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A Conversation with Kate Hill
Jul 17, 2018 - Radio interview with Kate Hill, a registered nurse and the Vice President of Clinical Services at The Compliance Team (TCT) where she directs their Rural Health Clinic Accreditation program. Discussion includes the work of TCT and how accreditation works, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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In Rural Wyoming, Women Must Often Travel Great Distances for Prenatal Care
Jul 15, 2018 - Details the barriers to accessing obstetrical care in rural areas of Wyoming, including a lack of providers, transportation issues, and the costs associated with travel. Also touches on some efforts to improve access within the state.
Source: Caspar Star Tribune
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‘Recovery Is Possible — and We’re Examples of It’
Jul 10, 2018 - Discusses behavioral health peer support specialists in Montana, where the professional was formalized last year. Peer supporters are people who have dealt with addiction or mental illness in the past and who, with professional training, help others work through their present struggles with these issues. Touches on a project called Never Alone that was developed in a rural town in the state to provide a drop-in center with recovery groups in the evenings during the week and social activities on the weekends.
Source: High Country News
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Montana Is Losing Essential Mental Health Services
Jul 9, 2018 - Highlights the barriers to accessing mental and behavioral healthcare in Montana. Also touches on the history of mental healthcare in the state and on efforts to overcome those barriers. Montana spent $241 per capita on state mental health programs in 2015 and was ranked 29th in the nation. By contrast, neighboring North Dakota only spent $94 per capita and was ranked 15th.
Source: High Country News
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Texas Clinics Busting Traditional Silos Of Mental And Physical Health Care
Jul 5, 2018 - Highlights efforts in Texas to provide integrated mental and physical healthcare. This is especially difficult in rural areas of the state, which already struggle to recruit providers and which may not be able to support the additional workforce.
Source: Kaiser Health News
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A Conversation with Katie Peterson
Jul 3, 2018 - Radio interview with Katie Peterson, Chief Nursing Officer at Pender Community Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital in Pender, Nebraska. Discussion includes Pender and its hospital, recruitment and retention, and the hospital's work with behavioral health and telehealth, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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HRSA: Lists of Designated Primary Medical Care, Mental Health, and Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas Federal Register
Jul 2, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration announces the availability of the complete lists of all geographic areas, population groups, and facilities designated as primary care, mental health, and/or dental care Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs). Lists are available on the HPSA Find website and are current as of May 1, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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New UM Docs Ready to Cross Montana to Begin Rural Family Medicine
Jul 2, 2018 - Details the University of Montana's Family Medicine Residency, which focuses on training doctors to work in the state, especially in rural and underserved areas. When the program began in 2013, it had 10 students and four faculty members. Now it has 30 residents and 13 faculty. This rural-focused residency was established to address Montana's growing need for primary care providers that is only expected to get worse as older doctors retire.
Source: Missoula Current
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HRSA Needs New and Experienced Grant Reviewers
Jun 28, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking experienced grant reviewers with expertise in health professions training, HIV/AIDS, maternal and child health service, organ donation/transplantation, primary care for underserved populations, and rural healthcare.
Source: Grant Solutions
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Illinois to Expand Number of Physician Assistants Allowed By Law
Jun 28, 2018 - Highlights a bill in Illinois that, if signed by Governor Bruce Rauner, would increase the number of physician assistants a doctor is allowed to collaborate with and remove the upper limit on physician assistants in areas facing a shortage of healthcare providers. The aim of this bill is to increase access to primary care in rural and underserved areas of the state and keep providers who want to work in those areas in the state.
Source: Illinois Newsroom
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