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Rural Health
News by Topic: Statistics and data

Jul 29, 2019 - A rural trauma team development course is helping prepare rural hospitals in Iowa to care for trauma patients. People in rural areas are more likely to die from traumatic injuries, demonstrating the importance of training rural hospitals in best practices for trauma patient care and transfer preparations.
Source: Iowa Public Radio
Jul 29, 2019 - A new study shows that people in counties with poor broadband access are less likely to be treated via telemedicine. The researchers recommend prioritizing entirely rural counties for Federal Communications Commission (FCC) broadband funding to increase rural telemedicine access.
Source: U.S. News and World Report
Jul 25, 2019 - Notice from the Employment and Training Administration (ETA) requesting comments on a proposed extension of the National Agricultural Workers Survey. The annual survey provides information on the health characteristics of hired crop workers, along with their demographics and employment characteristics. Comments are due September 23, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 25, 2019 - A new report estimates more than 15,000 homeless children ages 4 or under live in Michigan, with rural counties experiencing the highest rates of homelessness. Rural areas have less developed early childhood systems and homeless children are more likely to experience developmental delays.
Source: Bridge
Jul 24, 2019 - In Mississippi, hospital closures leave rural residents relying on emergency medical services that may have to travel long distances due to county contracts that opt for less expensive services to balance fewer taxpayers. An analysis found that 1/5 of the state's counties do not have an emergency room and of those, EMS response times ranged from an average of 14 minutes to a high of 78 minutes; more than half of the counties that responded did not have EMS response time requirements.
Source: WLBT
Jul 24, 2019 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of reinstatement of an information collection, the Health Center Patient Survey (HCPS). The HCPS collects information from patients about access and use of healthcare services, sociodemographic characteristics, health behaviors, health conditions, and satisfaction of healthcare received from HRSA-supported health centers. Comments are due September 23, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Jul 23, 2019 - Provides a perspective on the importance of family physicians in rural communities and the American Academy of Family Physicians' (AAFP) work around rural health policy. Includes statistics on rural family physicians who are AAFP members.
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians
Jul 23, 2019 - The first dataset for the Rural Health Care (RHC) Program is now available in the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC) Open Data Portal. The data provides information about funding and disbursement for the RHC Program, which provides assistance to healthcare providers for eligible expenses related to broadband connectivity.
Source: Universal Service Administrative Co.
Jul 22, 2019 - For over half a million Wisconsin children who participated in free or reduced lunch during the school year, summer is a time of inadequate healthy food access. Outside of urban school districts, rural districts in Wisconsin have the highest percent of students eligible for the National School Lunch Program and correspondingly high poverty rates.
Source: WisCONTEXT
Jul 22, 2019 - A new white paper on telehealth found that private insurance claims for non-hospital-based provider-to-patient telehealth grew nearly 900% in rural areas, and nearly 1,400% overall. The paper also addressed other types of telehealth, such as provider-to-provider telehealth, the demographics of telehealth users, and reasons for seeking treatment.
Source: EurekAlert!