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

How Hospitals Are Reaching into Their Communities to Address the Social Determinants of Health
Oct 9, 2018 - Profiles three case studies from hospitals that have implemented programs to address food insecurity and homelessness in an effort to improve health outcomes. Includes a summary of a diabetes education and nutrition program in rural Illinois.
Source: American Hospital Association
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Q&A: To Shape an Effective Response to the Opioid Crisis in Texas, You Need to Ask ‘Will It Work in Odessa?’
Oct 9, 2018 - Interview with Karen Palombo, substance use disorder (SUD) team lead in the Texas Health and Human Services Commission's Mental Health and Substance Use Division, discussing policy and program development in the state to address treatment for substance use disorder.
Source: National Academy for State Health Policy
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Health Literacy: Using Everyday Words to Support Wellness
Oct 5, 2018 - Blog post from the Indian Health Services (IHS) in recognition of Health Literacy Month. Highlights the importance of providing information to patients and their families in a way that is easy to understand in order to positively impact health outcomes. Also outlines IHS activities in support of improved health literacy.
Source: Indian Health Service
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New Community Assessment Tool Enables for the First Time an In-Depth, County-by-County, Look at Impact of Opioid Epidemic Across Entire United States
Oct 4, 2018 - Press release from NORC at the University of Chicago and the U.S. Department of Agriculture on the release of a new community assessment tool that allows users to access data on the opioid epidemic in counties across the county, see the epidemic's relation to demographic and socioeconomic factors, compare county-level data to the rest of the state and country, and track how data has changed over time.
Source: NORC at the University of Chicago
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Opioid Bill Expands Treatment Options
Oct 4, 2018 - Discusses the Opioid Crisis Response Act of 2018, opioid legislation recently approved by both houses of Congress and expected to be signed by President Trump. Two provisions in particular are expected to be especially helpful to people dealing with opioid use disorder. One would allow Medicaid to pay for residential treatment in large facilities, and the other would allow Medicare to pay for methadone treatment.
Source: Stateline, Pew Charitable Trusts
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Strengthening Health and Health Care in Rural America
Oct 4, 2018 - Blog post from the Commonwealth Fund written by Mary Wakefield. Discusses the history of rural health, the present and future health needs in rural communities, and the efforts of the Commonwealth Fund to improve rural health both in the past and looking forward. Includes considerations around payment policy, healthcare delivery, healthcare workforce, community partnerships, and research.
Source: To The Point, The Commonwealth Fund
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WVU Researchers Focus on School-Based Healthcare in Appalachia
Oct 3, 2018 - Discusses an interdisciplinary team of West Virginia University researchers looking at how school-based health centers can improve both children's health and their educational outcomes. The research will take place over the next three years and focus on the impact of school-based health centers in rural areas of the state.
Source: Eberly College of Arts and Sciences, West Virginia University
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West Tennessee Healthcare Collaborative Improves Behavioral Health Patients’ Access to Care, Reduces Stigma
Sep 27, 2018 - Details the work of the West Tennessee Healthcare Collaborative to identify and address behavioral health issues that impact the community. Among other things, the collaboration trained people in the use of naloxone, including in rural areas, created a space to treat pregnant women with substance use disorders in a rural area, and implemented telehealth to improve access to care.
Source: American Hospital Association
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HHS Awards $50 Million to Assist American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal Efforts Combating the Opioid Overdose Epidemic
Sep 26, 2018 - The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has awarded grants to American Indian and Alaska Native tribes to strengthen efforts to combat the opioid epidemic. These grants, totaling about $50 million, aim to increase access to culturally appropriate and evidence-based treatment, including medication-assisted treatment.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Bipartisan Committee Leaders Announce Opioid Legislation Agreement
Sep 25, 2018 - Press release from the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means announcing the agreement of a bipartisan, bicameral committee on opioid legislation. Both legislative bodies passed separate opioid legislation, requiring that discrepancies between the two bills be addressed by this committee. Includes full text of the revised legislation.
Source: U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Ways and Means
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