Sep 6, 2023 - Highlights efforts by the Veterans Administration to decrease cancer outcome disparities for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Veterans. Discusses rural specific challenges such as access to care as well as lack of culturally responsive care. Offers data for cancer screening and outcomes for AI/AN Veterans.
Source: VA News
Aug 9, 2023 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $30 million to Health Resource and Services Administration (HRSA) funded health centers to increase health screenings for children 5 and younger. Notes that HRSA health centers provide high-quality care to their communities, including 1 in 5 rural residents.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Aug 4, 2023 - Highlights findings from a conference focused on Alzheimer's, including advances with potential to impact rural residents. New testing methods may allow for testing at home, making diagnosis more accessible. Additionally, new methods of measuring Alzheimer's prevalence gives a picture of disease impact at a county level. Oregon sees higher prevalence in rural counties where the population tends to be older. Notes this data can help with distribution of resources and funding for Alzheimer's care.
Aug 1, 2023 - Blog post describing ways in which integrating primary care with mental health care and substance use disorder screening and treatment can address the mental health crisis while reducing disparities in care. Explores technologies such as telemedicine, which can provide benefits as well as challenges for people in rural areas.
Source: The Commonwealth Fund