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News by Topic: Population health

Jan 23, 2020 - Features the new executive director of the National Center for Frontier Communities (NCFC), a group dedicated to research and advocacy to improve the health of America's frontier. Explains the challenges frontier communities face and how to define "frontier" for the purposes of state and federal funding.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jan 23, 2020 - Summarizes a policy brief from the National Rural Health Association, describes how one third of rural emergency medical services are extremely short-staffed and in "immediate operational jeopardy." Addresses contributing factors such as the disparity that rural residents are more likely to die following traumatic injury than non-rural patients.
Source: The Rural Blog
Jan 22, 2020 - Summarizes a study conducted by the non-profit ACT, which identified that students of color felt more uncomfortable seeking mental health support than their white counterparts. The survey also found rural students had more trouble accessing mental health services, recommending schools offer students the option to teleconference with counselors.
Source: Diverse Education
Jan 22, 2020 - Provides an overview of the healthcare system in Maryland, the only state in the U.S. to widely utilize a global hospital budget. Explains how their system could be used as a model for other states, as the budget allows them to focus on "doing the right thing." Includes the limitations of implementing a similar program.
Source: Vox
Jan 21, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is requesting information to inform future activities that support health equity in tobacco prevention and control among certain population groups. Factors impacting the disparity population groups include age, disability, rural/urban status, income, race/ethnicity, and educational attainment, among other things. Information must be submitted to the CDC by March 23, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 18, 2020 - After a dairy farmer in rural Wisconsin committed suicide, his friends created the Farmer Angel Network to spread awareness and share resources to help other farmers who are dealing with similar mental health issues. The Network holds meetings to help farmers realize they are not alone in the challenges they face.
Source: The Washington Post
Jan 17, 2020 - Summarizes a study that found a disparity in access to preventative dental care for rural and urban residents of Utah. The findings show that most hospital visits to address oral health problems happened outside of regular business hours, with patients of color more likely to visit the ER for dental care than white patients.
Source: The Times Independent
Jan 17, 2020 - Highlights several school-based telehealth programs that are addressing the healthcare needs of students in rural and underprivileged areas. Addresses the challenges of implementing these programs but explains how equal access to healthcare has improved student attendance and learning.
Source: Xtelligent Healthcare Media
Jan 16, 2020 - The North Carolina Rules Review Commissions approved a rule change that allows dental hygienists in health provider shortage areas to complete preventive services, such as sealants and fluoride treatments, without an having a dentist complete an exam beforehand.
Source: Public Radio East
Jan 16, 2020 - Summarizes a report that makes recommendations for tackling social determinants of health and improving older Americans' health in rural areas. The report also highlights successful model programs that reduced loneliness among older adults and describes the importance of collaboration between public and private sectors.
Source: Tivity Health