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News by Topic: Population health

Jan 15, 2020 - The North Dakota Commerce Committee met to discuss the state's rural grocery system and how to best address the lack of access to fresh foods in rural communities. Some programs are currently testing the use of distribution hubs and climate-controlled grocery locker systems to see if these could be viable solutions to the issue.
Source: KX Net
Jan 15, 2020 - An independent panel created by the National Institutes of Health recommends additional research in assessing and addressing disparities in access to healthcare in order to prevent disease in underserved patients. The report identifies 26 recommendations for addressing research gaps and how healthcare systems can better implement preventative services.
Source: National Institutes of Health
Jan 15, 2020 - Summarizes research that found a decrease in the overdose death rate as active coal mining jobs declined in rural Appalachia. This research counters the argument that the opioid crisis was fueled by the disappearance of the coal industry leading many miners to lose their jobs.
Source: 100 Days in Appalachia
Jan 14, 2020 - The University of Kentucky conducted a study in which Appalachian Kentucky participants took part in a self-care course and focused on reducing risk factors for heart disease, such as weight, cholesterol, or blood pressure. During the process, researchers learned from the residents and adapted their program to fit the cultural needs of the area.
Source: American Heart Association
Jan 14, 2020 - Provides an overview of a report identifying hundreds of contaminated water sources in rural Minnesota. The water systems were found to have levels of nitrate above the legal limit, efforts to prevent further contamination include limiting the use of nitrogen fertilizer.
Source: Brainerd Dispatch
Jan 13, 2020 - Announces a public meeting of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Advisory Committee on Minority Health (ACMH) on January 30-31, 2020. The meeting will focus on the discussion of strategies to improve access to and success of clinical prevention services among racial and ethnic minorities. Registration for the call is required by January 24, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 11, 2020 - Describes how telehealth can be used to connect rural patients with specialty oncology services through a partnership between Tahoe Forest Hospital and University of California Davis. Initial visits are held at the Cancer Center, but follow up visits can be completed with the patients preferred provider, decreasing travel times without sacrificing care.
Source: Targeted Oncology
Jan 10, 2020 - The opioid epidemic has hit rural West Virginia hard, one school created the "life and recovery coach academy" to educate students on administering opioid overdose reversal medications and on how to help those struggling with substance use disorders.
Source: West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Jan 8, 2020 - Highlights the work of Healthier Together Taliaferro, a program in rural northeast Georgia designed to address the obesity epidemic through activities that promote healthy eating and physical activity. Discusses challenges with sustainable funding and in creating long-term community engagement.
Source: Albany Herald
Jan 7, 2020 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking nominations to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Specific areas of expertise being sought include public health, health equity and the reduction of health disparities, application of science to health policy, dissemination and implementation, behavioral medicine, and communication of scientific findings to diverse audiences. Nominations of individuals clinical expertise in family medicine, internal medicine, pediatrics, and obstetrics and gynecology will receive the strongest consideration. Nominations are due by March 15th.
Source: Federal Register