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News stories from the past 60 days.

Jun 2, 2023 - Examines 2021 data from the Ohio Department of Health showing that suicide rates in Ohio is rising after 2 years of decline. 14 of the 15 counties with the highest suicide rates was rural, and 9 of those 14 are in Appalachia. Local behavioral health leaders cite access issues, unreliable broadband hampering telehealth, and multiple social determinates of health as drivers of the increase. Highlights work being done to decrease stigma.
Source: NBC4
May 15, 2023 - Describes the lack of maternity care services in Vinton County, the least populated county in Ohio. The only available medical care in Vinton County is a Federally Qualified Health Center, and the drive to hospitals in neighboring counties is at least 30 minutes long.
Source: Akron Beacon Journal
Apr 27, 2023 - Summarizes a study finding poor health outcomes for rural Ohio women before and between pregnancies when compared to the women of Ohio overall. 98% of the rural women surveyed had at least one high-priority risk factor increasing the odds of health risks and poor outcomes during pregnancy. Recommends data collection methods for future research that better account for the health status of rural women.
Source: Regenstrief Institute
Apr 7, 2023 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is providing funding to Pennsylvania to support community wellness and resilience, following the train derailment and chemical spill in East Palestine, Ohio, on the Pennsylvania border. Pennsylvania will receive an initial $48,782, with additional funding expected after 90 days to continue for an additional 12 months to support activities.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Last Updated: 6/2/2023