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HHS Awards $293 Million to Expand Primary Health Care Workforce
Oct 18, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced funding through the National Health Services Corps (NHSC) and the Nurse Corps programs, which provide scholarships and loan repayment to providers for working in areas of the country with limited access to care. $293 million in funding will connect primary care providers and students to rural, tribal, and other underserved communities across the country.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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USDA Provides Opportunities in Education, Health Care Services and Job Training for 125,000 Rural Alaskans
Oct 18, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $1.2 million in providing virtual access to job training, and educational and healthcare opportunities in rural Alaska. This funding, from the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program, will benefit the Alaska Native Tribal Consortium, the Alaska Gateway School District, and the North Slope Borough School District.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
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FPs Are Answer to Rural Maternity Care Crisis
Oct 10, 2018 - Blog post by Dr. John Cullen, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, sharing his experience in providing obstetrical care as a rural family physician in Alaska. Stresses the importance of family physicians and OB/Gyns working together in order to reverse trends in rural maternal and infant mortality.
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians
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From a Physician Assistant in Fairbanks to a Vending Machine in Interior Alaska: Witnessing Tribal Health Solutions Firsthand
Oct 9, 2018 - Blog post, written by Eric Hargan, Deputy Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, detailing a tour of several Alaskan communities to learn about how healthcare is delivered in remote parts of the state through telehealth services, vending machines that dispense medications, and through the use of community health aids.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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HRSA: Charter Renewal for the Council on Graduate Medical Education Federal Register
Oct 9, 2018 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration announcing that the Council on Graduate Medical Education (COGME) has been rechartered, effective September 30, 2018 through September 30, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
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A Conversation with Portia Brown
Oct 8, 2018 - Radio interview with Portia Brown, Vice President of Valley Health Page Memorial Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital in Luray, Virginia that also has five Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) associated with it. Discussion includes her role as a Rural Health Fellow with the National Rural Health Association; the Undergraduate Primary Care and Rural Education (UPCARE) project, an education program focused on training nurses to serve in primary care and mental health in rural areas of the state; and a program being deployed in RHCs that uses a clinical pharmacist to address potential opioid addiction in patients.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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Indian Health Service Provider Vacancies a ‘Never-ending Cycle’
Oct 8, 2018 - Discusses a recent Government Accountability Office report examining causes of and potential solutions to high staff vacancy rates at Indian Health Service (IHS) facilities.
Source: High Country News
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UNK Program Addresses Need for Rural Health Care Providers
Oct 6, 2018 - Highlights the Kearney Health Opportunities Program, a health professions education program that provides full-tuition scholarships to the University of Nebraska at Kearney and guarantees admission to the health professional program of their choice at the University of Nebraska Medical Center for students who commit to practicing in rural areas of the state.
Source: Kearney Hub
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Strengthening Health and Health Care in Rural America
Oct 4, 2018 - Blog post from the Commonwealth Fund written by Mary Wakefield. Discusses the history of rural health, the present and future health needs in rural communities, and the efforts of the Commonwealth Fund to improve rural health both in the past and looking forward. Includes considerations around payment policy, healthcare delivery, healthcare workforce, community partnerships, and research.
Source: To The Point, The Commonwealth Fund
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Solo FP Finds Fulfillment Serving Rural Patients, Community
Oct 3, 2018 - Highlights the experiences and difficulties of a rural primary care physician in Ohio. Touches on the challenges of operating a solo practice, like additional administrative duties and extra work to maintain electronic health records (EHR), issues with recruitment and retention, and more. Also explores the joys of this kind of medicine and the important role he serves in his community.
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians
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