Jan 31, 2023 - A new program at the Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences addresses workforce shortages by supporting rural pharmacies and increasing the number of rural pharmacists over the next 10 years. The curriculum includes hands-on experiences in rural clinics and a project focused on improving an aspect of rural health care. Students are eligible to receive a $10,000-a-year scholarship if they agree to practice for at least 3 years in rural Washington after graduation.
Jan 27, 2023 - The Louisiana Health Disparities in Rural Areas Task Force has been studying health disparities in rural Louisiana and has developed several legislative recommendations. The volunteer group consists of medical experts charged with finding solutions to close the healthcare gap between rural and urban areas. Approximately 98% of the state's population lives in federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas.
Jan 26, 2023 - Funding awards for a total of $139 million have been made to 302 tribal, urban, and Indian Health Service sites in 35 states for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians. This provides diabetes prevention and treatment services for American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jan 26, 2023 - Discusses disparities in access to breast cancer treatment between urban and rural patients, and how they might be addressed. Explores findings from a report by researchers from Cleveland Clinic that examined 2004-2012 data from the National Cancer Database.
Jan 25, 2023 - Researchers from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and Vanderbilt University Medical Center conducted a long-term study of 27,115 adults in 12 southeastern states, and found that adults living in rural areas have a 19% higher risk of developing heart failure compared to their urban counterparts. Rural Black men participating in the study had a 34% higher risk of heart failure compared to urban Black men.
Jan 23, 2023 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is allowing an additional 30 days for comments on the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). The NISVS is used to measure the extent of sexual violence (SV), stalking, and intimate partner violence (IPV) victimization among adults in the United States. Data collected will be used to inform public policies and prevention strategies and to help guide and evaluate progress toward reducing the substantial health and social burden associated with IPV, SV, and stalking. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Jan 17, 2023 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will hold a virtual public meeting of the USDA Equity Commission and Subcommittee on Agriculture on January 31, 2023, and February 2, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern each day. Agenda items may include but are not limited to administrative matters; presentations by the Rural Community Economic Development and Agriculture Subcommittees; and deliberations and voting of recommendations to be included in an interim report. Pre-registration for the meeting is requested.
Jan 13, 2023 - Describes fitness classes offered by Juniper, part of a Minnesota Area Agency on Aging initiative. In 2022 at least 1,547 seniors participated in an online fitness program through Juniper, and more than half were from rural areas.
Jan 11, 2023 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD) will hold a virtual public meeting on February 7, 2023, from 10:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Eastern. ACD advises the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Director of the CDC on policies and strategies that will enable the CDC to fulfill its mission of protecting health through health promotion, prevention, and preparedness. Agenda items will include discussions on CDC's current work and priorities as they relate to health equity and data and surveillance recommendations, a laboratory workgroup update with recommended action steps to the full ACD Committee, and an update on the public health infrastructure grant.
Jan 11, 2023 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention will hold a virtual public meeting of the Board of Scientific Counselors National Center for Health Statistics (BSC NCHS) on February 15, 2023, from 11:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Eastern. Agenda items include an update by the NCHS Director; an update on CDC's Data Modernization Initiative (DMI); program updates from NCHS Division Directors; and time for Board discussion regarding current issues and topics. Instructions on how to view the live meeting will be posted on the BSC NCHS website.