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News stories from the past 60 days.

County Teams with Co-op to Bring Telemedicine to Veterans
Oct 15, 2018 - Describes a collaboration between a rural Kentucky county's library, a Veterans Administration (VA) hospital, and a rural telecom cooperative to offer medical services to veterans using telemedicine. The service, called the "Virtual Living Room," allows veterans to use the library's computers and broadband internet, provided by the co-op, to connect with their doctors at the VA hospital.
Source: National Association of Counties
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'You Just Don't Touch That Tap Water Unless Absolutely Necessary'
Oct 3, 2018 - Discusses national water quality concerns related to infrastructure as well as environmental contamination, focusing on a Kentucky town near the West Virginia border to illustrate the issue. Most of the nation's pipes have reached their life expectancy point, but replacing the system would be incredibly expensive. Some water systems are privately owned as well, making infrastructure upgrades more complicated.
Source: NPR
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USDA to Implement Regulatory Reforms to Increase Access to Capital in Rural Areas
Sep 5, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is hosting listening sessions to solicit feedback on a plan to increase access to capital in rural areas by streamlining regulations for four Rural Development loan guarantee programs. These programs are the Community Facilities Guaranteed Loan Program, the Water and Waste Disposal Guaranteed Loan Program, the Business and Industry Loan Guarantee Program, and the Rural Energy for America Program. These listening sessions can be attended virtually, and will take place in Colorado, Kentucky, Missouri, Pennsylvania, and Washington, D.C.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Dead Reckoning: America's System of Coroners and Medical Examiners is Facing Unprecedented Challenges
Aug 31, 2018 - Details the increased workload on coroners, medical examiners, and forensic pathologists in part due to the opioid epidemic, focusing on Kentucky to shine a light on the national issue. Coroners' offices are struggling under the increased workload and expense, in some cases risking or even losing their accreditation. But even with funding, medical examiners can be difficult to recruit or retain due to high medical school debt and the lower pay scale and there are only 500 board-certified forensic pathologists in the country, less than half of the estimated need. This increased pressure can lead to less in-depth investigations of deaths, which may also impact public health.
Source: Governing
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USDA Partners to Provide Transitional Housing for Rural People in Recovery from Opioid Misuse
Aug 31, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD) announced an innovative agreement in which a nonprofit organization will purchase homes from the USDA and convert them to transitional housing for people recovering from opioid misuse. Also details the first agreement in this initiative between the USDA RD and the Isaiah House in Kentucky.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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RBS: Inviting Applications for the Delta Health Care Services Grant Program Federal Register
Aug 29, 2018 - USDA's Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) is seeking applications for the FY2018 Delta Health Care Services (DHCS) grant program. The purpose of the program is to address the unmet healthcare needs in the Delta Region through financial assistance, economic development, and cooperation between health professionals and institutions in the region. Applications are due by November 26, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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Kentucky Takes a Novel Approach to Fight the Opioid Crisis
Aug 28, 2018 - Blog post from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) discussing Kentucky's efforts to address the opioid epidemic using a website to connect residents with treatment facilities based on insurance, gender identity, facility type, and co-occurring treatment needs. The state has the third highest rate of drug overdose in the country.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Public Health Matters Blog
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Broadband and the Opioid Epidemic: Connecting Rural Communities to Hope
Aug 27, 2018 - Guest post for the Rural Broadband Association by Anne Hazlett, the Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Discusses the impact of broadband internet access on rural economies and on rural residents' access to healthcare, including behavioral healthcare. Touches on mental health, the opioid epidemic, and efforts to expand broadband access.
Source: The Rural Broadband Association
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Rural Risk: Mobile Clinics Help Tackle Multifaceted Opioid Crisis
Aug 20, 2018 - Describes the work of two mobile clinics in the Ohio Valley working to help minimize the harm caused by the opioid epidemic. One provides education about the use of naloxone, teaching people how to help a person who has overdosed on opioids, as well as distributing naloxone. The other offers needle-cleaning kits, testing for hepatitis C, and refers people to other health services in their area. Using a mobile clinic allows these programs to reach rural people who might not have the ability to travel for these services.
Source: WFPL News
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Last Updated: 10/16/2018