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

Feb 20, 2020 - Covers a panel discussion at the Hope in the Heartland conference on mental health challenges for farmers and others in the agricultural industry. A veterinarian and two farm owners discuss their own experiences and describe the importance of addressing stigma, maintaining privacy, and reaching out to farmers where they are.
Source: Hays Post
Feb 20, 2020 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to address the challenges facing rural water systems. The MOA focuses on providing training on utility management, educating communities on sustainability, raising awareness of rural water sector careers, and prioritizing funding for rural water systems.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Feb 19, 2020 - Features a rural school district in California that built a federally-funded health center nearby to address chronic absenteeism. The schools have seen an improvement in attendance since the health center was built, describes other strategies they have taken to address absenteeism.
Source: Cal Matters
Feb 16, 2020 - Details the HIV outbreak in rural Indiana from five years ago, describing the efforts the county took to recover, including opening a syringe exchange program as part of a one-stop community resource center. Discusses how syringe exchange programs would help rural counties avoid an HIV outbreak, but some states are reluctant.
Source: NPR
Feb 14, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announces the launch of the 2020 Million Hearts Hypertension Control Challenge, which seeks to prevent a million strokes and heart attacks by 2022. Million Hearts recognizes health systems, clinicians, and clinical practices that have significantly impacted hypertension control rates. Applications will be accepted February 21 through April 6, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 13, 2020 - Addresses health disparities between Native Hawaiians and other groups in the state and highlights farms on Oahu that produce organic vegetables to increase access to healthy foods. Describes the importance of implementing culturally competent programs to improve public health.
Source: The Groundtruth Project
Feb 12, 2020 - Missouri started offering alternatives to opioids for Medicaid patients battling chronic pain and found that only a small fraction of users accessed the program. Describes how alternatives like chiropractic care, acupuncture, and physical therapy are more time consuming forms of care and how often times, clinics are weary of accepting Medicaid as a payer.
Source: HuffPost
Feb 10, 2020 - The American Heart Association published a Presidential Advisory on addressing social determinants of health and improving healthcare quality and outcomes in rural America. Summarizes the existing disparities in rural communities and proposes solutions that prioritize rural health policy, research, and innovation.
Source: American Heart Association
Feb 9, 2020 - Summarizes a report that found Missouri has limited access to mental healthcare for those in the agricultural workforce and especially in the state's 99 rural counties. Describes the need for mental health professionals, increased technology, and other resources to overcome barriers to access.
Source: New Tribune
Feb 7, 2020 - Interview with two health department workers in Missouri, addresses the existing stigma around HIV, particularly in rural communities. Describes the importance of education in reducing stigma and increasing access to care.
Source: KBIA