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Chronic Disease in Rural America – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Mar 24, 2023 - Two recent studies found that while deaths from heart disease are declining overall in the United States, people living in rural areas are at higher risk of dying from heart disease, and that Black rural men are at greatest risk for developing heart failure. Heart disease is the leading cause of death nationwide and one out of every three deaths in Georgia is attributed to heart disease.
Source: Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Mar 23, 2023 - The Montana Produce Prescription Collaborative was recently awarded a federal grant of $500,000 to support Montana produce prescription programs over the next 3 years. Participating partners screen patients for chronic health conditions and food access, and eligible patients receive coupons for fresh fruits and vegetables.
Source: Kaiser Health News
Mar 2, 2023 - The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will hold a virtual public meeting of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) on March 29-30, 2023. The agenda and information on how to join the meeting will be posted on the PACHA website prior to the meeting. Preregistration is required by April 5, 2023.
Source: Federal Register
Feb 21, 2023 - A study published in the Journal of the American Heart Association showed that deaths from cardiovascular disease (CVD) consistently declined at the county level from 2009-2018. However, rural counties and counties with a higher percentage of black residents had higher CVD mortality rates than urban counties and counties with a lower percentage of black residents.
Source: EurekAlert
Feb 6, 2023 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is allowing an additional 30 days for comments on the information collection project titled " Surveillance of Persons with Early and Late HIV Diagnosis (SHIELD)." This project will collect information from people recently diagnosed with HIV at early or late diagnosis to understand barriers to HIV prevention and testing services contributing to transmission. Comments are due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Jan 26, 2023 - Funding awards for a total of $139 million have been made to 302 tribal, urban, and Indian Health Service sites in 35 states for the Special Diabetes Program for Indians. This provides diabetes prevention and treatment services for American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Jan 25, 2023 - Researchers from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and Vanderbilt University Medical Center conducted a long-term study of 27,115 adults in 12 southeastern states, and found that adults living in rural areas have a 19% higher risk of developing heart failure compared to their urban counterparts. Rural Black men participating in the study had a 34% higher risk of heart failure compared to urban Black men.
Source: National Institutes of Health

Last Updated: 3/24/2023