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Rural Health
News by Topic: Mortality

Dec 9, 2019 - While child mortality rates in the U.S. have decreased, researchers find the improvements were not equal among minorities in rural areas. Includes data outlining the disparities and emphasizes the importance of continuing research to further improve child mortality rates.
Source: Daily Yonder
Dec 5, 2019 - Discusses the opioid epidemic in the U.S. and analyzes how death from opioid overdoses has changed geographically over the past few decades. Includes data on opioid overdose mortality rates by county and rurality, describes the differences in type of substances in rural areas versus urban areas.
Source: City Lab
Dec 3, 2019 - The December 2019 issue of Health Affairs features articles focusing on different aspects of rural health, including topics like substance abuse, palliative care, access to care, workforce, mortality disparities, and more.
Nov 26, 2019 - Summarizes a study that reported three straight years of declining life expectancy in the U.S., attributed to an uptick in deaths from opioid and alcohol abuse as well as obesity. Describes a disparity between rural and urban life expectancies due to healthcare access and income inequality.
Source: American Journal of Managed Care
Nov 22, 2019 - Video from the Indian Health Service (IHS) on the prescription medication Naloxone and the trainings provided in the Red Lake Nation community to fight the opioid crisis.
Source: Indian Health Service
Nov 21, 2019 - Efforts are underway to address the increasing suicide rate among Native Americans in North Dakota and Minnesota; data remains limited, but prevention coordinators are working to collect more accurate numbers. A member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa describes her personal experience with losing a loved one to suicide.
Source: Grand Forks Herald
Nov 21, 2019 - Covers the 'rehab deserts' in southern Utah and describes that even though substance abuse is on the rise, the number of treatment centers remains insufficient. Discusses how capital funding, stigma, and the cost of care are barriers to those seeking substance use treatment.
Source: The Spectrum
Nov 18, 2019 - Summary of a report from Dig Deep and the U.S. Water Alliance describes that Native Americans are less likely able to access water than any other group. Features a Native resident of the Navajo Nation, as she travels 9 miles to the nearest water station to pay for drinkable water.
Source: KCRW
Nov 16, 2019 - Features Ellenville Regional Hospital in rural New York which is preventing deaths from opioids with its collaborative program aimed to help people who suffer from substance use disorder obtain treatment. The hospital utilizes medication-assisted treatment and connects patients with external programs; they also offer "safe-use" kits and other harm-reduction materials.
Source: Record Online
Nov 13, 2019 - Summarizes a study announcing kidney damage among women hospitalized during pregnancy is on the rise, with higher rates reported in rural hospitals than urban ones. Includes an opinion from the study author, who states the need for a change in policies regarding obstetric care of women.
Source: U.S. News & World Report