Author Archives: Kay Miller Temple

About Kay Miller Temple

Kay Miller Temple, MD, has been a Web Writer for the Rural Health Information Hub since 2017. She tackles medically-intensive subjects, including pieces on colorectal cancer, COPD, antibiotic stewardship, and health literacy. Full Biography

The “M” of MAT: Medications for Opioid Use Disorder

prescription pad listing MAT-related medications


MAT, or medication-assisted treatment, is understood as a whole-patient treatment for opioid use disorder, considered a chronic disease. Four MAT medications work differently and help each patient’s unique needs.

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March 21, 2018

Understanding the Science of Pain and Opioids

drawing of brain


Understanding the opioid problem begins with understanding the science behind pain and how opioids relieve pain. It’s also important to understand individuals who might be more at risk of developing opioid use disorder.

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March 21, 2018

Washington Program Trains Dental Super-Generalists to Serve Rural Communities

RIDE student group


How do you attract dental students into practice in rural and underserved areas? With 70% of RIDE graduates practicing in those targeted areas, University of Washington School of Dentistry’s RIDE faculty, a preceptor, graduate, and current student share how it’s done and why it works.

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March 7, 2018

Rural Unintentional Injuries: They’re Not Accidents – They’re Preventable

image of words related to unintentional injury


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 2017 MMWR Rural Series has featured several reports highlighting rural unintentional injuries as one of the top 5 leading causes of death. What are these “unintentional injuries”? How often are rural residents killed by them? Here’s a look at the three leading causes of rural unintentional injuries.

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November 29, 2017

Bringing Change for Rural COPD Patients: Possibilities with the COPD National Action Plan

3D imagery of COPD lungs


Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is number 3 on the cause of death list. In rural America, it’s the sole major chronic disease with increasing death rates. In May 2017, the COPD National Action Plan, a “blueprint for a multi-faceted, unified fight against the disease” was released. Rural stakeholders share perspectives of just how rural Americans with COPD might benefit from the plan’s rural touchpoints.

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August 9, 2017

“Doing Something Exceptional”: Rural Communities and Colorectal Cancer Screening

graphic of colorectal cancer


Colorectal cancer stands out as a cancer with increased incidence and mortality rates in rural areas – rates that are likely influenced by lack of screening. Using different approaches, two rural healthcare organizations in Idaho and Kentucky show how they are saving lives by improving colorectal cancer screening rates in their communities.

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July 12, 2017