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Resources by Topic: Behavioral health

Prescribing Practices of Rural Physicians Waivered to Prescribe Buprenorphine
Highlights a study on the prescribing practices of rural physicians with buprenorphine waivers, which allow them to provide medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid used disorder. Findings are based on surveys of all rural physicians with a Drug Enforcement Administration prescription waiver. Breaks down data by physician specialty, practice type, and waiver type, among other factors.
Author(s): Holly A. Andrilla, Cynthia Coulthard, Davis G. Patterson
Citation: American Journal of Preventive Medicine, 54(6) S3, S208-S214
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
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Oklahoma Partners Collaborate with Tribes on Tobacco Cessation
Discusses a collaboration between the Oklahoma Health Systems Initiative (HSI) and tribal nations to curb tobacco use in tribal communities. Details the entities working together under the HSI and the initiative's various interventions in tribal communities throughout the state.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
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America’s Health Rankings Senior Report 2018
Provides a national and state-by-state overview of population health for older adults across 34 measures, as well as two supplemental measures new in 2018: suicide rate and risk of social isolation. Includes a special focus on persistent health disparities and challenges facing rural seniors.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: United Health Foundation
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Health Impacts of Alcohol Misuse in Alaska
Report discusses the patterns of use, societal consequences, and rates of mortality, as well as the health impacts of alcohol misuse in Alaska. Provides statistics and data by public health region.
Citation: State of Alaska Epidemiology Bulletin, 20(2)
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Division of Public Health
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Providing Access to Mental Health Services for Children in Rural Areas
Policy brief discussing options for improving access to mental health services for rural children, including telemedicine, integration of behavioral health and primary care, and school-based care. Features three brief case studies.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Access to Syringe Services Programs — Kentucky, North Carolina, and West Virginia, 2013–2017
Overview of the role of syringe services programs (SSPs) in reducing hepatitis C transmission related to injection drug use. Describes the expansion of SSPs in Kentucky, North Carolina, and West Virginia from 2013 through August 1, 2017. Discusses the opportunity to improve access to care through SSPs, including access to related services such as medication-assisted treatment, which can be included in comprehensive SSPs.
Author(s): Danae Bixler, Greg Corby-Lee, Scott Proescholdbell, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 67(18), 529-532
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Preventing Suicide In Rural America
Policy brief focused on rural suicide prevention. Provides an overview of rural suicide rates and key suicide risk factors for rural residents. Identifies policy options for preventing suicide in rural areas and includes two brief case studies.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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NACRHHS Policy Brief on Understanding the Impact of Suicide in Rural America
Webinar recording discusses the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS) policy brief on the impact of suicide in rural areas. Features presentations from the NACRHHS Committee Chair and Executive Secretary, as well as a representative from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and and a retired professor of social work at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Additional links: Audio Recording, PowerPoint Handout, Webinar Transcript
Date: 04/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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An Unmet Challenge: Colorado Struggles to Address Mental Health and Substance Use: A Colorado Health Access Survey Issue Brief
Provides a snapshot of Colorado residents who reported poor mental health status, including county-level data for the percent reporting poor mental health and not receiving needed mental healthcare in the past year. Discusses barriers that prevent Colorado residents from receiving needed mental healthcare and other factors influencing access to care.
Additional links: Full Report
Author(s): Teresa Manocchio
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Health Institute
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Patterns of Opioid Prescribing in Minnesota: 2012 and 2015
Describes opioid prescription patterns among Minnesota residents with private or public insurance coverage in 2012 and 2015. Discusses opioid use in rural areas and provides statistics on the number of opioid prescriptions by metropolitan, micropolitan, small town, or rural. Includes insights and opportunities to inform policymakers on reducing the use and overuse of prescription opioids.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health
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