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How Hospitals Are Addressing the Needs of Underserved Children
Sep 4, 2018 - Highlights three hospitals from around the country that work to improve the health of underserved children, two of which are in rural areas. Winona Health in Minnesota holds Healthy Kids events to reduce childhood obesity through physical activity in play environments. FirstHealth in North Carolina has established three dental care centers to increase access to oral healthcare.
Source: American Hospital Association
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Community Health Aides: Alaska’s Unique Solution for Rural Health Care
Aug 29, 2018 - Discusses Alaska's Community Health Aide Program which trains people within rural and tribal villages in the state to provide basic care within communities where a doctor may visit only rarely. They can also use telehealth to send tests to bigger health facilities to provide more extensive care. The program has expanded to include behavioral and dental health aides.
Source: Alaska Public Media
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Still Grappling With Provider Access Issues, State Pours More Money Into Denti-Cal
Aug 20, 2018 - Discusses efforts to improve Denti-Cal, California's low-income dental program. Only just over 15% of the state's dentists accept Denti-Cal patients, although the program is trying to improve those rates. Discusses some of the reasons why dentists are reluctant to accept Denti-Cal and the specific efforts to improve them. Also touches on the high demand for dentists in rural areas.
Source: California Health Report
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