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Rural Health
News by Topic: Women

Mar 31, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health announced it has extended the deadline to submit comments to a Request for Information regarding rural maternal and infant healthcare. The new deadline is May 31, 2020.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Mar 12, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published their Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer and found that cancer death rates decreased between 2001 and 2017. Researchers also found that all Healthy People 2020 targets for reducing death rates were met for all cancers, but identified that breast cancer screening rates dropped slightly among rural and uninsured women.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Mar 6, 2020 - Summarizes research that found rural, low-income mothers with chronic depression were likely to experience more health problems and face challenges in dealing with their children's behavioral problems. Discusses how physician distrust and stigma keep rural mothers from seeking mental health treatment.
Source: Washington State University
Mar 2, 2020 - Opinion article discusses Medicaid policy changes that could address maternal mortality in the U.S. Includes proposals to extend pregnancy-related Medicaid eligibility and expand community-based services to improve birth outcomes, outlines the proposed Pregnancy2Parenthood Plan which aims to be a consistent health plan for all pregnant mothers and infants. (May require a subscription to view full article).
Source: Health Affairs
Feb 29, 2020 - Summarizes a study that found rural women with ovarian cancer are more likely to be diagnosed at stage IV than women in metropolitan areas. Researchers controlled for poverty and difficulty accessing care and suggested that increased access to specialized gynecology services could help to reduce the disparity.
Source: The Rural Blog
Feb 26, 2020 - Several labor and delivery units have closed across Western North Carolina and many patients are scheduling when they will be induced into labor as opposed to waiting for a natural birth. Describes how the stress of traveling to a distant hospital has led to changes in the way physicians and patients plan births.
Source: Blue Ridge Public Radio
Feb 25, 2020 - Addresses recent research that found child mortality rates are decreasing slower in rural areas and describes challenges that contribute to the disparities in maternal and child health outcomes. Highlights the Health Impact Project which supports community organizations in identifying and implementing strategies to improve maternal health.
Source: Pew Charitable Trusts
Feb 24, 2020 - Features a rural county in North Carolina that has been without labor and delivery services for nearly three years, a reality that a lot of rural areas are facing as more maternity units shut down. Explores strategies to provide maternal care, such as utilizing a "hub and spoke" model, sharing resources with other nearby hospitals and clinics, and implementing training for hospital staff.
Source: North Carolina Health News
Feb 21, 2020 - Addresses the high rates of maternal mortality in Georgia and discusses contributing factors such as the state's reluctance to expand Medicaid, physician biases, lack of access to obstetric care in rural areas, and patient medical history. Features a rural hospital that has an obstetrics unit, but as the only hospital in the county, they lack the resources to keep up with patient load.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Feb 21, 2020 - Summarizes research that found in increase in deaths due to alcohol consumption between 2000 and 2016. Describes how the largest increases occurred among American Indian and Alaska Native men and women as well as white women.
Source: U.S. News & World Report