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Long Miles, Lonely Roads: In Rural Texas, Dying at Home Means Little Is Easy
Mar 15, 2018 - Details the difficulty rural Texas hospice patients face in accessing care. Hospice providers here cover large areas and often drive hours in order to see and care for patients, which can mean long wait times and some services being provided over the phone.
Source: STAT News
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Combating Alabama’s Rural Doctor Shortage
Mar 14, 2018 - Details Alabama's demand for physicians to work in rural areas and the work of the University of Alabama's Rural Health Leaders Pipeline to meet this demand. This collection of programs do outreach to rural elementary and middle schools to get kids interested in medical careers, offer a glimpse at pre-med college life for high school students, and provide a five-year rural medical education program beginning during the last year before med school.
Source: WBHM 90.3
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HRSA: Proposed Changes to the Graduate Psychology Education Program Federal Register
Mar 14, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking public comment on the Graduate Psychology Education Program. The program is designed to prepare doctoral-level psychologists in settings that provide integrated primary and behavioral health services to underserved and/or rural populations. Comments must be received by received April 13, 2018 and will be used to develop future technical assistance and funding opportunities, as well as in strategic planning to meet training demands.
Source: Federal Register
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HRSA: Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-Based Linkages Federal Register
Mar 9, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration will convene two public meetings of the Advisory Committee on Interdisciplinary, Community-based Linkages (ACICBL). The Committee makes recommendations to the Secretary of HHS on programs related to Area Health Education Centers, geriatrics, allied health, social work, and rural health, among other things. Agendas for the meetings are available on the ACICBL website.
Source: Federal Register
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New RURAL Nurse Practitioner Program
Mar 5, 2018 - Frostburg State University (FSU) in Maryland announced the Nurse Practitioner (NP) program's official start would be in the fall 2018 semester. The program offers two concentrations, Family Nurse Practitioner (FNP) and Psychiatric and Mental Health Nurse Practitioner (PMHNP), both of which have been built with rural populations and rural health as foundations. To this end, target students are experienced registered nurses who already work and live in rural, medically underserved areas.
Source: Maryland Rural Health Association
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FARM Program Encourages USD Medical Students to Practice in Rural Areas
Mar 2, 2018 - Highlights the University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine's Frontier and Rural Medicine (FARM) program, which aims to increase the number of primary care physicians practicing in rural areas of the state by providing hands-on clinical training at rural sites.
Source: Sioux City Journal
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Guam Joins Interstate Medical Licensure Compact
Feb 27, 2018 - Announces that Guam is the first U.S. territory to join the Interstate Medical Licensure Compact. This compact offers an expedited path to licensure for physicians wishing to practice in multiple states and territories.
Source: Federation of State Medical Boards
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‘My Grandmother Was My Drive’: Navajo Returns to Her Roots to Serve Her People – and Achieves a First in the Process
Feb 23, 2018 - Spotlight on a Navajo dentist practicing on a Navajo reservation, providing culturally competent care to its remote residents, many of whom do not speak English.
Source: Omaha World-Herald
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A Larger Role for Midwives Could Improve Deficient U.S. Care for Mothers and Babies
Feb 22, 2018 - Highlights a new study which found a correlation between the integration and acceptance of midwives into obstetrical care and improved maternal and infant outcomes and cost-effectiveness of care. Details the history of the United States' move away from midwifery as well as the growing acceptance of nurse-midwives and the impact they could potentially have in addressing racial health disparities and care shortages in rural and low-income communities.
Source: ProPublica
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A Conversation with Mark Deutchman
Feb 20, 2018 - Radio interview with Mark Deutchman, M.D., a professor in the University of Colorado School of Medicine's Department of Family Medicine with faculty appointments in the School of Dental Medicine and the School of Public Health, the founding director of the School of Medicine's Rural Track, and the Executive Director of the Colorado Area Health Education Center Program Office. Discussion includes oral health and primary care integration, oral health access in rural areas, and the importance of primary care providers in rural areas, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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