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IHS Awards Tribal Management Grants to Support Tribal Self-Determination
Oct 1, 2018 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) has awarded grants to develop and improve tribal capacity to manage health programs. More than $1.4 million will be distributed through the Tribal Management Grant Program to 11 tribes and tribal organizations in 9 states.
Source: Indian Health Service
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Bad Air And Inadequate Data Prove An Unhealthy Mix
Sep 21, 2018 - Discusses efforts by local health and environmental groups in San Joaquin Valley, California to monitor air quality. They have distributed 20 monitors that allow residents to see in real-time if they need to take extra precautions before leaving the house.
Source: Kaiser Health News
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Study Documents Poor Mental and Physical Health in Rural Borderland Community Members
Sep 20, 2018 - Details the results of a recent study from the University of California, Riverside, which found that farmworkers and their families face a number of challenges that create significant and chronic stress. This can affect physical as well as mental health.
Source: University of California, Riverside
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How Suicide Trainings, Community Connections Could Patch Holes In Amador’s Mental Health Safety Net
Sep 13, 2018 - Details community-level efforts to reduce suicide rates and increase access to and use of mental health services in California's rural Amador County. The county has the third-highest suicide rate in the state, which is nearly three times the state average. Efforts include a new clinic, community awareness events, training to help community members recognize red flags and learn how to talk about suicide, and more.
Source: Capital Public Radio
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Chronic Loneliness Is A Major Cause Of Suicide For Seniors, Especially in Rural California
Sep 12, 2018 - Discusses the health risks associated with chronic loneliness and isolation. In California's rural Amador County, one third of the suicides between 2010 and 2017 were over the age of 60. Rural communities often have older residents and are generally more isolated due to their geography. Also highlights community interventions designed to fight loneliness and provide community for older residents.
Source: Capital Public Radio
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The ‘S’ Word: How Suicide Is Devastating Amador County And Rural Communities
Sep 10, 2018 - Explores some of the reasons why Amador county has the highest suicide rate in the state of California, followed closely by a number of other rural counties. Some of the biggest concerns are greater access to firearms, difficulty accessing treatment due to a high demand for behavioral health professionals, and significant stigma that prevents people from talking about, recognizing, and addressing their mental health needs.
Source: Capital Public Radio
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Low-Income Californians Feel Twice the Burn from Wildfires
Sep 4, 2018 - Discusses the added environmental health risk posed by smoke from wildfires in California to low-income communities which may already face significant risks from existing air pollution. This includes rural communities, many of which are already facing increased respiratory health risks due to the close proximity of agricultural production, oil fields, and more.
Source: Kaiser Health News
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Sick River: Can These California Tribes Beat Heroin and History?
Sep 4, 2018 - Discusses the struggles of several tribes in Northern California related to drug use and environmental factors impacting health, access to food, and economic stability. These issues are intertwined, with the health of the river and the desperation its pollution creates both spiritually and for people who rely on it for subsistence fishing influencing drug use. (May require subscription to view article.)
Source: The New York Times
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California Eyes Medicaid Reimbursement for Telehealth Counseling
Aug 28, 2018 - Discusses a bill expected to be signed by California Governor Jerry Brown that would expand the state's Medicaid program to more widely reimburse providers for using telehealth to deliver substance abuse counseling. It is expected to increase access to care in rural and other underserved communities in the state.
Source: mHealthIntelligence
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Why Veterans Face Heightened Suicide Risk In Amador County And Other Rural Areas
Aug 27, 2018 - Discusses the issue of veteran homelessness and suicide risk nationally as well as in a rural California county. Also highlights a program in this rural county that provides housing and mental health services to veterans.
Source: Capital Public Radio
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Farmworkers Face Illness and Death in the Fields
Aug 20, 2018 - Discusses concerns over farm workers facing heat stroke, an issue that is only expected to get worse with predicted temperature increases. California has stricter laws than many states in the region, but they are not always enforced. Also touches on efforts to strengthen these safety laws as well as to educate farm workers on the risks and how to take care of themselves in extreme heat.
Source: High Country News
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Still Grappling With Provider Access Issues, State Pours More Money Into Denti-Cal
Aug 20, 2018 - Discusses efforts to improve Denti-Cal, California's low-income dental program. Only just over 15% of the state's dentists accept Denti-Cal patients, although the program is trying to improve those rates. Discusses some of the reasons why dentists are reluctant to accept Denti-Cal and the specific efforts to improve them. Also touches on the high demand for dentists in rural areas.
Source: California Health Report
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This E.R. Treats Opioid Addiction on Demand. That’s Very Rare.
Aug 18, 2018 - Discusses a California emergency room that provides medication-assisted treatment (MAT) to help stabilize patients who come in experiencing symptoms of opioid withdrawal. There are indications that people who experience this are more likely seek treatment, in part because they've had the experience of feeling "normal" again. Touches on a rural hospital in the state that has adopted the program as well as the stigma against MAT they had to overcome at its inception. (May require subscription to view full article.)
Source: The New York Times
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Last Updated: 10/2/2018