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Rural Health
News by Topic: Statistics and data

Aug 16, 2019 - A cluster of HIV infections in West Virginia is likely due to needle drug use, and may have been exacerbated by the closure of a syringe exchange program in Charleston. The CDC identified 10 counties in the Ohio Valley area of Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia as high-risk for HIV outbreaks; health officials are working on expanding harm reduction programs in the area.
Source: Ohio Valley Resource
Aug 16, 2019 - A study of physician burnout found that family physicians in rural areas had lower burnout rates; part of the reason may be a larger scope of practice. The study compares burnout rates by gender, age, geographic location, and whether physicians practice obstetrics with deliveries. The study results may provide insights to help recruit physicians to rural practice.
Source: AAFP
Aug 15, 2019 - Summarizes the challenges facing rural maternity care and contributing factors, as well as possible solutions. Fewer than half of rural counties have hospitals with obstetric units, contributing to a higher rate of births outside hospitals, early elective deliveries, and pregnancy-related deaths.
Source: The Commonwealth Fund
Aug 14, 2019 - While a larger share of households without access to broadband live in rural areas, broadband adoption is an issue in both rural and urban areas. For those who have not adopted broadband, affordability is the biggest factor.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Aug 14, 2019 - News segment on physician shortages in Idaho and efforts to address those shortages. Idaho ranks 49th in the number of physicians in the state; many rural areas struggle to retain their staff. Initiatives to help address the issue include a program at the state's medical school giving preference to Idaho residents and including telehealth as part of student rotations.
Source: KIVI TV
Aug 13, 2019 - The spread of Hepatitis A is following the opioid epidemic and is especially challenging to control in rural areas. While the virus is most prevalent among drug users and homeless, it is spreading to the general population; public health officials are working to administer vaccinations.
Source: Kaiser Health News
Aug 13, 2019 - Notice from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) updating the National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), which surveys people 12 and older about the use of alcohol, tobacco, and drugs. Updates relate to marijuana, vaping, and synthetic stimulants. Comments are due September 12, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 12, 2019 - Discusses the importance of the 2020 Census for rural areas, potential barriers to participation, and ways to encourage participation based on research findings. As part of a research network, the University of Mississippi Center for Population Studies identified communities likely to have lower census participation and held workshops with local stakeholders.
Source: The Conversation
Aug 8, 2019 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has requested reapproval of the proposed information collection project for the Medical Expenditure Panel Survey — Insurance Component. The survey is used to measure the extent, cost, and coverage of employer-sponsored health insurance and will provide statistics at the national, state, and sub-state (metropolitan area) level for private industry. Comments on the proposed information collection are due within 60 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Aug 8, 2019 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is seeking comment by October 7, 2019 on an information collection titled National Electronic Health Records Survey (NEHRS). NEHRS will be used to collect data on office-based physicians' adoption and use of electronic health record systems, practice information, patient engagement, prescription of controlled substances, use of health information exchange, and documentation and burden associated with medical record systems.
Source: Federal Register