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News by Topic: Population health

Jan 1, 2020 - Examines trends that have shaped Ohio Valley's economy and health over the past ten years. Includes statistics on rural and urban population changes, median income shifts, the fall of the coal industry, the rise of the opioid epidemic, and healthcare access.
Source: Ohio Valley Resource
Dec 30, 2019 - Video features a family physician in rural Wisconsin who recognized the lack of resources for chronic pain patients who receive opioid prescriptions. She began educating patients on the risks of opioid use, implemented medication treatment agreements, and helped many wean off of their prescriptions in order to curb opioid use in her community.
Source: NPR
Dec 29, 2019 - Features the CEO of the Rural Health Medical Program, which is a group of community health clinics in the Alabama Black Belt region. The area faces many challenges to accessing healthcare, such as provider shortages and poverty. Highlights the positive work she has done for her community to overcome those barriers.
Source: Advance Local Media
Dec 27, 2019 - The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) announced 42 new grants to community-based coalitions for the Drug-Free Communities (DFC) Support Program. The funding intends to strengthen resources available to local partners to help reduce youth substance abuse.
Source: Office of National Drug Control Policy
Dec 26, 2019 - The National Rural Oral Health Initiative (NROHI) is requesting information on best practices to address rural oral health issues for inclusion in a compendium. Submissions are due by February 27, 2020.
Source: National Rural Health Association
Dec 26, 2019 - Many rural areas are struggling to keep local grocery stores open, features a couple who purchased a deli to sell healthy foods in a rural Minnesota town. Highlights the steps they have taken to improve their community's health and navigate the risks of operating a business in a small town.
Source: West Central Tribune
Dec 23, 2019 - Rural Belmont County, Ohio has seen a dip in life expectancy due to the opioid and methamphetamine epidemic in Appalachia. Describes Ohio Valley's history and how a loss of the industries that once ran the area is a major driver in the increase of substance abuse.
Source: WXXI News
Dec 23, 2019 - Summarizes research on long-term ozone and wood smoke exposure and its effect on the lung health of smokers and non-smokers. Former and current smokers were found to be at high risk of chronic lung disease and more susceptible to environmental factors, and rural residents, who are more likely to use wood or coal as a primary heat source, were found to have COPD rates twice that of urban areas.
Source: News Wise
Dec 21, 2019 - Features the National Resource Center on Native American Aging, who helps tribes across the country administer a needs assessment survey and apply for federal funding to fix issues identified, focusing on the needs of Native elders. The North Dakota-based center is funded by the Administration for Community Living (ACL) and celebrated its 25th anniversary this year.
Source: Grand Forks Herald
Dec 20, 2019 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking comment on Cognitive Testing and Pilot Testing for the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. These testing activities will help to improve the quality and efficiency of CDC information collections by testing new survey questions, question formatting, survey protocols, and data collection software. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register