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Rural Health
News by Topic: Rural-urban differences

Dec 5, 2019 - Discusses the opioid epidemic in the U.S. and analyzes how death from opioid overdoses has changed geographically over the past few decades. Includes data on opioid overdose mortality rates by county and rurality, describes the differences in type of substances in rural areas versus urban areas.
Source: City Lab
Dec 4, 2019 - Mayo Clinic announces it will be closing two rural healthcare facilities in Minnesota in 2020. The regional vice president for the health system attributes the closures to the demographic and financial pressures in rural America, explains how difficult it is to recruit and retain physicians and that facilities are underutilized because of the low populations.
Source: MPR News
Dec 3, 2019 - The December 2019 issue of Health Affairs features articles focusing on different aspects of rural health, including topics like substance abuse, palliative care, access to care, workforce, mortality disparities, and more.
Dec 3, 2019 - Highlights the importance of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in rural areas of Washington state and discusses the implications if any were to close in the future. A study determined one third of the state's CAHs are in financial trouble, with some relying on levies to survive.
Source: Crosscut
Dec 3, 2019 - Presents an overview of a study that found a link between parents' mental health and their child's weight. When adjusted for factors like food insecurity and physical activity, maternal mental health was found to have more of a correlation to the weight of their child.
Source: Kentucky Health News
Dec 2, 2019 - The new Center for Economic Analysis for Rural Health (CEARH), funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health policy, will focus on increasing awareness of the economic benefits of local health systems and their communities. Housed at the University of Kentucky (UK) College of Agriculture, Food, and Environment, CEARH will be a partnership between the UK and Oklahoma State University with the goal of producing research, response, and solutions to pressing issues facing rural communities.
Source: The Lane Report
Dec 1, 2019 - Opinion article addresses the increase of HIV rates in rural areas of the U.S., with West Virginia identifying 80 new diagnoses in one county this last year. The author attributes the increase in HIV infections to the opioid epidemic and lack of access to healthcare in underserved and rural communities.
Source: The New York Times
Nov 29, 2019 - Describes how health issues affect rural populations differently than urban ones. Highlights initiatives to improve the overall health of residents in Alabama, such as Body Quest, which provides healthy eating and physical education through schools and summer programs.
Source: Gadsden Times
Nov 27, 2019 - Overview of a report released by The Minnesota Department of Health on rural healthcare quality, cost, and access. Identifies areas where rural healthcare falls short when compared to urban areas, such as worse health conditions and increased closures of services. Highlights solutions like telehealth and increasing quality measurement reporting to address disparities. (May require subscription to view).
Source: Post Bulletin
Nov 27, 2019 - Blog article examines what it is like to be a doctor in rural America, particularly in the Midwest. Describes how rural doctors usually have a wider scope of practice, may work longer hours, and prioritize technology.
Source: Muncie Voice