Topics: Stress and stress disorders

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Pennsylvania Hospital Transitions HRSA-Funded Program to Online Services and Addresses COVID-19 Stress

Regional Alliance Chronic Disease Coordination and Management Program


Butler Memorial Hospital in Pennsylvania received a HRSA Rural Health Care Services Outreach grant to develop a program for chronic disease patients. Partway through the grant cycle, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The hospital shares how it was able to transition its program services to an online format and develop new initiatives to address stress in the healthcare workforce and the larger community.

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July 1, 2020

Preventing Farmer Suicides through Helplines and Farm Visits

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


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.

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May 15, 2019

Counteracting the Darkness of Physician Burnout

Signs of Physician Burnout


Physician burnout is rising as a popular healthcare topic, but the reality has been an ongoing problem in rural health settings. Dr. Jill Kruse shares her burnout experience, how she overcame it, and what she is doing to help others, while Dr. Randall Longenecker gives tips on building resiliency.

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March 16, 2016

Hospital Quality: Tough Issue!

Discusses whether quality measures and patients’ wishes may be at odds, and how that affects the perception of whether rural hospitals provide quality care.

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August 20, 2014

Socioeconomic Policy Is Health Policy

The United States spends more on medical care and less on social services than other developed countries, yet social services can be just as important to health outcomes.

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February 12, 2014

Introduction – Winter 2012

The Winter 2012 issue looks at programs that serve rural veterans in their communities, providing veteran housing and care for veterans with PTSD and TBI.

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February 14, 2012

Telepsychiatry Fills Gaps in PTSD Care

Telehealth services are being provided for American Indian veterans living with PTSD in rural areas on reservations in the Midwest.

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February 14, 2012

What is PTSD?

Defines and highlights resources related to Post-traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

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February 14, 2012