Skip to main content

Rural Health
News by Topic: Rural-urban differences

Aug 13, 2020 - In rural West Virginia, emergency service calls decreased early on in the COVID-19 pandemic, but in May, calls skyrocketed due to an increase in motor vehicle accidents, elderly health problems, and drug overdoses. Describes how the additional cost of COVID-19 personal protective equipment has impacted emergency medical service finances and discusses the toll the job takes on the mental health of personnel.
Source: 100 Days in Appalachia
Aug 11, 2020 - Analyzes new COVID-19 infection rates and finds that for the first time since May, infections in rural areas declined week to week, but the number of deaths is still increasing. Includes an interactive map of all U.S. counties new infection rates.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Aug 10, 2020 - Summarizes the Accelerating Connected Care and Education Support Services on the Internet (ACCESS the Internet) Act, a bill introduced to Congress that would increase funding for telehealth expansion and access to broadband. If passed, the bill would provide an additional $400 million to the Federal Communications Commission's COVID-19 Telehealth Program, another $100 million for the Department of Veterans Affairs to expand telehealth access for rural and undeserved veterans, $1.3 billion to the Department of Education to boost distance learning service, and give $200 million to the Institute for Museum and Library Services to improve internet connectivity for libraries in rural areas.
Source: Xtelligent Healthcare Media
Aug 10, 2020 - Provides an overview of research that demonstrates that even though mortality rates are getting better, there are disparities in outcomes for black men living in rural areas. Discusses how understanding the intersectional factors of health disparities can help to inform public health policy that is tailored to benefit underserved demographics and improve health equity.
Source: Xtelligent Healthcare Media
Aug 7, 2020 - Discusses how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated mental illness, with depression, anxiety, and overdoses on the rise. Highlights creative solutions mental health providers across North Carolina are implementing, such as giving patients free smartphones with data plans, coordinating socially-distant in-person visits, and hosting outdoor support groups.
Source: North Carolina Health News
Aug 6, 2020 - The Health and Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $101 million to 116 organizations in 42 states to combat substance use disorders (SUD) and opioid use disorders (OUD). $89 million of the funding will benefit 89 rural organizations as part of the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Implementation (RCORP-Implementation).
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Aug 5, 2020 - Provides an overview of a study that found rural areas have the fewest health insurance options and pay the highest premiums. Analysis reveals that local markets experiencing higher volatility and vulnerability are more rural, have a higher percentage of non-white residents, and have resident who are more likely to experience poor health and lower wages.
Source: University of Minnesota
Aug 2, 2020 - Rural households face unique challenges in responding to the 2020 Census and the Census Bureau wants community organizations and leaders to promote participation in hard-to-reach rural areas. Includes a map comparing metropolitan and nonmetropolitan counties to the national response rate.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jul 31, 2020 - Features several ambulance services in rural North Dakota and discusses the impact the COVID-19 pandemic has had on operations. Describes how rural volunteer emergency services across the state are having difficulty with staffing out of fear for contracting the virus, while a decrease in calls has created additional financial burdens. (May require a subscription to view full article).
Source: Grand Forks Herald
Jul 31, 2020 - Blog post explores rural and community hospital closures over the last ten years and the impact this has on their communities. Describes how the COVID-19 pandemic highlights weaknesses and disparities in the health system and rural America. Provides recommendations to promote sustainability and support struggling rural hospitals.
Source: National Rural Health Association