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Chronic Disease in Rural America – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Apr 12, 2024 - A food bank serving South Texas is offering free diabetes education. Notes the higher rates of obesity and diabetes in the area are worse for rural residents. Highlights success of this type of program in other rural areas of the state.
Source: KIII
Mar 19, 2024 - Summarizes recent research finding that rural residents are more likely to have diabetes when compared to urban residents, but the disparity narrowed or even reversed when accounting for activity levels and obesity. Study authors say lifestyle interventions may improve diabetes disparity rates for rural areas. Also notes that tailored interventions may be necessary across rural communities.
Source: Mayo Clinic News Network
Mar 12, 2024 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will hold a virtual public meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) on March 27-28, 2024. The agenda and information on how to join the meeting will be posted on the PACHA website prior to the meeting. To provide public comment, pre-registration is required by March 18, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Mar 5, 2024 - Highlights a peer group program for rural Colorado veterans with chronic pain. The program uses human connection for chronic pain treatment and increasing healthcare access. Discusses recent program expansion and offers success stories.
Source: Veterans Administration
Feb 29, 2024 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Advisory Committee on HIV, Viral Hepatitis and STD Prevention and Treatment (CHAC) will hold a hybrid public meeting on April 9-10, 2024. Agenda items include discussions related to syndemic approach to testing, using prescription data to support the HIV care continuum, HIV and aging, advancing diagnosis of hepatitis C virus infection, updates from the Community Partnerships and Workforce workgroups, and more. Written comments are due by April 19, 2024, and requests to make oral comments should be submitted by March 26, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 16, 2024 - Summarizes recent research finding that rural residents have less access to quality dialysis care when compared to urban areas. Notes that fewer facilities, distance to care, and fewer healthcare professional contribute to the disparity.
Source: Physician's Weekly

Last Updated: 4/15/2024