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Mar 24, 2023 - The Peaceful Presence Project is a new organization based in Bend, Oregon and designed to reimagine the way communities talk about, plan for, and experience serious and terminal illnesses. Through two grant-funded projects, Peaceful Presence doulas and public health interns have been trained to hold advance care planning sessions at a navigation center for people experiencing homelessness, as well as in rural health clinics.
Source: OHSU News
Mar 21, 2023 - Notice from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announcing its approval of the he Accreditation Commission for Health Care, Inc., for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for end-stage renal disease (ESRD) facilities that wish to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 19, 2023 - Tribal leaders in the Cherokee Nation say $100 million won in opioid settlements will help their community heal from decades of addiction. Over the next five years, the tribe plans to roll out a total of $75 million in new treatment facilities. The remainder will go toward the costs of running these sites as well as a scholarship fund.
Source: WHQR Public Media
Mar 15, 2023 - Describes the work of the Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Centers (GRECC) Connect program, which provides support for elderly veterans and their caregivers. GRECC Connect allows veterans to receive real-time virtual care from geriatricians, eliminating the need to travel long distances for specialty care.
Source: VA News
Mar 14, 2023 - Researchers at Missouri University of Science and Technology are exploring a new way to deliver radiation therapy to cancer patients. They hope to bring radiation therapy to rural areas by vehicle, similar to a mammogram van that provides breast cancer screening services to rural communities.
Source: Medical Xpress
Mar 13, 2023 - Describes how black lung cases have tripled in central Appalachia and progressive massive fibrosis has increased tenfold among long-term miners since 2005. Discusses how regulations allow miners to be exposed to twice as much airborne silica as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration permits for workers in other industries.
Source: The Daily Yonder and Kaiser Health News
Mar 8, 2023 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is seeking comment on forms related to the Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery (STAR) Loan Repayment Program (LRP) and the Pediatric Specialty LRP. The forms will be used to assess an applicant's eligibility and qualifications for the loan repayment programs and to obtain information for eligible facilities or sites. Comments are due by May 8, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 11, 2023 - Describes challenges faced by patients in Washington County, Maine, due to healthcare workforce shortages and lack of available hospital beds. People from rural Maine sometimes must travel three to four hours to find hospitals with any open beds.
Source: The Maine Monitor
Jan 30, 2023 - Highlights two programs on the Cherokee Nation reservation: a domestic violence shelter that provides a variety of the victim services, and the Cherokee Nation Harm Reduction Program, which offers syringe services to reduce drug use and keep clients healthier by preventing the transmission of blood-borne infections.
Source: The Daily Yonder