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Dec 24, 2019

Top 10 Rural Monitor Articles of 2019

Here is a countdown of the most-read articles of the year:

Diane Hall, CDC Senior Policy Analyst#10 – CDC as a Rural Resource: Q&A with Diane Hall

CDC Senior Policy Analyst Diane Hall discusses the CDC's work in rural health and the importance of data collection and storytelling.

Published March 20, 2019


St. George ambulance #9 – Making Informed Decisions about Rural EMS

In rural America, many community members do not understand the skill level, training, and availability of the people who answer their 911 calls. The Informed Self-Determination Process helped the community of St. George, Maine learn about their EMS system and created consensus about what EMS would look like in their town.

Published April 3, 2019

glass of water with potential contaminants identified#8 – Running Clear: Preventing Private Water Sources from Becoming a Health Hazard in Rural America

Because private water sources are not regulated, rural residents who rely on them can be more susceptible to health risks from waterborne contaminants. Water experts and a public health professional share how they are helping rural residents keep their well water clean to avoid sickness.

Published June 26, 2019

child getting eye exam, image source: National Eye Institute#7 – Eye Health Needs: Preserving the Eyesight of Rural and Underserved Populations

Rural Americans of all ages often go without eye healthcare, a gap that has obvious consequences: blindness and low vision. National associations and an FQHC administrator talk about how rural vision care can be improved to increase quality of life and prevent disability in rural patients.

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Published January 9, 2019

a healthcare worker's arm gripped tightly by a patient#6 – Violence Against Hospital Workers: Growing Awareness, Rural Interventions, and Why It Still Goes Unreported

Healthcare workers are four times more likely to be seriously injured on the job than other professionals. Research, tools, and campaigns are equipping rural hospital leaders to better protect their employees and develop a culture of safety.

Published September 11, 2019

student ear exam via telehealth#5 – The Power of Three: Rural Schools, Healthcare Providers, and a Rural Health Association Collaborate to Expand Primary Care Access Using School-Based Telehealth

The Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA) is using federal funding to support a project that, to date, has linked 18 rural schools with 10 local provider organizations, delivering school-based telehealth to hundreds of the state's rural students. “Virtual telehealth librarians” from another federally-funded IRHA project, provided technical assistance.

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Published May 29, 2019

Gloriana Hunter poses with her dog Pepe Ricardo#4 – Peer Support Specialists Care for and Connect Rural Behavioral Health Clients

Peer support specialists are trained laypeople in recovery with a mental health condition or substance use disorder who act as mentors and coordinators for clients with similar behavioral health issues. PSSs in rural Arizona, Michigan, and North Dakota share the challenges and successes they see in their communities.

Published February 6, 2019

Dr. Bird Gilmartin with a patient#3 – Rising from the Ashes: How Trauma-Informed Care Nurtures Healing in Rural America

Wildfires. Child abuse. Sexual assault. The negative and ongoing effects of these experiences are the reason communities and medical providers are using an approach called trauma-informed care. This article features ways trauma is understood and treated in a rural community, a Wyoming pediatrician's clinic, and for nurses providing assault exams.

Published April 17, 2019

Meg Moynihan, Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) Senior Advisor of Strategy & Innovation, on her organic dairy farm. Photograph by Cory Ryan, courtesy of UMN School of Public Health#2 – Preventing Farmer Suicides through Helplines and Farm Visits

Difficult economic conditions have caused many farmers to experience high levels of stress and a sense of hopelessness about saving their business and way of life. The Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline and NY FarmNet are working to improve farmers' mental health and prevent suicides.

Published May 15, 2019

photo of a woman looking out a window#1 – Social Isolation and Loneliness: Insights from Rural Clinical Providers and Other Experts

As more healthcare delivery efforts include social risk assessments, the impact of the social determinants of health is better understood. Rural clinicians, researchers, and other experts share perspectives on social isolation and loneliness.

Published July 10, 2019

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