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Rural Risk: Mobile Clinics Help Tackle Multifaceted Opioid Crisis
Aug 20, 2018 - Describes the work of two mobile clinics in the Ohio Valley working to help minimize the harm caused by the opioid epidemic. One provides education about the use of naloxone, teaching people how to help a person who has overdosed on opioids, as well as distributing naloxone. The other offers needle-cleaning kits, testing for hepatitis C, and refers people to other health services in their area. Using a mobile clinic allows these programs to reach rural people who might not have the ability to travel for these services.
Source: WFPL News
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This E.R. Treats Opioid Addiction on Demand. That’s Very Rare.
Aug 18, 2018 - Discusses a California emergency room that provides medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to help stabilize patients who come in experiencing symptoms of opioid withdrawal. There are indications that people who experience this are more likely seek treatment, in part because they've had the experience of feeling "normal" again. Touches on a rural hospital in the state that has adopted the program as well as the stigma against MAT they had to overcome at its inception. (May require subscription to view full article.)
Source: The New York Times
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Telepharmacy Eases Staffing Shortages at Rural Clinics and Hospitals
Aug 15, 2018 - Discusses ways in which telehealth and telepharmacy have allowed some rural hospitals to offer services they wouldn't otherwise be able to offer due to staffing and cost issues.
Source: HealthLeaders Media
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Celebrating America’s Health Centers: Our Healthcare Heroes
Aug 13, 2018 - Blog post from the Administrator of the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), George Sigounas, on National Health Center Week. Discusses the work of health centers across the country and the impact they have on health in their communities.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Blog
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RUS: Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program Federal Register
Aug 9, 2018 - USDA's Rural Utilities Service announces an additional application window for the Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) grant program for FY 2018. Applications should emphasize priorities for either a national water and wastewater infrastructure application assistance and project development program or a national apprenticeship/workforce development program. Applications are due by September 10, 2018.
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SAMHSA Publishes Spanish-Language Toolkit to Prevent Opioid Overdose
Aug 9, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) published its Opioid Overdose Prevention Toolkit in Spanish. This toolkit provides strategies for healthcare providers, communities, and local governments to help prevent opioid-related overdoses and deaths.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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The Number of Women with Opioid Use Disorder at Labor and Delivery Quadrupled from 1999-2014
Aug 9, 2018 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published a Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) which found that, in the 28 states with available data, the rates of pregnant women with opioid use disorder (OUD) at labor and delivery have more than quadrupled from 1999 to 2014. Includes information on individual state rate increases as well as resources related to OUD during pregnancy.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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To Improve Health Disparities, Focus on Oral Health
Aug 9, 2018 - Discusses the impact of poor oral health access on overall health as well as its role in perpetuating cycles of poverty and declining health. Touches on several solutions, including the integration of primary and dental care to improve access in rural and underserved areas.
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Blog
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A Conversation with Kelly McGrath
Aug 7, 2018 - Radio interview with Kelly McGrath, MD, MS, Chief Medical Officer of Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics in rural Idaho and the Idaho Medical Director for Qualis Health, a Medicare Quality Improvement Organization. Discussion includes Patient Centered Medical Homes and neighborhoods, organizational culture, residency training, and a number of innovative approaches that have been tried at Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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Rural Health Disparities in HIV Testing Found in the United States
Aug 7, 2018 - Highlights recent research published in Sexually Transmitted Diseases which found that rural residents have lower rates of testing for HIV, both in the previous year and over their lifetime. Also examined differences in testing locations (clinic, hospital, or doctor's office) between rural and urban residents.
Source: Infectious Disease Advisor
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