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A Conversation with Mark Deutchman
Feb 20, 2018 - Radio interview with Mark Deutchman, M.D., a professor in the University of Colorado School of Medicine's Department of Family Medicine with faculty appointments in the School of Dental Medicine and the School of Public Health, the founding director of the School of Medicine's Rural Track, and the Executive Director of the Colorado Area Health Education Center Program Office. Discussion includes oral health and primary care integration, oral health access in rural areas, and the importance of primary care providers in rural areas, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request Federal Register
Feb 16, 2018 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking comments through March 8, 2018, regarding quality improvement initiatives that may help AHRQ improve clinical practice, improve patient safety or reduce harm, address healthcare disparities, improve prevention practices, and/or collaborate with community groups to improve healthcare. AHRQ is also seeking comments on ways to tailor and improve the use of AHRQ quality improvement measures. Specifically, AHRQ is requesting comments from hospitals and other healthcare organizations, clinicians, quality improvement experts, researchers, quality measure developers, and the public. Includes a series of questions to help guide responses.
Source: Federal Register
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Arnold School Alumnus Graham Adams Leads Rural Health Conversation Statewide, Worldwide
Feb 16, 2018 - Highlights the work of Graham Adams, the chief executive officer for the South Carolina Office of Rural Health, including his participation in the Salzburg Global Seminar and the South Carolina Rural Health Action Plan, a 3-5 year plan to improve rural health in the state.
Source: Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina
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Infant Death Rates Are Higher in Rural America - but Not for All Causes
Feb 16, 2018 - Details the results of a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics on the five leading causes of infant death and how these mortality rates vary in rural and urban areas. Although rural infant deaths have been higher for some time, this is the first breakdown by causes, and reveals that for the most recent data, rural rates were only higher for three of these five causes.
Source: Chicago Tribune
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SAMHSA Publishes Guidance on Clinical Best Practices Using Medication-Assisted Treatment to Combat the Opioid Epidemic
Feb 15, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) published the Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 63, "Medications for Opioid Use Disorder", to serve as guidance for healthcare professionals treating patients with opioid use disorder using medication-assisted treatment.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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A Mental Health Funder Shifts Focus from Illness to Wellness in a Look Upstream
Feb 14, 2018 - The Hogg Foundation for Mental Health announced it would be offering grants for community-based projects in rural Texas addressing the social and environmental factors that contribute to poor mental health over time.
Source: Inside Philanthropy
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The Lack of a College Degree Is a Public-Health Crisis. Here’s What Higher Ed Can Do About It.
Feb 14, 2018 - Discusses the connection between health and higher education as it relates to rural areas, where there are often fewer people who pursue a degree beyond high school. Includes thoughts from experts in health, education, and economics as well as some college leaders.
Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education
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Aetna Foundation to Support States in Fight Against the Opioid Epidemic
Feb 13, 2018 - The Aetna Foundation announced that it will provide grants totaling $6 million to fund projects combating the opioid epidemic. These will be projects that state and local leaders have identified as promising. The first $1 million grant will be awarded to the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition's (NCHRC) Rural Opioid Overdose Prevention Project, which distributes naloxone and provides education in five rural North Carolina counties.
Source: Business Wire
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CFO Grant Program Addresses Health Issues In Rural Ozarks
Feb 13, 2018 - Details the efforts of the Rural Ozarks Health Initiative (ROHI), a partnership between the Community Foundation of the Ozarks and the Missouri Foundation For Health. ROHI is a 3 year grant program that offers funding for rural communities to address physical and mental health issues.
Source: KSMU Ozarks Public Radio
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Here Are the Places That Struggle to Meet the Rules on Safe Drinking Water
Feb 12, 2018 - Details some of the concerns about safe drinking water in the U.S. A new study found that many of the country's water systems have been in violation of federal Safe Drinking Water health standards, and that these violations are more common in small, rural, and low-income communities which may not have the resources to keep up with these federal standards. Also includes some possible solutions.
Source: The New York Times
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