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Rural Health Disparities News

News stories from the past 60 days.

FCC and National Cancer Institute Champion Critical Role of Broadband in Rural Cancer Care
Dec 12, 2017 - Announces a Memorandum of Understanding between the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to increase broadband access and adoption in rural areas. The inaugural project, L.A.U.N.C.H. (Linking and Amplifying User-Centered Networks through Connected Health), is a public-private collaboration to improve broadband health connectivity in Appalachia and will target areas with high cancer mortality and low levels of broadband access.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
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Native Americans Feel Invisible In U.S. Health Care System
Dec 12, 2017 - Life expectancy for Native Americans is 20 years shorter than the national average. Discusses some potential causes, including the Indian Health Service (IHS) being underfunded, discrimination, high poverty and uninsured rates in Native American communities, limited access to providers, and these various barriers leading people to stop trying to access care.
Source: NPR
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UN Poverty Official Touring Alabama's Black Belt: 'I Haven't Seen This' in the First World
Dec 8, 2017 - Highlights areas of rural Alabama where many residents do not have septic tanks and are forced to pipe sewage out of their homes into open trenches. The potential for spreading illness, whether through old water pipes that might not be perfectly sealed or through exposure while children are playing outside, is a significant health concern. Also touches on the influence of poverty and racial discrimination on this health concern.
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Medical Care Supplement Call for Papers, Health IT to Address Disparities
Dec 2, 2017 - The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) is sponsoring a supplement to the journal Medical Care on "Addressing Health Disparities through the Utilization of Health Information Technology." Research must focus on one or more minority or health disparity populations. Papers must be submitted by February 12, 2018. (Announcement in the right sidebar.)
Source: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
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CDC Report Details Health Disparities Between Rural Minorities
Nov 28, 2017 - Details the results of a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which found that rural communities have become increasingly racially and ethnically diverse in recent years, but that there are significant health disparities between groups.
Source: North Carolina Health News
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Opioid, Heroin Overdoses Contributing to Rural Population Decline, USDA Says
Nov 17, 2017 - In its annual survey of rural America, Rural America at a Glance the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that population rates are decreasing in rural areas and that mortality rates of working-age adults are increasing, in part because of opioid overdoses.
Source: KUNC
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In Rural America, Community-Driven Solutions Improve Health
Nov 15, 2017 - Blog post from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) on the diversity of rural America as well as the shared strengths and obstacles rural communities face and the impact those obstacles have on health. Includes examples of innovative local solutions in rural communities that were awarded the RWJF Culture of Health Prize, as well as a list of rural health resources.
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Blog
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A Conversation with Davis Patterson, PhD
Oct 31, 2017 - Radio interview with Davis Patterson, the Director of the Collaborative for Rural Primary Care Research, Education, and Practice (Rural PREP), Deputy Director of the WWAMI Rural Health Research Center, and an investigator in the University of Washington Center for Health Workforce Studies. Discussion includes rural health disparities related to access and outcomes, recruitment and retention, and the work of the Rural PREP program, among other things.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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Why Appalachia Has One of the Nation's Highest Mortality Rates — and How Technology Could Help
Oct 24, 2017 - Discusses a recent report from the Appalachian Regional Commission on health disparities in Appalachia, including higher rates of stroke and suicide, and higher mortality rates for heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, injury, and diabetes. Also details access issues related to distance and demand for physicians and the impact of poverty on health. Touches on telemedicine as a potential intervention while detailing the barriers to that approach.
Source: The Post
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CDC Reports Rising Rates of Drug Overdose Deaths in Rural Areas
Oct 19, 2017 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released a new Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) that found that rates of drug overdose deaths are rising in rural areas, surpassing rates in urban areas, despite a lower percentage of rural people reporting illicit drug use. This report, Illicit Drug Use, Illicit Drug Use Disorders, and Drug Overdose Deaths in Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Areas — United States, also found that the percentage of people reporting past-month use of illicit drugs has declined for youth aged 12-17 and increased substantially for other age groups.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Last Updated: 12/13/2017