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RTT Collaborative’s Annual Photo Contest – Now Open!

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Share your experience with us by entering the RTT Collaborative Photo Contest with your photos and written reflection that depict healthcare education and training in rural places. The first-place winner will receive a cash prize of $250, the second-place winner $125, and the third-place winner $75.

  • Must be original work (up to 5 photos) by the entrant
  • Photos must be .jpeg format, resolution at least 1200 x 600 pixels
  • If a person is portrayed, a signed release form must be submitted.
  • The photos should depict some aspect of health care education and training in a rural location
  • Each photo submitted requires a corresponding written reflection 250 words or less

View the Photo Contest Information Flyer (755 KB pdf)


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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

  • Rural Covid-19 Infections Increase Slightly; Deaths Decline
    on November 26, 2021 at 6:00 am

    Reports on COVID-19 infection and mortality rates over the week of November 14-20, finding a 6% rise in overall cases in rural counties and a 9% decline in COVID-19-related deaths. Offers a county-level data map, charts with rural-urban comparisons over time, and state-level data.

  • Hit Hard by COVID, Native Americans Come Together to Protect Families and Elders
    on November 24, 2021 at 6:00 am

    Describes the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on stress, depression, anxiety, and sleeping problems for Native Americans, noting the risk of losing vulnerable and elderly community members and Native American disparities in COVID-19 infection, hospitalization, and mortality. Discusses community-level efforts and partnerships to support Native communities as they navigate COVID-19 fears and increase vaccination rate.

  • HHS Announces Record Health Care Workforce Awards in Rural and Underserved Communities
    on November 22, 2021 at 6:00 am

    Reports on health workforce loan repayment and scholarship program awards to clinicians, nurses, National Health Service Corps (NHSC) members, dentists, and behavioral health providers working in underserved, rural, and tribal areas. Describes the new Substance Use Disorder Treatment and Recovery Loan Repayment Program, investments in the primary care workforce, and other opportunities for loan repayment.

  • USDA Invests $222 Million in Rural Community Infrastructure to Help People in 44 States, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands and Puerto Rico
    on November 19, 2021 at 6:00 am

    Announces $222 million in funding for rural community infrastructure, including $132 million for healthcare, food security, and emergency response services. Funds will support 44 states, Guam, Northern Mariana Islands, and Puerto Rico. Offers examples of funded projects and provides information on Emergency Rural Health Care Grant Program, Recovery Grant applications and opportunities through USDA Rural Development.

  • 'Nothing Short of a Miracle:' How Rural Hospitals are Working Together to Keep from Closing
    on November 18, 2021 at 6:00 am

    Describes efforts to prevent rural Mississippi hospital closures and re-open rural hospitals through partnerships with other hospitals. Addresses financial challenges related to reimbursement issues and staffing costs and highlights the importance of emergency care access for rural communities.

  • USDA Invests $86 Million to Improve Equitable Access to Jobs, Business Opportunities, Education, Health Care and Housing for Rural People
    on November 18, 2021 at 6:00 am

    Announces $86 million in U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding to invest in employment, business, healthcare, education, and housing in rural and tribal areas. Offers an overview of the 6 programs supported through the funding, examples of funded initiatives, and a list of impacted states.

  • Rate of New Vaccinations Falls Slightly in Rural Counties
    on November 17, 2021 at 6:00 am

    Reports on rural and urban COVID-19 vaccination rates as of November 11, finding a 4% decline in new vaccinations compared to a 20% decline in metropolitan counties. Offers state and county-level data maps, vaccination trends over time, and state rural/metro comparisons.

  • A Telehealth Effort to Treat PTSD and Bipolar Disorder in Rural Areas Showed 'Huge Gains.' Now Comes the Hard Part
    on November 17, 2021 at 6:00 am

    Describes the Study to Promote Innovation in Rural Integrated Telepsychiatry (SPIRIT), a trial to offer mental telehealth services through a collaborative care model, with local care managers and clinics delivering treatment. Addresses the history of collaborative care and policy challenges related to integrating urban-based providers into rural clinics.

  • How the States with the Largest Share of Rural Residents Became Among the Most Vaccinated
    on November 16, 2021 at 6:00 am

    Describes COVID-19 vaccine outreach efforts in Vermont and Maine, noting that the states have the highest percentage of population living in rural areas and that they rank among the top 6 states in terms of vaccination. Addresses strategies among local health offices and health systems to monitor regions of the states and reach vulnerable populations.

  • USDA Announces a New Focus on Indigenous Food and Agriculture
    on November 16, 2021 at 6:00 am

    Describes partnerships between the USDA Office of Tribal Relations and several organizations to support Indigenous food practices, farming, and agriculture, including funding for a seed processing program through the Native American Food Sovereignty Alliance based in Minnesota. Discusses other projects in the program, including a video series on sustainable gathering and wild food foraging and efforts to make recommendations for future USDA regulatory activities.

Helpful Resources

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