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Healthcare Access in Rural Communities News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Medical Cargo Could Be The Gateway For Routine Drone Deliveries
Mar 10, 2018 - Highlights several of the proposals that have been submitted to the Department of Transportation and the Federal Aviation Administration to speed the integration of drones into the national airspace. Many of these proposals include medical applications, like transporting blood, defibrillators, and samples for testing.
Source: NPR
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Rural Maternity Care Losses Lead to Childbirth Risks
Mar 9, 2018 - Details the results of a recent study that found that 179 rural counties lost hospital obstetric services between 2004 and 2014. Rural communities that were adjacent to urban areas lost 103 hospital-based obstetric services while non-adjacent rural communities lost 76. It also found that preterm births and births outside of the hospital increased after obstetric services were lost in rural counties. According to the CDC, preterm births are the most frequent single cause for infant mortality. (May require registration for full article.)
Source: Modern Healthcare
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HRSA Recognizes Champions of Rural Health
Feb 28, 2018 - The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) has acknowledged seven rural organizations for improving healthcare quality, developing and implementing innovative strategies, adopting evidence-based and promising practice models, and leading sustainable advancements in increasing access to healthcare.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
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A Larger Role for Midwives Could Improve Deficient U.S. Care for Mothers and Babies
Feb 22, 2018 - Highlights a new study which found a correlation between the integration and acceptance of midwives into obstetrical care and improved maternal and infant outcomes and cost-effectiveness of care. Details the history of the United States' move away from midwifery as well as the growing acceptance of nurse-midwives and the impact they could potentially have in addressing racial health disparities and care shortages in rural and low-income communities.
Source: ProPublica
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Rural Oral Health Summit Presents the Problem, Looks for Answers
Feb 12, 2018 - Details Campbell University Public Health program's Rural Oral Health Summit, which focused on the importance of care, high demand for providers, the impact of factors like poverty, dental insurance, and community resources.
Source: Campbell University
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Last Updated: 3/12/2018