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Jan 23, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking public comment on the National Youth Tobacco Surveys (NYTS) which is used to collect data on tobacco use among students in grades 6-12. Comments are due by March 23, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 20, 2020 - Addresses the primary care provider shortage in rural New Mexico and describes how nurse practitioners provide necessary healthcare that helps to fill the gap. A university partnered with a local healthcare system to offer a rural residency program for nurse practitioners (NP), which is designed to entice NP residents into practicing in rural communities after completion of the program.
Jan 14, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman announced initial estimates of how many rural homes and businesses will benefit from Phase I of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund. Includes a preliminary state-by-state list.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Jan 9, 2020 - Final rule from the Census Bureau providing notice that, effective January 9, 2020, the Population Estimates Challenge Program will temporarily be suspended during 2020-2021 in order to devote resources toward the 2020 Census.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 9, 2020 - While the majority of rural counties gained jobs when comparing November 2018 to November 2019, the growth continues to be slower than metropolitan counties, and is slowest the further from large urban centers you go.
Source: Daily Yonder
Jan 1, 2020 - Examines trends that have shaped Ohio Valley's economy and health over the past ten years. Includes statistics on rural and urban population changes, median income shifts, the fall of the coal industry, the rise of the opioid epidemic, and healthcare access.
Source: Ohio Valley Resource
Dec 26, 2019 - Summarizes findings from the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program, describes this year as the worst year for rural hospital closings since 2013. Lists additional findings on the geography of closures and the effect of the closures on local economies.
Source: Health Leaders Media
Dec 23, 2019 - Summarizes research on long-term ozone and wood smoke exposure and its effect on the lung health of smokers and non-smokers. Former and current smokers were found to be at high risk of chronic lung disease and more susceptible to environmental factors, and rural residents, who are more likely to use wood or coal as a primary heat source, were found to have COPD rates twice that of urban areas.
Source: News Wise
Dec 19, 2019 - Presents findings from an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau county estimates that the poverty rate grew in 30 percent of counties between 2016 and 2018, with the biggest increases in rural and Southern areas. Describes how areas with aging populations and decreasing job opportunities have led to unfavorable economic conditions.
Source: Pew Charitable Trusts
Dec 16, 2019 - U.S. maternal mortality rates are the highest in the developed world and Native American women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women. Highlights the women of Indian Country who are training other indigenous women to become doulas and midwives, improving health outcomes for mothers and their children.
Source: Cronkite News