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

IHS Efforts to Decrease ESRD Incidence Focuses on Routine Diabetes Care
Mar 20, 2018 - Blog post from the Indian Health Service (IHS) discussing National Kidney Month. Includes resources from IHS as well as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). On the national level, kidney failure is rising, often caused by diabetes, but IHS and the CDC recently reported a 54% decrease in the incidence of End State Renal Disease (ESRD) among American Indian and Alaska Native people with diabetes.
Source: Indian Health Service Blog
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SAMHSA Directing Supplemental Funding to Three States Hit Hard by Opioid Crisis
Mar 20, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) announced it will award additional grant funding to bolster treatment and prevention work being done through Opioid State Targeted Response (STR) grants in Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and West Virginia. These one year awards of $333,000 are intended to target areas of greatest need.
Source: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Rural America Comes to HRSA
Mar 15, 2018 - Highlights the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) rural grantees conference and the work of several HRSA-funded projects improving health in rural areas across the country. Includes programs addressing chronic disease, hospital readmissions, opioid treatment, and more.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Hoeven Holds Hearing on Combating the Opioid Abuse Epidemic in Indian Country
Mar 14, 2018 - Details the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs' oversight hearing on opioid abuse in Native American communities. In 2016, Native American Indians and Alaska Natives aged 12 and older reported the highest rate of opioid misuse of all minority groups. Includes the full remarks from Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, as well as a complete testimony and video of the hearing.
Source: United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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HRSA: Bright Futures Periodicity Schedule Updates; Notice Federal Register
Mar 12, 2018 - Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) updating Bright Futures Guidelines for Health Supervision of Infants, Children and Adolescents which provides guidance for preventive screening and well-child visits for infants, children, and adolescents. The updated Bright Futures Periodicity Schedule is available on the HRSA website.
Source: Federal Register
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Treating Depression in Colorado’s Farm Country
Mar 7, 2018 - Details the challenges faced by rural farmers and ranchers in Colorado, both in terms of mental health challenges from occupational stressors and in terms of limited access to care and the stigma related to seeking care. Also highlights efforts to address these issues, including crisis lines.
Source: The Colorado Trust
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USDA to Host Roundtables on Rural Opioid Misuse
Mar 7, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced it will be hosting monthly roundtables from March through July on the opioid epidemic in rural areas. These regional roundtables will bring together rural partners in Pennsylvania, Utah, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and Maine, respectively, to address challenges and strategies for prevention, treatment, and recovery as well as how these measures can be replicated.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Assistant to the Secretary Anne Hazlett Statement on the White House Opioid Summit
Mar 1, 2018 - Statement from Anne Hazlett, the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development, praising the Trump administration for their response to the opioid epidemic, including hosting an Opioid Summit with members of the administration, affected individuals, and addiction- and recovery-focused organizations.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Rural Development
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How We Will Win the War on Opioids
Mar 1, 2018 - Blog post from the White House on the opioid epidemic and the Trump administration's efforts to address the crisis.
Source: The White House
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AHRQ: Solicitation for Nominations for Members of the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Federal Register
Feb 28, 2018 - The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is seeking nominations to the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF). Specific areas of expertise being sought include public health, health equity and the reduction of health disparities, application of science to health policy, behavioral medicine, and communication of scientific findings to diverse audiences. Nominations of women, members of minority populations, and persons with disabilities are encouraged. Nominations are due by May 15th.
Source: Federal Register
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