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News by Topic: Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention

‘Recovery Is Possible — and We’re Examples of It’
Jul 10, 2018 - Discusses behavioral health peer support specialists in Montana, where the professional was formalized last year. Peer supporters are people who have dealt with addiction or mental illness in the past and who, with professional training, help others work through their present struggles with these issues. Touches on a project called Never Alone that was developed in a rural town in the state to provide a drop-in center with recovery groups in the evenings during the week and social activities on the weekends.
Source: High Country News
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Partnering to Bring Hope to Rural Communities in Crisis
Jul 9, 2018 - Discussion of takeaways from the recent rural opioid misuse roundtables by Anne Hazlett, Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development (RD) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), who traveled to a number of states to facilitate these conversations. Includes impacts of the opioid epidemic as well as resources to help rural communities address the crisis.
Source: National Association of Counties
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Statement by FDA Commissioner Scott Gottlieb, M.D., On Balancing Access to Appropriate Treatment for Patients with Chronic and End-of-life Pain with Need to Take Steps to Stem Misuse and Abuse of Opioids
Jul 9, 2018 - Statement from Scott Gottlieb, M.D., Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Discusses the difficulty of balancing the needs of patients with chronic pain or coping with pain at the end of life with efforts to address the opioid epidemic. Includes steps the FDA is taking to strike that balance.
Source: U.S. Food and Drug Administration
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Texas Clinics Busting Traditional Silos Of Mental And Physical Health Care
Jul 5, 2018 - Highlights efforts in Texas to provide integrated mental and physical healthcare. This is especially difficult in rural areas of the state, which already struggle to recruit providers and which may not be able to support the additional workforce.
Source: Kaiser Health News
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Dentists Detail Challenges Of Rural Dental Care
Jul 2, 2018 - Radio interview with Sean Boynes from the DentaQuest Institute, Laura McKean of AllCare, and Bruce Austin, the dental director for the Oregon Health Authority. Discussion includes rural dental care access and the impact of dental health on overall health, with significant focus on access and efforts to integrate medical and dental care in rural Oregon.
Source: Jefferson Public Radio
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NIH: Request for Information on the HEALing Communities Study: Developing and Testing an Integrated Approach To Address the Opioid Crisis Federal Register
Jun 29, 2018 - The National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) are seeking input on a multi-state national research effort to develop and test approaches for the systemic implementation and sustainability of integrated, evidence-based interventions across healthcare, behavioral health, justice systems, state and local governments, and community organizations to prevent and treat opioid misuse and Opioid Use Disorders (OUD). The goals are to decrease fatal and non-fatal overdoses, decrease the incidence of OUD and related infectious diseases, increase the number of individuals receiving medication-assisted treatment (MAT), increase the proportion retained in treatment beyond 6 months, and increase the number of individuals receiving needed recovery support services. Comments must be received by July 20, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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'Fundamental Shift' Needed To Protect Miners From Deadly Black Lung
Jun 28, 2018 - Details a report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM) which found that new and tougher rules to protect coal miners from the coal and silica dust that causes black lung disease may not be enough. More than compliance is needed, according to this study, to address the fact that Central Appalachia has the highest rates of this disease in 25 years.
Source: NPR
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Patients, Family Caregivers Talk Tough on Care Transition
Jun 28, 2018 - Details a study in which researchers interviewed patients and family caregivers, recruited from six healthcare networks nationwide, on care transitions from an acute hospitalization to either a nursing facility or their home for post-acute care. The research focused on people in underserved communities, including rural communities. The study found that despite large investments in attempting to improve these transitions, little has changed, with patients and caregivers feeling ill-prepared.
Source: American Academy of Family Physicians
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Translational Research on Caregiving to Improve Outcomes of Care Recipients and Caregivers, Call for Papers: Innovation In Aging (Special Issue)
Jun 25, 2018 - Innovation in Aging has released a Call for Papers for a special issue seeking to address the need for a more timely translation of scientific discovery to develop methods, interventions, and treatments to improve the everyday lived experiences of caregivers and care recipients. Abstracts are due by August 1, 2018.
Source: The Gerontological Society of America
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Rural Children Often Go Without Critical Mental Health Treatment
Jun 24, 2018 - Discusses the lack of access to mental healthcare for children in Mississippi, where more than 62% of youth who suffer a major depressive episode don't get professional help. Although funding is a major barrier, the fact that 44% of the state's children live in rural areas can make it hard to connect children with services. Also touches on some efforts and programs that are improving children's access to mental health care.
Source: The Hechinger Report
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