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Central Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency – Swift River Rural Training Track
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Spokane Teaching Health Center
Family Medicine Residency of Idaho
Oregon Health & Science University-Cascades East Family Medicine Residency
Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana
Providence Oregon Family Medicine Hood River Rural Training Program
Hidalgo Medical Services Family Medicine Residency Program
Wayne County Hospital RESST Program
UND Bismarck/Center for Family Medicine-Hettinger RTT & UND Minot/Williston Medical Center-Rural Residency
Wisconsin Rural Physician Residency Assistance Program
University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson Family Medicine Residency

Featured News Story

New Scholarly Intensive Page is Live!

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Hosted by the RTTC and supported by Rural PREP with funding by HRSA
Save the Date: 12 Noon to 4 PM Eastern both days with optional hour 4:00 to 5:00 PM on Friday

To support a community of practice in rural health professions’ education and training program scholarship, The RTT Collaborative is establishing an Annual Scholarly Intensive for Rural Programs, beginning with this inaugural event online.

Join other health professions educators from rural training programs around the nation, to achieve the following:

  1. Increase the number and variety of scholarly publications, presentations and posters from programs,
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Latest News

News stories via the Rural Health Information Hub News stories of interest to rural health, with information provided via the Rural Health Information Hub

  • Telehealth May Be Here to Stay
    on December 1, 2021 at 6:00 am

    Discusses the increase in telehealth use during the COVID-19 pandemic and state-level efforts to further extend telehealth policies or make those changes permanent. Describes concerns about barriers to using telehealth among populations with less access to broadband internet, including rural populations, and highlights the perspectives of providers in Oklahoma and North Carolina.

  • USDA Grants to Address Stress for Farmers, Ranchers, Ag Sector Workers
    on December 1, 2021 at 6:00 am

    Announces funding awards through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to 50 stress assistance programs to support agricultural workers. Highlights the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and related market fluctuations on the mental health of agricultural workers and efforts to assist rural communities and farm and ranch families.

  • 30 Day Countdown - RHC COVID-19 Testing (RHC CT) Program Funds
    on November 30, 2021 at 6:00 am

    Offers a reminder that Rural Health Clinic COVID-19 Testing (RHC CT) Program funds must be expended by December 31, 2021. Provides information on the RHC CT program and contact information for technical assistance from the National Association of Rural Health Clinics.

  • 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.

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

  • Rural Urban Variation in Travel Burdens for Care: Findings from the 2017 National Household Travel Survey
    on December 3, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Details a study comparing the travel burden to access medical and dental care for rural and urban communities. Breaks down data by miles traveled, means of transportation, and rural versus urban status, among other measures. -- Southwest Rural Health Research Center

  • Medicare Beneficiaries' Use of Telehealth in 2020: Trends by Beneficiary Characteristics and Location
    on December 3, 2021 at 7:30 pm

    Report examining telehealth visits by Medicare beneficiaries in 2020 that compares urban and rural residence and breaks down data by visit location, race/ethnicity, visit specialty, and by state, with comparisons to 2019 data. Data drawn from Medicare FFS Part B outpatient and carrier claims submitted between January and December 2020 and the same period in 2019. -- HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation

  • Rural Counties Losing All Types of Grocery Stores Except National Chains
    on December 3, 2021 at 3:51 pm

    Line chart showing the change in numbers and types of grocery stores in rural counties between 1990 and 2015, representing national chains, regional chains, local chains, and single location retailers. -- USDA Economic Research Service

  • Research Brief: LGBTQ Youth in Small Towns and Rural Areas
    on December 3, 2021 at 3:29 pm

    Reports findings of a national survey of LGBTQ youth comparing urban and rural responses related to mental health, risk of depression, and considered or attempted suicide. Discusses reported acceptance of LGBTQ people in different levels of urbanicity. -- The Trevor Project

  • Fixed Broadband Deployment
    on December 2, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Mapping tool offering a visualization of fixed broadband deployment based on FCC Form 477 data collected in June and December each year. Provides census-block level estimates, county-level data, and is searchable by address or location. Offers service provider details and area comparisons. -- Federal Communications Commission

  • Broadband Data Collection
    on December 2, 2021 at 6:43 pm

    Offers broadband tools and resources, including presentations, fact sheets, data, reports, and mobile broadband maps. Aims to provide up-to-date information on the availability of mobile and fixed broadband services to inform service provider and government decisions concerning the expansion of broadband. -- Federal Communications Commission

  • Incidence of Nonfatal Traumatic Brain Injury–Related Hospitalizations — United States, 2018
    on December 2, 2021 at 6:06 pm

    Examines nonfatal traumatic brain injury-related hospitalizations. Includes data by location of patient residence for metropolitan, micropolitan, and noncore (nonmetro) areas. -- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Q&A on RHC COVID-19 Testing & Testing and Mitigation Programs
    on December 1, 2021 at 4:33 pm

    Recording of a November 30, 2021, webinar answering questions regarding the Rural Health Clinic COVID-19 Testing funding and discussing the close-out procedures for the program. Part of the Rural Health Clinic Technical Assistance Series. -- National Association of Rural Health Clinics

  • Understanding and Addressing Social Determinants of Health: Opportunities to Improve Health Outcomes - A Guide for Rural Health Care Leaders
    on December 1, 2021 at 3:55 pm

    Provides an overview of knowledge, strategies, and resources regarding the impact of social determinants of health on patients and communities. Serves as a resource for rural healthcare leaders to lead and support the education of front-line staff and discussions on addressing social determinants of health. Focuses on understanding the needs and opportunities to address social determinants of health, using local data to support decision-making, and involving team members to plan and implement action steps. -- Rural Health Value

  • Consistent SNAP Participation Increases Preventative Health Care Visits for Infants
    on December 1, 2021 at 3:19 pm

    Examines the connection between Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation and preventive care in an infant's first year of life. Uses data from a survey covering 51,551 first-born children of low-income mothers, ages 18 and older, who participated in SNAP and Medicaid in Missouri between 2006-2014. Features statistics including race and urban or rural residence. -- Center for Aging and Policy Studies, Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion