Features

In-depth stories examining key rural health issues.

Contact Tracing: Training New Workers and Connecting with Rural Residents

Contact tracers at the Whiteriver Indian Hospital.


Contact tracing is an important step in preventing further spread of the coronavirus. Alaska’s AHEC program, a center for public health in Washington, and a national public health foundation share their training strategies while an IHS hospital in Arizona discusses its in-person contact tracing initiative.

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September 9, 2020

“It’s on Us”: Healthcare’s Unique Position in the Response to Human Trafficking

a pair of hands raised with broken chains


Referred to as a form of “modern-day slavery,” human trafficking occurs in every state and is not limited by the size of a community. Health services are one of the most common points of access to a lifeline for those actively being trafficked, giving healthcare professionals an advantage to help victims escape. A rural hospital CEO, a SORH director, a Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner, and a Safe Harbor Regional Navigator share how they combat human trafficking through training and raising awareness.

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July 29, 2020

Advance Care Planning: New Realities in Times of COVID-19

ICU patient


Advance care planning — planning for decision-making in times of medical crisis — has always been intended for all people, all ages, with or without a chronic disease. Clinicians talk about the challenges of these conversations now that COVID-19 has nudged planning from the realm of the theoretical future to current reality.

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July 15, 2020

Drug Education and Cessation Programs Help Teens Avoid or Quit Vaping

e-cigarette


Vaping among teens is on the rise, and rural teenagers have little access to cessation programs. California-based Being Adept and two Tennessee counties are helping their students learn how vaping negatively impacts their health while My Life, My Quit is helping teens in 18 states quit.

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June 3, 2020

Rural Libraries Help Communities Access Health Information

Marilynn Lance-Robb by Carvers Bay Branch Library sign


Libraries in South Carolina, Vermont, and Washington work to improve their communities’ health by providing monthly programs and teaching patrons and staff how to access reliable health information online.

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March 11, 2020

Healthcare Professionals’ Mental Health Needs: Where Can They Go?

two exhausted surgeons with hands on head


Recent research has found that not only are nearly 40% of surveyed physicians burned out, but 40% are also experiencing depression. For many reasons — stigma among them — these professionals are not getting mental health support. Physician health programs, in collaboration with professional societies, are trying to change that by working with state licensure boards and other groups.

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January 29, 2020