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News by Topic: Population health

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
Jan 7, 2020 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration to update the guidelines for preventive services and screenings for women to include screening for anxiety. The services included in the guidelines are required to be covered without cost-sharing by non-grandfathered group health plans and health insurance issuers offering non-grandfathered group or individual health insurance coverage. Coverage of this new service is required with the first plan year that begins on or after December 17, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 6, 2020 - Clemson University and the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) created the Healthy Me—Healthy SC program to expand healthcare to rural areas of the state. The program utilizes mobile clinics and telehealth, focuses on preventive care to improve health outcomes for rural populations.
Source: The Newsstand, Clemson University
Jan 6, 2020 - Researchers and mental health advocates are studying an online program's effectiveness at reducing symptoms of depression and anxiety, in hopes they can adjust it to better fit rural Montanans. The program provides individuals with tailored videos based on responses to a series of questions and teaches them how to use therapeutic practices to manage their mental health.
Source: Montana Public Radio
Jan 3, 2020 - Features a health department and its new Public Health Director who are making it their mission to combat human trafficking in rural Kentucky. Describes how they will use education to bring attention to the growing epidemic of human trafficking and highlight their other programs.
Source: The Grayson County News Gazette
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