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Healthcare Access in Rural Communities News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Avera e-CARE's Telehealth Services Work to Preserve Healthy Rural Hospitals, Communities
Oct 30, 2017 - Highlights Avera Health's telehealth service in South Dakota. Created 25 years ago to reduce burnout in physicians in the rural regions it was serving, the program provided peer support across five Midwest states. Now serving providers in 15 states, this system allows for quick pharmacy, emergency, and other specialty care from specialists and keeps patients in their own communities.
Source: AHA News
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Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program Accepting Applications
Oct 10, 2017 - The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) has announced that it will be accepting applications for its Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program through December 6, 2017. Successful awardees will receive up to $200,000 a year for three years to improve healthcare access in rural communities by implementing evidence-based or promising practice models. Applicants may apply under the regular Outreach track for projects that focus on any health-related topic, or under the newly created track addressing cardiovascular disease called Health Improvement Special Project (HISP).
Source: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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Training New Doctors Right Where They’re Needed
Oct 9, 2017 - Highlights a residency program in California training new doctors in medically underserved areas in an effort to increase access to primary care in these areas. New doctors who complete their residencies in teaching health centers like this one provide care in underserved areas during their residency and are more likely to remain in an underserved community once their education is completed.
Source: Kaiser Health News
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Call for Papers for Health Services Research Theme Issue on Health Equity
Sep 26, 2017 - Health Services Research (HSR) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' Office of Minority Health (CMS OMH) are partnering to publish a Theme Issue on Health Equity, which includes efforts to reduce health disparities experienced by racial and ethnic minorities, sexual and gender minorities, persons with disabilities, and individuals living in rural areas. They are accepting studies, evaluations, and policy analyses that pertain to health equity from a variety of disciplines and encourage research that explores the intersectionality of social risk factors. Abstracts must be submitted by November 1, 2017.
Source: Health Services Research
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Stemming the Growing Cancer Crisis in Rural Appalachia
Sep 25, 2017 - Details the results of two recent studies on cancer in rural Appalachia, focusing primarily on one that found cancer incidence declined in every other region of the U.S. between 1969 and 2011. In that time, cancer death rates in rural Appalachian counties were higher and the 3-5 year survival rates for all cancers were lower than in non-Appalachian urban counties. Touches on causes of these disparities, including higher rates of smoking with lower access to tobacco cessation programs, environmental hazards, less access to cancer care, and cultural beliefs, among other things.
Source: The ASCO Post
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Last Updated: 10/31/2017