Features

In-depth stories examining key rural health issues.

Drug Education and Cessation Programs Help Teens Avoid or Quit Vaping

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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?

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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

Physician Burnout: Definition(s), Cause(s), Impact(s), Solution(s)

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National research has revealed it and rural research suggests it: over 40% of today’s physicians are burned out. This in-depth story reviews information about burnout in healthcare professions and for physicians in particular. Along with reviewing causes and impact, a medical school wellness-advocate, a researcher, and a large healthcare organization with a rural footprint shared interventions and solutions.

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January 22, 2020

Informal Caregiving and Technology in Rural America

Maria Waters works on filling her parents med planners and tracking their medications.


As people are living longer and trying to find solutions to delay the expense of long-term care or nursing facilities, family members, including adult children, are increasingly becoming informal, unpaid caregivers. Learn how technology may be a solution to help rural caregivers, what some of the challenges and opportunities are, and read about a current model that has the potential to change the landscape.

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January 8, 2020

It’s Possible: Voluntary Accreditation for Rural Public Health Departments

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With national standards now available for voluntary accreditation, rural public health departments need to determine the feasibility of that activity for their organization. The Public Health Accreditation Board President and CEO joins researchers and experts to share information about accreditation and how rural health departments can achieve that designation.

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December 18, 2019

CDFIs ‘Make Dreams Come True’ by Creating Opportunity in Rural Spaces

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Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) can offer flexible financing options, but many operate at full capacity and there is a general lack of awareness of these institutions in rural spaces. Foundation and CDFI leaders share their perspectives about the difference CDFIs can make on rural health outcomes.

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December 4, 2019