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News by Topic: Women

Dec 2, 2019 - Executive Order announcing the creation of the Task Force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives. The Task Force will consult with tribal governments to learn more about the scope of the issues around missing and murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives and develop model procedures to apply to unsolved cases.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 22, 2019 - While Parkinson's Disease is traditionally thought to affect mostly men, many women are also affected, with those in rural areas facing even greater challenges. Highlights a Eugene Washington PCORI Engagement Award that created a Parkinson's research and care agenda for women.
Source: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
Nov 21, 2019 - Provides overview of a study suggesting teenage girls and young women in rural areas are more likely to plan a first time pregnancy and carry it to term versus those in urban communities. Data from the past 20 years was examined and disparities were attributed to a lack of access to healthcare and geographic isolation in rural America.
Source: Reuters
Nov 13, 2019 - Summarizes a study announcing kidney damage among women hospitalized during pregnancy is on the rise, with higher rates reported in rural hospitals than urban ones. Includes an opinion from the study author, who states the need for a change in policies regarding obstetric care of women.
Source: U.S. News & World Report
Nov 13, 2019 - Highlights a researcher and professor from Ohio State University who is working to implement a cervical cancer prevention program in Appalachia. The program will increase screenings and HPV vaccinations, as well as help women to stop smoking.
Source: West Virginia Public Broadcasting
Nov 5, 2019 - Addresses the high maternal mortality rate in rural America and describes the strategies legislators are implementing to tackle the issue. Rural women have less access to necessary care due to hospital and delivery unit closures, the Rural Maternal and Obstetric Modernization of Services (Rural MOMS) Act would expand telehealth and collect maternal-mortality data including the mother's demographics.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Nov 4, 2019 - Announcement from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) of a public meeting of the Advisory Committee on Infant Mortality (ACIM) to be held on December 4-5, 2019. Agenda items include updates from HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the MCHB Healthy Start program. Other items for discussion include a briefing on infant mortality and health disparity data and the Prematurity Research Expansion and Education for Mothers who deliver Infants Early (PREEMIE) Act. The meeting will be held via webinar and in-person.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 30, 2019 - Presents overview of a study in North Carolina that found black women and rural women are more likely to lose their job or receive a pay cut after they've been diagnosed with cancer. Adjusting for socioeconomic factors, researchers still found disparities between black women and white women, calling on local governments to implement policies addressing these inequalities.
Source: Reuters
Oct 29, 2019 - Describes a study at Children's Hospital Colorado that found fetal congenital heart disease (CHD) to be successfully identified and managed through a telemedicine program. Pregnant mothers participated in a video consultation with medical experts 250 miles away, receiving care locally and at a lower cost.
Source: Medical Xpress
Oct 28, 2019 - Describes a study that examined practice challenges among health professionals in rural California. The study reports that women and minority primary care providers commonly experience bias, harassment, and hostility from colleagues, which drives many out of rural practices and into more accepting communities.
Source: Reuters