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Rural Health Disparities News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Strengthening Health and Health Care in Rural America
Oct 4, 2018 - Blog post from the Commonwealth Fund written by Mary Wakefield. Discusses the history of rural health, the present and future health needs in rural communities, and the efforts of the Commonwealth Fund to improve rural health both in the past and looking forward. Includes considerations around payment policy, healthcare delivery, healthcare workforce, community partnerships, and research.
Source: To The Point, The Commonwealth Fund
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Medicaid Expansion Particularly Helped Rural Areas, Small Towns, Report Finds
Sep 26, 2018 - Details a new report by Georgetown University's Health Policy Institute and the University of North Carolina's NC Rural Health Project which found that Medicaid expansion has been especially beneficial to low-include adults in small towns and rural areas. Links lower uninsured rates to greater access to care for individuals, more reliable funding sources for hospitals, and less uncompensated care.
Source: Healthcare Dive
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State Snapshots Provide a Fresh Look at State-Specific Health Care Quality Trends
Sep 24, 2018 - Blog post from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) on its release of its 2017 State Snapshots, which provide detailed analyses of how each state and the District of Columbia is performing in areas of healthcare quality. Also touches on the 2017 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR) which was also released today and from which the data in the State Snapshots is taken.
Source: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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New Data Provides a Deeper Understanding of Life Expectancy Gaps
Sep 10, 2018 - Blog post from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announcing a new interactive tool, compiled by the United States Small-Area Life Expectancy Estimate Project (USALEEP), that allows users to access life expectancy estimates by census tract. Life expectancy can vary widely based on where people live due to a number of factors. By providing extremely local data, the hope is that this tool can shine a light on inequities and equip local leaders to address them. USALEEP is a joint effort of the RWJF, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Association for Public Health Information Systems (NAPHSIS).
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Culture of Health Blog
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When Seconds Count: One Funder's Work to Improve Stroke Outcomes in Rural America
Sep 10, 2018 - Highlights the philanthropic work of the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to expand and enhance stroke care in the upper Midwest, with a specific focus on their recent work in Nebraska. Stroke mortality in rural areas can be as much as 30% higher than in urban areas, but investments in these largely-rural states with longer emergency response time work to reduce this disparity.
Source: Inside Philanthropy
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A Rural Town Banded Together to Open a Hospital. Its Foe? A Larger Hospital.
Sep 5, 2018 - Details efforts within a rural town in Florida to open a new hospital. The area has a high poverty rate and significant health disparities, many related to the distance people have to travel for care. In addition to regulatory and financial hurdles, a larger hospital 40 miles away has asked the state to deny their proposal, a move that has delayed plans to build the hospital. (May require subscription to view article.)
Source: The New York Times
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Last Updated: 10/4/2018