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Jun 12, 2019 - Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) updating the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) and announcing a validation study and field test. The changes primarily address vaping and marijuana. Comments are due August 12, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 12, 2019 - Details the struggle to find pediatric psychiatrists in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, causing some residents to face long waits for appointments with mental health providers. Psychiatric consultations for rural healthcare providers using telehealth and loan forgiveness programs for psychiatric residents are some programs intended to help address the state's shortage of mental health providers.
Source: Bridge Magazine
Jun 11, 2019 - In Iowa, many patients are ending up in the emergency room for mental health issues, and ER providers are seeing an increase in the number of children and in case severity. Telepsychiatry helps rural hospitals especially, but waits for inpatient psych beds is a challenge across the state.
Source: Dickinson County News
Jun 9, 2019 - Highlights the struggle of a rural North Dakota community to find enough emergency medical technicians, paramedics, and emergency responders, particularly volunteers. Emergency medical services require enough staffing to cover call 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, and the need for staff is felt in many small communities across the state.
Source: Grand Forks Herald
Jun 7, 2019 - The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) is partnering with the National Institute of Health research program, All of Us, which recently celebrated its first anniversary. The program is intended to increase participation by underrepresented communities in biomedical research, including rural communities, and reduce healthcare disparities. The program will soon make its initial data available to researchers.
Source: Rural Health Voices
Jun 5, 2019 - An increase in rural sexually transmitted disease (STD) rates from 2016 to 2017 reminds health officials of the importance of educating rural residents about these diseases. Some programs like "It's a Girl Thing" focus on broader issues like self-esteem to help encourage people to make healthy choices.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jun 5, 2019 - Rural counties in central and southern Appalachia have a diabetes rate 1.4 times non-Appalachian counties. Williamson Health and Wellness Center in West Virginia is using a community health worker program to help high-risk patients control their diabetes in West Virginia, southeastern Ohio, and eastern Kentucky.
Source: PolitiFact West Virginia
Jun 3, 2019 - Arizona has 2 counties without maternity care, leaving pregnant women to make hours long commutes for pregnancy checkups and delivery. For women with high-risk births, the drive to a hospital equipped to handle such births is even longer.
Source: ABC 15 Arizona
May 31, 2019 - In 2009, a study showed that over half of Nebraska's counties did not have a primary care physician, prompting the state to expand rural health pipeline programs and create community partnerships focused on workforce development. While the number of physicians and nurses working in the state has increased, more work needs to be done.
Source: Rapid City Journal
May 29, 2019 - 4.3 million rural Americans gained access to a fixed broadband connection and the number with access to higher-speed services increased over 85%, according to a new report from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). The FCC has been focusing on closing the digital divide for access to modern broadband networks, particularly for those in rural and tribal areas.
Source: Federal Communications Commission