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Rural Health Disparities – News

News stories from the past 60 days.

May 22, 2023 - The Appalachian Community Cancer Alliance has launched a lung cancer screening initiative to improve cancer care in rural Appalachia. Through partnerships with local advocates in communities at risk, the initiative will focus on developing and implementing new patient-centric approaches to promote the importance of and raise awareness about lung cancer screening in rural Appalachia.
Source: The ASCO Post
May 19, 2023 - The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded over $65 million in funds to implement innovative approaches to improve maternal health outcomes and reduce disparities for patients at highest risk. This will help ensure healthier pregnancy and postpartum outcomes and address health disparities among women of color and women in rural and medically underserved areas.
Source: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
May 11, 2023 - Summarizes research showing the impact healthcare costs have on healthcare access for rural adults. When compared to urban adults, rural adults are more likely to be unable to pay medical bills. Additionally, rural adults are more likely to ration prescription medicine or go without medical care, citing financial burdens. Discusses financial burdens specific for rural women and the rural middle class.
Source: Daily Yonder
Apr 19, 2023 - The omnibus appropriations bill signed in December 2022 gave the CDC $5 million for the 2023 fiscal year to create the Office of Rural Health inside the agency. Congress directed the CDC to sharpen its focus on public health in rural areas with the new office, after COVID-19 had an outsize impact on rural America.
Source: KFF Health News
Apr 4, 2023 - A new study from the University of Cincinnati found that although the rise in technology use benefits many aspects of healthcare delivery, telehealth access disparities are likely to continue in rural areas due to limited resources and weaker internet access. Researchers found that access to high-speed internet was highly inconsistent across the country.
Source: mHealthIntelligence

Last Updated: 5/23/2023