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Rural Health
News by Topic: The South

Third-World Parasite Plagues the Rural South
Nov 22, 2017 - Highlights the prevalence of hookworm in the rural South, focusing on a specific county in Alabama. Many of these residents cannot afford septic systems, and those who can often have systems that are not conducive to the climate and soil type, pumping sewage back into homes. Details the impact of hookworm disease on health, especially in children, and research happening to better understand the problem and potential solutions.
Source: Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity
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Rural Hospital Closures Hit Poor, Minority Communities Hardest
Oct 25, 2017 - Details the results of a study from the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program (NC RHRP) tracking "financial distress indicators" for rural hospitals, focusing in large part on a map displaying the distribution of the 122 rural hospital closures since 2005. 60% of rural hospital closures have been in the South, and these hospitals tend to serve minorities and lower-income areas.
Source: The Daily Yonder
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Hospital Closings Likely to Increase
Oct 19, 2017 - Discusses recent hospital closures and indications that they are likely to continue because these hospitals continue to have insufficient patient populations, high rates of uninsured patients, dwindling cash flow, and physician shortages. It is estimated that 9% of rural hospitals are at high risk for financial trouble, and these hospitals often serve vulnerable populations with significant health disparities. Also touches on programs designed to help these hospitals improve quality and track their viability.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
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