News stories from the past 60 days.
May 17, 2023 - Describes challenges faced by St. Luke's Health – Memorial San Augustine, a rural, one-story hospital in East Texas. The hospital recently eliminated inpatient services as part of its conversion from Critical Access Hospital status to Rural Emergency Hospital.
May 17, 2023 - Highlights historic efforts to address multigenerational poverty in Appalachia, the rural West, Indian Country, South Texas, and the Mississippi Delta. Discusses higher rates of poor health outcomes in these areas.
May 16, 2023 - Nonprofits and other civic agencies in rural areas are at a disadvantage when navigating complex bureaucracies and applying for federal funds. The Ford Family Foundation and the T.L.L. Temple Foundation are using rural-to-rural collaboration to generate scalable solutions that create a more level playing field for rural communities seeking new development pathways.
Source: Inside Philanthropy
May 4, 2023 - Highlights a lung cancer screening program at a Veterans Assistance medical center in Houston, Texas. Since beginning in May 2021, the program has diagnosed 30 lung cancer instances, 90% which were symptom free and in early stages. Success of the program has led the system to expand into other rural sites in the VA system, ensuring rural veterans have access to the same screenings and care as veterans in Houston.
Source: VA News
Apr 25, 2023 - Discusses the decision to convert to a Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) by a rural Texas hospital faced with closing. Outlines which services will continue to be available at the hospital. Funding for emergency medical services (EMS) are not part of REH guidelines so the ability for continued EMS service at the hospital is unknown.
Source: KTAB, KRBC, Telemundo Abilene, BigCountryHomepage.com
Apr 20, 2023 - Describes the higher percentage of diabetes diagnoses in rural places including factors contributing to the disparity such as insurance status, transportation, and food deserts. Highlights additional issues found in rural Texas such as immigration status and cultural norms.
Source: PBS NewsHour
Apr 5, 2023 - The University of Texas at Arlington College of Nursing and Health Innovation is planning to offer undergraduate and graduate rural health certification programs by spring 2024 to prepare students for challenges unique to health care professionals in rural areas. Classes are expected to cover rural health issues, policies, barriers, and solutions.
Source: The Shorthorn
Apr 4, 2023 - A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service found that personal and professional relationships were crucial to recruiting and retaining healthcare professionals in rural areas. The study examined 150 small rural towns with a population between 2,500-20,000 in Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Last Updated: 5/23/2023