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Health Care Options Shrink as Rural Southern Hospitals Close Their Doors
May 25, 2018 - Details the struggles faced by residents in a rural North Carolina county following the closure of their local hospital, touching on the overall trend of rural hospital closures in the South tending to be in counties that are poorer or have higher minority populations. Although a multispecialty clinic has opened, residents have expressed that it does not adequately fill the gap left behind by the closed hospital.
Source: The Post and Courier
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SAMHSA Is Announcing the Availability of up to $95.9 Million for Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Expansion Grants
May 24, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for grants totaling up to $95.9 million over the next two years through the Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Expansion Grants in order to increase access to and improve the quality of community behavioral health services through the expansion of Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinics. SAMHSA expects to fund up to 25 grantees with up to $2 million per year for up to two years.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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SAMHSA Is Announcing the Availability of up to $230 Million for the Strategic Prevention Framework Partnerships for Success Grant Program
May 23, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for Strategic Prevention Framework - Partnerships for Success grants totaling up to $230 million over five years for substance abuse prevention that reaches populations most impacted. Although specifically focused on underage drinking among 9 to 20 year olds, recipients may also use funds to target up to two additional, data-driven substance abuse prevention priorities. SAMHSA expects to fund up to 34 grantees from up to $500,000 to $2.26 million per year for up to five years.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Senators Target Medicaid in Telehealth Bills Tackling Opioid Abuse
May 23, 2018 - Details four bills introduced in the U.S. Senate this week that aim to use telehealth to address the opioid epidemic and to reach more people on Medicaid and in rural areas. All of these bills have bi-partisan co-sponsors.
Source: mHealthIntelligence
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A Conversation with Carrie Henning Smith
May 22, 2018 - Radio interview with Dr. Carrie Henning-Smith, the Deputy Director of the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center and an Assistant Professor in the Division of Health Policy and Management at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Discussion includes an overview of the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center and its work, including research into barriers faced by rural residents in accessing nursing home care and related population health concerns, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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New Studies Confirm A Surge In Coal Miners' Disease
May 22, 2018 - Highlights a number of new studies about black lung disease. These studies found that more miners working in central Appalachia have earlier stages of the disease and more miners have suffered the advanced stages of the disease than previous government research has found. Other findings include sharp increases in the disease year after year, that lung function continues to get worse in miners with simple black lung even after they stop working, and a growing number of lung transplants for miners with severe symptoms.
Source: NPR
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E&C Advances 57 Total Bills to Combat the Opioid Crisis, Clearing Path to House Floor
May 17, 2018 - The U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee advanced a total of 57 bills related to combating the opioid epidemic to the House floor for consideration. 32 of those bills were advanced this week, and 25 were advanced last week.
Source: The U.S. House of Representatives Energy and Commerce Committee
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Gov. Doug Ducey Signs Bill Allowing 'Dental Therapists' to Practice in Arizona
May 17, 2018 - Details a new Arizona law allowing dental therapists to work in certain circumstances, either under a collaborative agreement or the direct supervision of a dentist. Supporters believe that this will improve access to dental care in rural and tribal areas. Opponents argued that everyone deserves the same high level of care and that efforts should be made to encourage dentists to practice in rural and tribal areas.
Source: azcentral
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Illicit Opioids: Office of National Drug Control Policy and Other Agencies Need to Better Assess Strategic Efforts
May 17, 2018 - Overview of a report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) which noted that only one of the five strategies to combat illicit opioids submitted to them by federal agencies included results-oriented measures and that without these kinds of outcome-based performance measures, federal agencies will not be able to accurately assess the efficacy of their efforts. It also found that although federal law enforcement agencies are increasingly coordinating with the public health sector to share overdose information, both sectors reported ongoing challenges to sharing data in an effective and accurate way.
Source: U.S. Government Accountability Office
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USDA Invests $243 Million in Rural Community Facility Improvements in 22 States
May 16, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded $243 million in investments in community facility projects through the Community Facilities Direct Loan Program. These loans will fund 50 projects in 22 states working to improve quality of life in rural communities. Priority is given to projects addressing the opioid crisis.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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