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Rural Health Disparities – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Jan 31, 2023 - The Virginia Consortium to Advance Healthcare in Appalachia will use $5.1 million in federal grant money to launch or expand several innovative programs to improve access to care in southwestern Virginia. The effort is aimed at tackling health inequity, improving rural healthcare, and expanding evidence-based models in telehealth for underserved communities.
Source: HealthLeaders
Jan 31, 2023 - A new program at the Washington State University College of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences addresses workforce shortages by supporting rural pharmacies and increasing the number of rural pharmacists over the next 10 years. The curriculum includes hands-on experiences in rural clinics and a project focused on improving an aspect of rural health care. Students are eligible to receive a $10,000-a-year scholarship if they agree to practice for at least 3 years in rural Washington after graduation.
Source: The Spokesman-Review
Jan 27, 2023 - The Louisiana Health Disparities in Rural Areas Task Force has been studying health disparities in rural Louisiana and has developed several legislative recommendations. The volunteer group consists of medical experts charged with finding solutions to close the healthcare gap between rural and urban areas. Approximately 98% of the state's population lives in federally designated Health Professional Shortage Areas.
Source: Louisiana Illuminator
Jan 26, 2023 - Discusses disparities in access to breast cancer treatment between urban and rural patients, and how they might be addressed. Explores findings from a report by researchers from Cleveland Clinic that examined 2004-2012 data from the National Cancer Database.
Source: CancerNetwork
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
Jan 10, 2023 - A new study shows that rural Michigan residents are much more likely to develop skin cancer than those in urban areas. The researchers say contributing factors include a lack of dermatologists in many rural areas, a greater percentage of people who work outdoors, and a higher number of light-skinned people, who are more likely to develop cancer.
Source: Great Lakes Echo
Dec 28, 2022 - New research shows that inaccuracies in reporting COVID as cause of death on death certificates are more likely for Americans who are Black, Hispanic, Asian or Native. In many small, rural Texas counties death certificates are filled out by Justices of the Peace, who have limited medical training and might not have sufficient access to postmortem COVID testing.
Source: USA Today
Dec 23, 2022 - Highlights a study on geographic barriers to accessing breast cancer screening in rural areas. Discusses travel time for rural people to healthcare facilities that offer mammography.
Source: Healio

Last Updated: 2/1/2023