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News by Topic: Mortality

Apr 10, 2024 - Highlights efforts to reduce maternal mortality in Kentucky by identifying contributing factors and implement best practices in those areas through the Kentucky Maternal Morbidity and Mortality (KyMMM) Task Force. Notes that rural residents and other groups have disparate rates of mortality. In addition to this program, the Perinatal Community Health Worker Program has been established to connect pregnant and postpartum people with culturally relevant services. Offers contact information to learn more about the programs or to explore joining the KyMMM Task Force.
Source: UK Now
Apr 8, 2024 - Discusses the mortality rate disparity between rural and urban residents following recent research showing the gap has widened to 43% in 2019 from 6% in 1999 for adults between 25 and 54. Offers analysis by experts on causes of this disparity including social vulnerability factors, community vitality, and insurance rates. Discusses the potential impact of COVID-19 on current mortality rates.
Source: CBS News, KFF Health News
Apr 4, 2024 - Discusses mortality disparities for rural and urban communities across Northeast Ohio and potential reasons including healthcare access, workforce shortages, limited transportation options, and inadequate broadband.
Source: Ideastream Public Media
Mar 28, 2024 - Summarizes recent research investigating suicidal ideation and mortality among rural Black men in Georgia. Discusses reasons for higher rates such as childhood trauma, poverty, and exposure to racism.
Source: HealthDay News
Mar 21, 2024 - Describes a naloxone distribution program on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Discusses their approach as a harm-reduction method for reducing overdose deaths.
Source: Char-Koosta News
Mar 6, 2024 - Discusses the rise in colorectal cancer rates and mortality disparities for Black and rural Americans. Highlights efforts by multiple states to increase screening rates including in rural West Virginia. Notes challenges for rural residents such as distance to care and shortages of specialists.
Source: Stateline
Feb 21, 2024 - Summarize a recent study finding race disparities in buprenorphine prescribing for in both rural and urban communities. Study examined 2018 prescribing data at the zip code level. Notes that the lack of medical providers for the rural minority communities is the reason for the rural disparity. Also discusses urban disparities trends and the impact these trends have on overdose mortality for various race and ethnicities.
Source: 90.5 WESA
Feb 14, 2024 - Announcement of a new collaborative among 6 states aiming to understand the challenges leading to postpartum mortality and find new solutions to address it. This collaborative will work alongside the National Governors Association initiative Improving Maternal and Child Health in Rural America State and Territory Policy Learning Collaborative which focuses on policy to improve health outcomes.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Feb 13, 2024 - An Indiana rural emergency medical service crew is now carrying whole blood to administer in the field as a pilot project. Notes long transport times to a trauma hospital means worse patient survival rates. Blood transfusions in the field are expected to improve these rates.
Source: WISH