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News by Topic: Primary care

Compassion, Faith Drive FPOY to Help Patients, Community
Oct 11, 2018 - Will Cooke, M.D. has been named the American Academy of Family Physicians 2019 Family Physician of the Year. Provides highlights from his career, including his work with HIV/AIDS patients and how he helped his community of Austin, IN during the worst drug-related HIV outbreak in the United States.
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians
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FPs Are Answer to Rural Maternity Care Crisis
Oct 10, 2018 - Blog post by Dr. John Cullen, president of the American Academy of Family Physicians, sharing his experience in providing obstetrical care as a rural family physician in Alaska. Stresses the importance of family physicians and OB/Gyns working together in order to reverse trends in rural maternal and infant mortality.
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians
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West Tennessee Healthcare Collaborative Improves Behavioral Health Patients’ Access to Care, Reduces Stigma
Sep 27, 2018 - Details the work of the West Tennessee Healthcare Collaborative to identify and address behavioral health issues that impact the community. Among other things, the collaboration trained people in the use of naloxone, including in rural areas, created a space to treat pregnant women with substance use disorders in a rural area, and implemented telehealth to improve access to care.
Source: American Hospital Association
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HHS Awards Nearly $60 million to Support Community Health Centers Impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria
Sep 6, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded nearly $60 million to 161 community health centers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, South Carolina, Texas, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This funding, administered through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Capital Assistance for Hurricane Response and Recovery Efforts (CARE) program, will help provide continued access to primary healthcare services in areas affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Missouri Hospital Association Anticipates Primary Care Physician Shortage In Rural Missouri
Sep 6, 2018 - Radio interview with Mary Beck, the author of a recent report from the Missouri Hospital Association. The report explores projected primary care shortages in rural Missouri. Discussion includes ages of existing primary care providers, primary care facilities closing, efforts within the state to address this issue, and more.
Source: KRCU
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Community Health Aides: Alaska’s Unique Solution for Rural Health Care
Aug 29, 2018 - Discusses Alaska's Community Health Aide Program which trains people within rural and tribal villages in the state to provide basic care within communities where a doctor may visit only rarely. They can also use telehealth to send tests to bigger health facilities to provide more extensive care. The program has expanded to include behavioral and dental health aides.
Source: Alaska Public Media
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HRSA: Request for Nominations for the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry Federal Register
Aug 24, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration is seeking nominations to serve on the Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry (ACTPCMD). The committee provides recommendations on policy and program development for medicine and dentistry activities under Section 747 of the Public Health Service Act (PHS Act), as well as developing, publishing, and implementing performance measures and evaluations for programs under Part C of Title VII of the PHS Act. There will be a balanced representation of members from rural and urban areas and between health professions. Nominations are accepted on a continuous basis.
Source: Federal Register
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Wanted: Rural Doctors
Aug 22, 2018 - Discusses the great need for doctors in rural areas, focusing on Alabama to illustrate the national problem. Highlights a number of barriers to recruitment and retention for rural areas including lower salaries, high student debt, lack of opportunities in rural areas for spouses, and more.
Source: U.S. News and World Report
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