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News by Topic: Rural-urban differences

Mar 18, 2020 - Interview with Drew Harris, an assistant professor in the Thomas Jefferson University College of Population Health, discussing the importance of social distancing and flattening the coronavirus curve. Describes how rural areas could be affected by an outbreak, highlighting how rural communities tend to be farther apart and more protected from the spread of the virus.
Source: U.S. News & World Report
Mar 17, 2020 - Features a rural county in Texas whose severely ill residents must travel at least 90 miles for care. Describes the numerous challenges rural areas face should they encounter a coronavirus outbreak and includes information on how states are combating the spread of the virus.
Source: Pew Charitable Trusts
Mar 17, 2020 - Addresses the lack of access to physicians and specialists in rural areas, attributes the shortage to doctors not wanting to live in rural areas, low numbers of medical school students with roots in rural areas, and the increasing closures of rural hospitals. Discusses how technology can help to decrease the gap and connect patients to needed medical care.
Source: Health Day
Mar 16, 2020 - Features a 15-bed, rural hospital in Idaho and discusses how the novel coronavirus disease could overwhelm their facility. Hospital staff visit local businesses and schools to inform on prevention measures.
Source: NPR
Mar 16, 2020 - Discusses urban versus rural hospital capacity and describes how beds at rural hospitals are likely to fill up quickly if the community is exposed to COVID-19, leading rural residents to travel far distances for care. Includes recommendations to prevent the spread of the disease.
Source: Farm Journal
Mar 14, 2020 - Features a hospital in rural Washington that is bracing itself for the arrival of the novel coronavirus disease. With already limited resources, the hospital struggles to find supplies as hospital vendors ration equipment. (May require a subscription to view full article).
Source: The Washington Post
Mar 13, 2020 - Discusses measures public health departments are taking to respond to the novel coronavirus outbreak in their counties, including limiting public gatherings, school cancellations, and setting up testing sites. Describes how public health officials need to tailor plans to their communities.
Source: National Association of Counties
Mar 12, 2020 - Video interview with Alan Morgan, CEO of the National Rural Health Association, addresses the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) and its effect on rural communities. Discusses rural hospital capacity, telehealth opportunities, and prevention strategies for rural residents.
Source: RFD TV
Mar 12, 2020 - Summarizes an analysis that found seniors living in urban areas are surviving longer than seniors in rural areas. Discusses how access to medical treatments, community culture, and tobacco use can contribute to these health disparities.
Source: Kaiser Health News
Mar 11, 2020 - Summarizes research that shows rural patients experience a higher rate of social determinants of health which impacts cancer screening and preventive care rates. Describes how healthcare professionals should assess rurality and other social risk factors to improve access to preventive care.
Source: Xtelligent Healthcare Media