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Healthcare Access in Rural Communities News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Our Community Health Representatives 1968-2018 – Standing Tall for 50 Years
Dec 7, 2018 - Blog post from the Indian Health Service (IHS) commemorating the 50th anniversary of the IHS Community Health Representatives Program. The goal of this program is to provide quality healthcare services to American Indian and Alaska Native people within their communities through the use of well-trained, paraprofessional healthcare workers.
Source: Indian Health Service
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Labor Pains: The OB-GYN Shortage
Nov 16, 2018 - Discusses several programs that are working to address OB-GYN shortages across the United States. They range from telemedicine options to rural OB-GYN residency tracks.
Source: AAMCNews
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Frail Older Adults Not Getting the In-Home Health Care They Need
Nov 15, 2018 - Highlights a recent study which found disparities between the need for home-based medical care and what is actually provided, between male and female patients, and between patients of different races. Specifically discusses access barriers to home health care in rural areas. The study found that rural residents were 78% less likely to receive home-based care than residents in the most metropolitan counties.
Source: Home Health Care News
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How Hospitals Are Prioritizing Behavioral Health and Affordable Medication in Rural Communities
Nov 15, 2018 - Highlights two rural hospitals and the work they're doing. One integrated behavioral and physical health services in rural Montana. The other improves access to prescription medications through collaboration in rural Virginia.
Source: American Hospital Association
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A Conversation with Kristine Sande
Nov 12, 2018 - Radio interview with Kristine Sande, the Program Director of the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) and an Associate Director at the University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health. Discussion includes National Rural Health Day, the importance of sharing positive rural health stories, and the work and resources of the RHIhub, including the topic guide on the Rural Response to the Opioid Crisis and how rural organizations can use to to help address the opioid crisis, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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Don’t Try to Fit Rural Health Into an Urban Box
Nov 12, 2018 - Blog post from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), written by Melissa Bosworth, the executive director of the Eastern Plains Healthcare Consortium, a five-hospital collaborative in the rural West. Looks at systemic barriers faced in rural areas and includes recommendations for improving rural health access and equity
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Culture of Health Blog
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A Conversation with Hilda Heady
Nov 8, 2018 - Radio interview with Hilda Heady, a rural health and veterans' advocate. Discussion covers healthcare for rural veterans, including considerations for minority, female, and homeless veterans, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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IHS Announces a New Policy to Expand Access to Medication Assisted Treatment in Remote Locations
Nov 1, 2018 - Blog post from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on the Indian Health Service's (IHS) new Internet Eligible Controlled Substance Provider Designation policy. This policy allows IHS, tribal, and urban Indian organization healthcare providers the opportunity to provide medication assisted treatment through telemedicine in an effort to improve access to treatment for opioid use disorder for American Indian and Alaska Native people in rural and remote areas.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Blog
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USDA Announces Funding to Increase Access to Education, Workforce Training and Health Care Opportunities in Rural Communities
Oct 31, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced $39.6 million in funding for 128 projects to increase access to job training, educational, and healthcare services in rural areas. Funding for these projects comes from the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) Grant Program. More than 4.5 million residents in 40 states and three territories will benefit from the funding.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Accessing Health Care in Rural America
Oct 30, 2018 - Discusses barriers to accessing healthcare in rural areas as well as a number of ways that rural communities have addressed access issues. Touches on the demand for healthcare professionals, telehealth, transportation, hospital and obstetric department closures, and Community Health Workers (CHWs), among other things.
Source: U.S. News and World Report
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A Sense of Alarm as Rural Hospitals Keep Closing
Oct 29, 2018 - Discusses the issue of rural hospital closures, including contributing factors and the impact closures can have on health in the affected communities. In every year since 2011, more hospitals have closed than opened.
Source: The New York Times
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HHS Awards $293 Million to Expand Primary Health Care Workforce
Oct 18, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced funding through the National Health Services Corps (NHSC) and the Nurse Corps programs, which provide scholarships and loan repayment to providers for working in areas of the country with limited access to care. $293 million in funding will connect primary care providers and students to rural, tribal, and other underserved communities across the country.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Rural Pharmacies Are Closing: Where Does That Leave Patients?
Oct 17, 2018 - Discusses rural pharmacy closures and the wide-reaching impact these closures can have on their communities. Also touches on some of the causes of closures including bigger chain pharmacies and low reimbursement rates.
Source: U.S. News and World Report
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The Drive To Quality And Access In Rural Health
Oct 17, 2018 - Focuses on the role quality measurement plays for rural participation in quality improvement initiatives and the relationship between access to care and quality in rural areas. Features the efforts of the National Quality Forum's Measure Applications Partnership Rural Health Workgroup, which recently identified a core set of quality measures to help address the unique needs of rural providers.
Source: Health Affairs Blog
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NPR Poll: Rural Americans Are Worried About Addiction And Jobs, But Remain Optimistic
Oct 16, 2018 - Details the findings of a new poll on Life in Rural America from NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Questions included the biggest problems facing rural people and their families, their optimism about the future, economic and health concerns, the opioid epidemic, and more.
Source: NPR
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Last Updated: 12/10/2018