RTTC 2022 Annual Meeting
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- The RTT Collaborative Annual Scholarly Intensive Announcement
- Rural Residency Consultant Learning Community Query
- Save that Date! For the RTTC’s Annual Meeting
- Participating Programs Highlight in North Dakota
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News stories via the Rural Health Information Hub News stories of interest to rural health, with information provided via the Rural Health Information Hub
- Growth in Rural Vaccination Rate Slows in Last Monthon January 18, 2022 at 6:00 am
Reports on rural/urban COVID-19 vaccination rates as of January 13, indicating a decline in rural vaccinations to the lowest level since vaccines were made available in spring 2021. Notes that 47.9% of the rural population has completed vaccination, compared to 61.1% of the metro population. Offers a county-level and a state-level data map and rural/urban comparisons over time.
- HHS Announces Availability of $13 Million to Increase Behavioral Health Care Access in Rural Communitieson January 18, 2022 at 6:00 am
Announces $13 million to support behavioral healthcare and respond to health inequity in rural areas, including evidence-based and trauma-informed substance use disorder treatment. Describes the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP)-Behavioral Health Care Support program and offers information on eligibility and the application process.
- How a Rural Alabama Pharmacy Became a Frontline in the Fight Against COVIDon January 14, 2022 at 6:00 am
Describes the efforts in a rural pharmacy serving Jackson and DeKalb counties in northeast Alabama by offering monoclonal antibody treatment for COVID-19. Highlights disparities in mortality rates for rural residents, access to monoclonal treatments, and challenges facing rural pharmacies nationwide as 1,230 rural pharmacies have closed since 2003 and 30 rural zip codes in Alabama have lost independent pharmacies.
- Vaccine Access for Kids in Rural America Can Be a Struggleon January 14, 2022 at 6:00 am
Reports on challenges for rural parents seeking COVID-19 vaccines for children ages 5-11, noting that many rural providers do not offer vaccines due to the short lifespan of doses and concerns about wasting vaccine. Addresses hesitancy among rural parents to vaccinate children and significant transportation barriers, focusing on the situation in rural Montana.
- Rural Counties Break Record for Most Covid-19 Infections in a Single Weekon January 12, 2022 at 6:00 am
Reports on COVID-19 new infection rates for the week of January 1-8, noting a record for new cases in a 7-day period with 393,000 new rural infections. Offers a county-level data map and rural-urban comparisons in infection and mortality rates over time.
- Kids Who Lost Parents to COVID Deserve Help, Advocates Sayon January 10, 2022 at 6:00 am
Discusses the hardships facing youth who have lost parents to COVID-19, particularly the impacts on underserved and rural communities. Addresses the need for mental health and economic support for youth who have lost parents, and legislative efforts at the state level to support mental healthcare access.
- After Starting in Metro Counties, Omicron Begins to Move into Rural Areason January 6, 2022 at 6:00 am
Reports on rural and urban COVID-19 infection rates between December 26, 2021 and January 1, 2022, noting that rural areas are beginning to see the sharp increase that metro counties have experienced in the wake of the Omicron variant. Offers a county-level data map, state-by-state rural and metro comparisons, and infection and mortality rates over time.
- OSTP: Request for Information on Strengthening Community Health Through Technologyon January 5, 2022 at 6:00 am
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is seeking input from community health stakeholders, technology developers, and other interested parties about how digital health technologies are used, or could be used in the future, to transform community health, individual wellness, and health equity. This request for information is part of an initiative to explore how innovation in science and technology can reduce barriers to accessing quality healthcare and leading healthier lives. OSTP is particularly interested in information from community-based health settings and about populations traditionally underserved by healthcare. Comments are due by February 28, 2022.
- New National Poll Shows Encouraging Signs of Reduced Stigma Around Farmer Mental Healthon January 5, 2022 at 6:00 am
Announces a new research poll from the American Farm Bureau Federation that examines stigma and willingness to seek help for mental health issues for rural adults, farmers, and farm workers. Notes a decrease in stigma but that it is still a factor in agricultural communities, that farmers are more comfortable discussing stress and mental health issues with family, friends, and their doctors than in 2019, and that stress and mental health challenges are more frequent for rural adults and farmers than a year ago.
- As Covid Hits Nursing Homes' Finances, Town Residents Fight to Save Alzheimer's Facilityon January 4, 2022 at 6:00 am
Reports on the closure of an Alzheimer's care facility in western Missouri due to financial hardship and the concerns of local residents about accessing long-term care for relatives and seniors in the area. Discusses the uncertain future of nursing homes nationwide in the face of COVID-19, noting that 54% reported financial losses and that 134 nursing homes closed in 2021.
Rural resources via the Rural Health Information Hub Resources, reports, and other documents on rural health topics from a variety of sources, with information provided via the Rural Health Information Hub
- Alabama Primary Care Physician Workforce, 2020on January 19, 2022 at 7:59 pm
Discusses distribution of Alabama's primary care physicians and their availability to state residents. Features a county-level map identifying Alabama towns and cities with shortages or adequate supplies of physicians, and statistics on physician need in Alabama population centers, with breakdowns by urban or rural location. -- Alabama Rural Health Association
- "It's the Relationships": Q&A with Peggy Broussard Wheeleron January 19, 2022 at 7:21 pm
An interview with Peggy Broussard Wheeler, Vice President of Policy at the California Hospital Association. Covers the challenges rural hospitals face during the pandemic, health equity efforts, workforce issues, and more. Discusses how rural hospitals work together to address concerns. -- Rural Health Information Hub
- Adolescent Births in California 2000-2018on January 19, 2022 at 7:11 pm
Report offering statistics ranging on teenage births in California from 2000-2018. Includes statistics of adolescent mothers giving birth in California by age, race, ethnicity, and county. -- California Department of Public Health
- Arkansas Health Professions Manpower Statistics 2020on January 19, 2022 at 7:05 pm
Reports on licensed healthcare professionals distribution by gender, age, and county for Arkansas with maps and statistics. Includes data for primary and specialty care physicians, dentists, nurses, and more. -- Arkansas Department of Health
- Distressed Minnesota Community Hospitals, 2019on January 19, 2022 at 5:24 pm
Explores the characteristics of financially distressed hospitals in Minnesota. Presents data by hospital type, including Critical Access Hospital designation and rural status. -- Minnesota Department of Health
- Integrating Serious Illness Care into Primary Care Delivery: Proceedings of a Workshopon January 19, 2022 at 4:36 pm
Summarizes presentations and discussions from a June 2021 workshop on challenges and opportunities to integrate serious illness care into primary care settings. Covers the shared principles of primary and serious illness care, the interdisciplinary teams in each discipline, policy issues that serve as barriers or incentives, and best practices. Includes examples of integrating serious illness care into primary care settings in rural areas. -- Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
- Expanded Eligibility Allows More Rural Clinicians to Qualify for Loan Repaymenton January 19, 2022 at 4:27 pm
Webinar recording discusses the the expansion of eligibility for the National Health Services Corps (NHSC) loan repayment program. Includes information on the different programs available, the reward amounts, and the eligibility for each. Features presentations from representatives of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, 3RNET, and the NHSC. -- Rural Health Information Hub
- Disaster Recovery: School Districts in Socially Vulnerable Communities Faced Heightened Challenges after Recent Natural Disasterson January 19, 2022 at 3:29 pm
Examines 5 school districts in socially vulnerable communities and describes problems faced by students after disasters, including housing instability, food insecurity, and lack of access to mental health services, especially in rural communities. Includes a state- and territory-level map showing school districts that received federal recovery grants for 2017-2019 presidentially-declared disasters. -- Government Accountability Office
- Prescription Drug Affordability among Medicare Beneficiarieson January 19, 2022 at 3:22 pm
Examines the affordability of prescription drugs among Medicare beneficiaries. Explores whether Medicare beneficiaries skipped doses, took less medication, delayed filling a prescription, or did not fill needed prescriptions due to cost concerns. Explores affordability concerns by race and ethnicity, sex, family income, urban versus rural counties, and presence of select chronic conditions. -- HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
- Evaluating the Rural Health HIV/AIDS Planning Programon January 19, 2022 at 3:07 pm
Policy brief describing the experiences of the first grantee cohort (2020-21) of the Rural HIV/AIDS Planning Program. Examines barriers to or facilitators of successful grant implementation, and the sustainability of programs and acquisition of future funding. Contains a list of these grantees, brief descriptions of their programs, and themes related to the success of the programs. -- University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center