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News by Topic: Rural-urban differences

Mar 10, 2020 - Covers existing disparities between the health of rural and urban Americans, describes research from the American Board of Family Medicine (ABFM) on the role of Family Physicians (FPs) in improving rural healthcare delivery. Includes proposed solutions from the ABFM to maintain the presence of FPs in rural areas.
Source: Annals of Family Medicine
Mar 9, 2020 - Provides overview of a study that links some community characteristics, such as the number of fast food restaurants, with shorter life expectancies. Includes findings that indicate areas with lower population density, like rural areas, were more likely to have longer life expectancies.
Source: Penn State News
Mar 9, 2020 - Discusses how social workers provide the majority of mental healthcare in Minnesota and describes the opportunities for social workers to fill provider gaps in rural and underserved areas of the state. Includes barriers to practice and efforts to diversify Minnesota's mental health workforce.
Source: MinnPost
Mar 5, 2020 - Provides overview of a study that found high patient per doctor ratios, lower-than-average life expectancy, and high numbers of preventable hospital stays in rural states with restrictive telehealth policies. The study focused primarily on the impact in rural Michigan and identifies key issues to be addressed in order to expand telehealth services.
Source: Connected Nation
Mar 5, 2020 - Covers the HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Rural Communities Opioid Response Program Grantee Conference held early March 2020. Discusses the work that grantees are doing to address rural substance use and the challenges they have faced along the way.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
Mar 4, 2020 - Describes how Native populations are vulnerable to the spread of coronavirus because they already have a history of health conditions that are worse than other populations in the U.S. A majority of American Indian and Alaska Natives live in rural areas and have limited access to healthcare services. Discusses prevention strategies used to minimize risk.
Source: Indian Country Today
Mar 4, 2020 - Summarizes a report that found rural Americans are more likely to experience tooth decay than their urban counterparts. Explores teledentistry as a solution to addressing the disparity and discusses states that have introduced legislation to establish teledentistry and expand access to oral health services.
Source: National Conference of State Legislators
Mar 3, 2020 - Provides an overview of a report that found improvement in hospitals' adherence to key patient safety protocol during high-risk surgeries, but recommends more policies be implemented to ensure safe volumes. Rural hospitals were less likely to hit patient volume thresholds, but more likely to refer patients to safer options.
Source: Xtelligent Healthcare Media
Mar 2, 2020 - Covers an address given by the senior advisor of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) at a meeting of the National Association of Counties' (NACo) Rural Action Caucus at their Legislative Conference. Discusses the ONDCP's efforts to address drug addiction and treatment services in rural America.
Source: National Association of Counties
Feb 29, 2020 - Rural hospitals may be further removed from the coronavirus threat, but due to rationing of certain medical supplies, are facing a shortage of protective masks and gowns. Describes how a shortage of medical supplies will curtail patient care, putting rural hospitals at financial risk. (May require a subscription to view full article).
Source: The Washington Post