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Rural Health
News by Topic: Rural-urban differences

Apr 2, 2020 - Features the Saginaw Valley State University-organized Project ECHO which holds bi-weekly teleconferences to connect healthcare providers from across the country with substance use disorder experts. Describes how coronavirus and social distancing practices have affected those recovering from substance use disorder, and highlights SVSU's efforts to provide support.
Source: Saginaw Valley State University
Apr 1, 2020 - Summarizes data that shows coronavirus is spreading in rural areas at a rate similar to that in urban areas. Includes a map of coronavirus cases by county, describes how COVID-19 hit recreation-based economies first, but is continuing to spread into all parts of the rural economy.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Apr 1, 2020 - Interview with executives from Alabama's Augusta University Health System and New York's Northwell Health on how their healthcare systems are handling the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses triaging decisions, testing, resource allocation, and the challenges to responding to the virus in rural areas.
Source: PBS
Mar 30, 2020 - Provides an overview of a study that suggests rural doctors with specialized training in managing artificial heart pumps can perform follow-up care for heart failure patients when working with cardiovascular experts. Describes how this program reduces a disparity among rural patients who often find it difficult to travel long distances for specialty care.
Source: University of Utah
Mar 26, 2020 - More than 100 rural counties reported their first case of coronavirus, bringing the total number of rural counties reporting the virus to 606. Includes a list of the rural counties with reported cases, with Texas and Alabama reporting the most.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Mar 26, 2020 - People are fleeing big cities and heading to smaller, rural towns in an effort to escape the coronavirus. Experts describe how this is a natural response to an emergency, but warn that it could further spread the disease and overwhelm healthcare facilities in rural areas.
Source: Business Insider
Mar 26, 2020 - Highlights the Healthy Kids Collaborative that is working to encourage healthy behaviors in children and reduce obesity rates in Wisconsin. Describes how rural areas frequently have less access to healthy food and higher rates of poverty, which can lead to obesity.
Source: The Badger Herald
Mar 25, 2020 - Summarizes an analysis that found rural counties with recreation economies have rates of coronavirus infection greater than smaller metropolitan areas and other rural counties. Includes a county map indicating rurality and number of reported cases of coronavirus.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Mar 25, 2020 - Summarizes a study that found lung cancer patients were less likely to receive chemotherapy if they lived in rural areas or were on Medicaid or uninsured. Researchers describe that rural residents are more likely to have to travel long distances for follow-up treatment.
Source: News Wise
Mar 24, 2020 - Several measures have been taken by the federal government to lower barriers to virtual healthcare services during the coronavirus outbreak, but many rural areas still lack the internet access necessary to utilize telehealth. Describes how this disparity may put rural residents at risk if they have to leave their home to receive care, introduces possible solutions to the issue.
Source: Morning Consult