Skip to main content

Rural Health
News by Topic: Population health

Jun 15, 2020 - Telehealth's potential to transform healthcare has been highlighted during the COVID-19 pandemic, but it also revealed the extent of the healthcare gap that exists for rural and low-income residents. Provides recommendations to address the gap, including investing in rural broadband, marrying chronic and home care, and expanding telehealth in mental healthcare facilities, emergency responder vehicles, and hospitals.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jun 15, 2020 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration that the July and November meetings of the National Advisory Council on Migrant Health have been canceled.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 15, 2020 - The White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and Senior Administration Officials invite rural stakeholders to attend a virtual launch of the Rural Community Toolbox website on June 24, 2020. The Rural Community Toolbox will serve as a clearinghouse for funding and resources in over a dozen different federal agencies to help rural leaders build strong, healthy, and drug-free communities.
Source: White House Office of National Drug Control Policy
Jun 11, 2020 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced the opportunity to apply for funding under The Rural Communities Opioid Response Program - Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (RCORP-NAS). The purpose of the program is to reduce the incidence and impact of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) in rural communities and the target population is pregnant women and mothers with history of substance use disorder whose families reside in HRSA-designated rural areas.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
Jun 10, 2020 - Summarizes a new study that illuminated health and healthcare-related risks among rural residents compared to urban and suburban residents. Findings show rural residents are less likely to describe themselves as being in "excellent" or "good" health, as well as less likely to have health insurance, be offered various healthcare benefits, and use mobile health technology.
Source: Transamerica Center for Health Studies
Jun 5, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced new guidance that specifies additional data to be reported to HHS by laboratories along with Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) test results. The new reporting requirements include the collection of demographic data to ensure that all groups have equitable access to testing and to determine the burden of infection on vulnerable groups.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jun 5, 2020 - Announces a virtual public meeting of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) on June 17-18, 2020. The agenda includes updates from Department of Health and Human Services officials, discussion on several health data policy topics, and the refinement of its workplan for the next 12-month period. Public comments will be accepted on July 18th.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 3, 2020 - The American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) launched the Farm State of Mind campaign on their website, which aims to reduce stigma surrounding the topic of mental health in rural and farming communities. Includes information on AFBF's Rural Resilience Training Program, an online training program to help those who interact with farmers and ranchers recognize signs of stress and offer resources.
Source: American Farm Bureau Federation
Jun 1, 2020 - Discusses research that shows suicide rates in America have been rising for the past two years and are expected to continue to rise during the COVID-19 pandemic. Experts and researchers explain how a lack of access to mental healthcare in rural areas and a combination of economic failure, unemployment, social isolation, and uncertainty could result in additional deaths of despair.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jun 1, 2020 - As rural hospitals in Wisconsin reopen, the facilities are taking steps to ensure the safety of their patients and staff and protect against new outbreaks. Steps include new sanitation procedures, COVID-19 tests for all patients, requiring masks, and separating COVID patients from the other patients.
Source: Wisconsin Public Radio