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Apr 12, 2024 - A food bank serving South Texas is offering free diabetes education. Notes the higher rates of obesity and diabetes in the area are worse for rural residents. Highlights success of this type of program in other rural areas of the state.
Source: KIII
Apr 3, 2024 - Highlights the challenges with access mental healthcare in rural communities. Describes a rural Tennessee program aiming to connect people with mental health needs in jails with local resources, noting that hospital closures limits healthcare options. Discusses mental health and other re-entry services offered after successful grant funding to fill gaps in care.
Source: NewsChannel 5
Apr 3, 2024 - Highlights a Virginia initiative to increase access to clinical trials, cancer screenings, and specialty cancer care for rural residents. Discusses current access challenges such as distance, transportation, and socioeconomic barriers.
Source: WTOP News
Apr 1, 2024 - Describes challenges rural health systems face when fighting infectious diseases, including shortages of infectious diseases physicians, geographic isolation, and difficulties in accessing mentoring in infection prevention and control.
Source: JAMA Network
Mar 30, 2024 - Describes research showing that before and during the COVID-19 pandemic females patients at rural community health centers (CHCs) were less likely to be up to date with cervical cancer screening than those in urban CHCs. English proficiency, income, and area-level unemployment were contributing factors.
Source: News-Medical.Net
Mar 28, 2024 - Highlights a helpline offered for farmers in the Texas panhandle following recent wildfires.
Mar 25, 2024 - Highlights a program offering healthy aging support in rural Oklahoma. The program creates intergenerational teams to foster dialog about healthy aging throughout the lifespan.
Source: OSU Headlines: News and Media
Mar 22, 2024 - Discusses suicide among rural men in Michigan, noting the issues of stigma and mental healthcare access. Discusses the results of an intervention targeting men and policy measures building on those successes.
Source: The 'Gander
Mar 21, 2024 - Executive Order from the Office of the President to advance and integrate women's health across the Federal research portfolio. Directs agency members of the White House Initiative on Women's Health Research – Secretary of Defense, the Secretary of Agriculture, the Secretary of Health and Human Services, the Secretary of Veterans Affairs, the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Director of the National Science Foundation – to develop or strengthen research and data standards that enhance the study of women's health across all relevant, federally funded research and other federal funding opportunities and prioritize grantmaking and other awards to advance women's health research. Among other things, this order directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to address research gaps in understanding women's health, diseases, conditions associated with women's midlife and later years and directs the Secretaries of Defense and Veterans Affairs to evaluate the needs and develop recommendations related to the midlife health women service members and veterans.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 21, 2024 - Describes a naloxone distribution program on the Flathead Indian Reservation. Discusses their approach as a harm-reduction method for reducing overdose deaths.
Source: Char-Koosta News