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The RTT Collaborative June 2021 Newsletter is now available!
This newsletter includes announcements regarding the RTT upcoming events, program highlights, and annual meeting save the date information!
Some newsletter highlights include:
- Rural Residency Fair Announcement
- Rural Residency Fest Announcement
- 2021 Annual Meeting Highlights and Save the Date
- What is a Rural Program?
- Participating Program Renewal Update
- The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021
- Family Physicians Inquiries Network (FPIN)
- Highlighting programs with multiple rural sites
- Featuring: University of Nebraska Medical Center Rural Training Track
- Featuring: HealthPartners Western Wisconsin Rural Family Medicine Residency
- RRPD Update: Grantee Program Match
RHIhub – The nation’s rural health library
News stories via the Rural Health Information Hub News stories of interest to rural health, with information provided via the Rural Health Information Hub
- HHS Provides $424.7 Million to Rural Health Clinics for COVID-19 Testing and Mitigation in Rural Communitieson June 11, 2021 at 5:00 am
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) provided $424.7 million in funding from the American Rescue Plan to 4,200 Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) and an additional $35.3 million will be issued later this summer to RHCs that meet eligibility requirements. Funds will expand access to testing for rural residents and help to mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 in their communities.
- 15 States Pass the 40% Threshold for Rural Vaccinationson June 10, 2021 at 5:00 am
Analyzes COVID-19 vaccination rates in the U.S. as of June 7, 2021, finds that fifteen states have completely vaccinated 40 percent of their rural population. Includes an interactive map of county-level vaccination rates, a map of rural vaccination rates by state, and a chart depicting rural/urban percent of population completely vaccinated.
- Death Rates Are Rising Across Rural Americaon June 9, 2021 at 5:00 am
Summarizes research that found that the difference in rural and urban death rates tripled over the past 20 years. Discusses how limited access to care, behaviors that contribute to poor health, and the economic outlook in rural areas contribute to the mortality gap. Highlights the need to address health disparities between rural and urban residents and among different races.
- HRSA Awards Nearly $66 Million to Bolster the Nation's Behavioral Health Workforce for Underserved Communitieson June 9, 2021 at 5:00 am
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded $22 million in awards to 56 recipients as part of the Behavioral Health Workforce and Education Training (BHWET) Program for Professionals. Funding will aid recipient organizations in training graduate students in social work, psychology, and other behavioral and mental health disciplines to work with vulnerable populations, particularly youth at risk for behavioral health disorders.
- COVID Infections and Deaths Drop to Lowest Rates in a Yearon June 8, 2021 at 5:00 am
Analyzes COVID-19 infection rates between May 30-June 5, 2021. Finds that new infections and deaths in rural America have fallen to their lowest levels in a year. Includes an interactive map of COVID-19 infection rates by U.S. county and graphs detailing weekly rates of new deaths and infections since June 2020.
- CDC COVID-19 Study Shows mRNA Vaccines Reduce Risk of Infection by 91 Percent for Fully Vaccinated Peopleon June 7, 2021 at 5:00 am
Summarizes a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) study that found mRNA COVID-19 vaccines (Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna) reduce the risk of infection by 91 percent for fully vaccinated people. Additional findings indicated that those who became infected after being fully or partially vaccinated were more likely to have a milder and shorter illness.
- Millions of Americans Live in 'Care Deserts'—Here's What That Means and Why It's a Huge Problemon June 7, 2021 at 5:00 am
Discusses how many rural communities across the U.S. qualify as healthcare deserts, with 16 percent of Americans living 30 miles of more from a hospital. Describes the impact of rural hospital closures, health insurance gaps, and pharmacy deserts. Highlights resources and organizations working to close the healthcare gaps in rural communities.
- USDA to Invest $1 Billion to Purchase Healthy Food for Food Insecure Americans and Build Food Bank Capacityon June 4, 2021 at 5:00 am
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its investment of up to $1 billion in The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). $500 million will be used to purchase domestically produced food for state food bank networks, $400 million will support socially disadvantaged farmers, and $100 million aims to expand the reach of food assistance organizations into rural, remote, and low-income communities.
- With Roots in Civil Rights, Community Health Centers Push for Equity in the Pandemicon June 3, 2021 at 5:00 am
Explores the history of Delta Health Center, the country's first rural community health center, located in the Mississippi Delta. The health center began operations during the civil rights movement to provide accessible and affordable healthcare to all residents, of all races. Describes the impact of COVID-19 and highlights how Delta Health continues to improve health outcomes among rural Black residents.
- Rural Vaccination Rate Climbs by 1 Percentage Point in Last Weekon June 3, 2021 at 5:00 am
Analyzes rural and urban COVID-19 vaccination rates. Finds the rural vaccination rate increased by one percentage point to 31.1% as of June 1, 2021. Includes an interactive map of vaccination rates in all U.S. counties and a graph depicting the rural/urban percent of population completely vaccinated.
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
- The Complexities of Physician Supply and Demand: Projections From 2019 to 2034on June 11, 2021 at 7:49 pm
Projects future supply of active physicians by examining trends in key determinants and the sensitivity of supply projections to changes in determinants. Features statistics including projected demand for primary care or non-primary care specialties by urban or rural location, with breakdowns by 6 levels of population density. -- Association of American Medical Colleges
- 2021 Heart Disease & Stroke Statistical Update Fact Sheet: American Indian/Alaska Natives & Cardiovascular Diseaseson June 11, 2021 at 4:14 pm
Reports statistics on cardiovascular disease, coronary heart disease, stroke, and high blood pressure among American Indians and Alaska Natives. Includes data on smoking, physical inactivity, and diabetes. -- American Heart Association
- California: County Health Status Profiles 2021on June 11, 2021 at 3:53 pm
Reports on health status indicators recommended by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for monitoring state and local progress toward achieving Healthy People 2020 goals for the state of California. Includes county-specific information for cancer deaths, diabetes, sexually transmitted diseases, teenage pregnancy, and other health conditions. -- California Department of Public Health
- The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2015-2019 American Community Survey Chartbookon June 11, 2021 at 3:44 pm
State- and county-level information on population, age, race and ethnicity, housing occupancy, education, labor force, employment, income, health insurance coverage, disability, and veteran status, for the 13 Appalachian states. Features statistics with breakdowns by 5 levels of population density. -- Population Reference Bureau
- Arizona Health Workfore Profile: Critical Careon June 11, 2021 at 1:25 pm
Report presenting the distribution of critical care workforce and infrastructure, comparing rural and urban counties. Offers data by county and breaks down workforce by physicians, nurses, and respiratory therapists. -- Arizona Center for Rural Health
- A Primer for Multi-Sector Health Partnerships in Rural Areas and Small Citieson June 11, 2021 at 1:16 pm
Provides an overview of community-level investments in rural communities and small cities to support healthy lives through multi-sector efforts. Discusses the roles of healthcare, rural philanthropy, and community development organizations in supporting community health. Provides a toolbox that explores key terms, offers case studies, data sources, and links to national and local partners. -- Build Healthy Places Network
- Rural and Minority Health Research Center: Annual Report 2020on June 10, 2021 at 8:50 pm
Highlights research projects in areas including healthcare access, maternal and child health, health economics and policy, cancer prevention and control, and social determinants of health. Features statistics on hospital-based obstetric units from 2002-2013 with breakdowns by metropolitan, micropolitan, and noncore locations, social determinants of health in rural areas with breakdowns by race or ethnicity, adverse child experiences exposure with breakdowns by urban or rural location, and colorectal cancer incidence trends from 2000-2016 with breakdowns by urban and rural location. -- Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center)
- Healthy Behaviors Cost Analysis Reporton June 10, 2021 at 7:13 pm
Provides an overview of the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan (IHAWP) Healthy Behavior Incentive (HBI) Program. Examines the relationship between completion of HBI activities and healthcare costs. -- University of Iowa Public Policy Center
- Healthy Behaviors Claims-Based Report #3 and HRA Completion Reporton June 10, 2021 at 7:02 pm
Provides an overview of the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan (IHAWP) Healthy Behavior Incentive (HBI) Program. Presents data on completion rates for wellness exams, health risk assessments, or both activities among IHAWP members during the first three years of the program. -- University of Iowa Public Policy Center
- Healthy Behaviors Claims-Based Outcomes Report #3 and Healthy Behaviors Modeling Report #2on June 10, 2021 at 6:45 pm
Provides an overview of the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan (IHAWP), which expands coverage for low-income Iowans through two programs - the Marketplace Choice and the Wellness Plan - and the Healthy Behaviors Incentive program. Explores the relationship between the completion of health behaviors and healthcare utilization. -- University of Iowa Public Policy Center