News by Topic: Population health
Dec 6, 2019 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking comment on changes to an information collection for the Coal Worker's Health Surveillance Program (CWHSP). The program is designed to monitor the health of coal miners and to track trends and patterns in the prevalence of black lung disease. Comments are due by February 4, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 5, 2019 - A hospital in rural Minnesota partnered with a local insurer to hire a social worker for patients who visit the emergency department (ED) at least three times in a span of four months. The social worker focuses on addressing the mental health and social support needs of ED frequent flyers, decreasing the number of visits and overall cost of care to the hospital.
Source: Health Leaders Media
IHS and AAP Release Clinical Recommendations to Improve Care of American Indian, Alaska Native Women and Infants Impacted by Prenatal Opioid Exposure
Dec 5, 2019 - The Indian Health Service (HIS) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Committee on Native American Child Health released recommendations on neonatal opioid withdrawal syndrome (NOWS) for tribal healthcare facilities. The recommendations aim to provide a standard of care and improve the outcomes of infants at risk of NOWS.
Source: Indian Health Service
Dec 4, 2019 - Highlights a program in rural Kentucky that hosts an open-mic for those with a history of addiction. The culture of recovery program also teaches people how to make stringed instruments and focuses on celebrating the local mountain music heritage rich in Appalachia.
CDC: Priority Topics for the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF); Request for Information Federal Register
Dec 3, 2019 - The Center for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking public comment to identify topics of public health importance to inform the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF) evidence-based recommendations. The CDC will use the information to guide their selection of priority topics for the next five years. Comments are due by January 23, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
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.
Dec 3, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announces the launch of the Ready, Set, PrEP program to make pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), an HIV prevention medication, free to those without prescription insurance. Includes information on the medication and the Ending the HIV Epidemic: A Plan for America initiative.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Researchers Find Mental Health of Parents Matters When It Comes to Child Obesity; Study Also Examined Role of Income and Rurality
Dec 3, 2019 - Presents an overview of a study that found a link between parents' mental health and their child's weight. When adjusted for factors like food insecurity and physical activity, maternal mental health was found to have more of a correlation to the weight of their child.
Source: Kentucky Health News
Dec 2, 2019 - Identifies counties in South New Jersey as having a shortage of physicians and nurses as well as low per-capita income and poor health outcomes. Discusses possible solutions to the shortage, such as allowing nurses to have more authority and decreasing the cost of medical school.
Source: NJ Spotlight
Dec 2, 2019 - Presents an overview of a survey taken by farmers in 3 counties of rural Wisconsin on how they prefer to receive mental health and agricultural safety information. Results show farmers prefer to receive mental health information from experts, their family members, and friends, and prefer face-to-face communication and newspapers as the method of delivery.