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News stories from the past 60 days.

Local Hospitals Strive for Changes in Approach to Opioid Use
Mar 20, 2019 - The Colorado Opioid Safety Pilot, launched by the Colorado Hospital Association, seeks to reduce opioid prescriptions. Rural emergency departments are also participating in the pilot, which so far has reduced opioid prescriptions by more than a third.
Source: Lakewood Sentinel
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'Colorado Rural Physicians Pipeline Act' Introduced in Legislature
Mar 19, 2019 - A bill introduced in Colorado would create a scholarship program for medical students committing to work in rural or frontier areas of the state.
Source: KOAA News5
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Center for Rural School Health & Education Launches Community-University Partnership to Meet the Mental Health Needs of Rural Youth
Mar 4, 2019 - Details a Community-University Partnership taskforce created to address and combat the growing youth mental health crisis in Colorado's San Luis Valley. The taskforce will create a community informed, data driven, evidence-based action plan that can be implemented across all 14 San Luis Valley school districts to improve social-emotional health and address adverse childhood experiences for K-12 students.
Source: Morgridge College of Education, University of Denver
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Fed Up With High Health Care Costs, A Community Asks for A Better Deal
Feb 21, 2019 - Details efforts by a community group in rural Colorado to lower the high prices being charged for local medical services. Their non-profit, Peak Health Alliance, will negotiate lower prices and work with an insurance company to package those discounts into plans for members of the alliance and for purchase on the state exchange.
Source: Stateline, Pew Charitable Trusts
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In Colorado, Some Rural Counties Struggle While Others Thrive
Feb 15, 2019 - Details a report which found that rural counties that are gaining population and thriving economically tend to be close enough to an urban area that residents can commute for work or tend to be close to some kind of outdoor recreation amenity. Applies this to Colorado, where mountain towns near Denver have been growing, and where rural areas in the eastern part of the state continue to struggle.
Source: KUNC
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Last Updated: 3/20/2019