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News stories from the past 60 days.

Small Town Doctors Having Big Impact on Rural Health
Dec 11, 2017 - Highlights the work of a doctor in a rural Oklahoma town to discuss the Oklahoma Medical Loan Repayment program and the Oklahoma State University rural residency program. Both programs are aimed at recruitment and retention of physicians in rural and underserved areas of the state.
Source: NewsOK
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IHS Announces $3.2 Million in Grants for Zero Suicide Initiative
Dec 4, 2017 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) awarded eight grants in its Zero Suicide Initiative to support projects that implement a comprehensive and culturally informed approach to providing suicide care in the Indian health system. These grants, totaling $400,000 each, were given to three IHS direct service locations and five tribal sites in five states.
Source: Indian Health Service
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USDA Invests in Broadband Infrastructure in Unserved and Underserved Rural Areas
Nov 6, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing more than $200 million to expand broadband infrastructure to unserved and underserved rural communities. These awards, financed through the USDA's Telecommunications Program, will fund projects in West Virginia, Minnesota, Oklahoma, Virginia, Washington, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, South Dakota, Tennessee, Utah, and Wisconsin.
Source: United States Department of Agriculture
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Joining the Battle Against Opioid Addiction in Rural Communities
Oct 31, 2017 - Blog post from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Director Gopal Khanna discussing the agency's efforts to combat the opioid epidemic, including expanding access to treatment through the work of five grantees in Colorado, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania. Details the work being done by these grantees as well as tools and resources collected by the AHRQ to help with the implementation of medication-assisted treatment in primary care settings.
Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Blog
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Fentanyl Involved in over Half of Opioid Overdose Deaths in 10 States
Oct 27, 2017 - According to new data published in the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Early Release, over half of the people who died of opioid overdoses during the second half of 2016 in 10 states tested positive for fentanyl. Researchers examined opioid overdose deaths from July 1 to December 31 in Maine, Massachusetts, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, West Virginia, and Wisconsin.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Last Updated: 12/11/2017