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Rural Maternity Care Losses Lead to Childbirth Risks
Mar 9, 2018 - Details the results of a recent study that found that 179 rural counties lost hospital obstetric services between 2004 and 2014. Rural communities that were adjacent to urban areas lost 103 hospital-based obstetric services while non-adjacent rural communities lost 76. It also found that preterm births and births outside of the hospital increased after obstetric services were lost in rural counties. According to the CDC, preterm births are the most frequent single cause for infant mortality. (May require registration for full article.)
Source: Modern Healthcare
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Emergency Department Data Show Rapid Increases in Opioid Overdoses
Mar 6, 2018 - Press release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlighting their recently released report which found that emergency department visits related to suspected opioid overdoses increased 30% in the U.S. from July 2016 through September 2017, according to data collected from 45 states. Overdoses increased for men and women of all age groups and in all regions, but varies by state and by rural/urban classification.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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AHRQ Data Show Impact of Opioid Crisis at County Level
Mar 1, 2018 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released an online statistical resource that provides county-level comparisons of hospitalization rates for substance use, including opioids, alcohol, stimulants, and other drugs. They've also updated their interactive online map to provide county-specific data on opioid-related hospitalizations for 32 states.
Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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AHRQ: Meeting of the National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality Federal Register
Feb 27, 2018 - Announcement of a March 16, 2018 public meeting of National Advisory Council for Healthcare Research and Quality. Discussion will include, among other things, an update on the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project's (HCUP) release of county-level statistics on hospital stays for alcohol, opioids, and other drugs.
Source: Federal Register
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A Larger Role for Midwives Could Improve Deficient U.S. Care for Mothers and Babies
Feb 22, 2018 - Highlights a new study which found a correlation between the integration and acceptance of midwives into obstetrical care and improved maternal and infant outcomes and cost-effectiveness of care. Details the history of the United States' move away from midwifery as well as the growing acceptance of nurse-midwives and the impact they could potentially have in addressing racial health disparities and care shortages in rural and low-income communities.
Source: ProPublica
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Deaths from Alcohol, Drugs and Suicide for People of Color Rise Dramatically, Although Still Below the Rates of White Americans
Feb 22, 2018 - Details the results of an analysis by Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Well Being Trust (WBT) which found that although deaths from alcohol, drugs, and suicide among people of color are still below the rates of their white counterparts, there were disproportionately large increases in these deaths from 2015 to 2016 among racial and ethnic minority groups.
Source: Trust for America's Health
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FCC Updates and Modernizes National Broadband Map
Feb 22, 2018 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released an updated and modernized version of its National Broadband Map. This version of the map is designed to support more frequent data updates in order to provide a reliable source of broadband deployment information for consumers.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
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Rural Areas More Likely to Have Independent Grocers
Feb 20, 2018 - Highlights the results of a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service (ERS), "Independent Grocery Stores in the Changing Landscape of the U.S. Food Retail Industry," which found that independent grocers, which are more prevalent in rural counties, struggled more financially in the Great Recession than chain groceries. Independent grocers in rural areas also did worse than independent grocers in urban areas.
Source: The Daily Yonder
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California’s Mental Health Physician Shortage Is Bad, And Getting Worse, Study Finds
Feb 16, 2018 - Highlights the high demand for mental health providers in California, including information from a recent report that found that rural areas of the state have especially high need for mental health professionals and that this problem is likely to worsen over time.
Source: capital public radio
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Suicide Rate Highest in Decades But Worst in Rural America
Feb 7, 2018 - Highlights the increasing gap between rural and urban suicide rates, touching on some of the potential contributing factors as well as what states with high suicide rates have been doing to address it. The aggregate suicide rate for non-metropolitan counties jumped 14% over a five year period.
Source: Governing
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