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Registration is now open for The RTT Collaborative Annual Meeting online. This interactive meeting is scheduled for April 7-9 and is hosted by our participating program in Tyler and Pittsburg, TX. The theme is “Rethinking the Pipeline to Rural Practice.” For more details, visit the meeting page at: https://rttcollaborative.net/meetings/annual-meeting/
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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
- Biden Administration Unveils National Vaccine Strategyon January 21, 2021 at 6:00 am
Blog highlights the national COVID-19 vaccination strategy unveiled by President Biden and his administration, which seeks to address challenges faced by local governments in distributing the vaccine. Summarizes actions to increase supply of vaccinations, leverage federal resources to create local vaccination sites, mobilize additional personnel, and launch a public education campaign.
- Methamphetamine Overdose Deaths Rise Sharply Nationwideon January 21, 2021 at 6:00 am
Summarizes a study that revealed a rise in methamphetamine overdose rates in the U.S., with the highest death rates among American Indians and Alaska Natives. Discusses how there are currently no FDA-approved medications to treat methamphetamine use disorder and recommends leveraging traditions and culturally appropriate interventions to promote resilience and prevent drug use.
- USDA Implements Immediate Measures to Help Rural Residents, Businesses and Communities Affected by COVID-19on January 21, 2021 at 6:00 am
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has taken actions to help rural communities and businesses affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Provides a list of opportunities for immediate relief, including the Rural Housing, Rural Utilities, and Rural Business-Cooperative Services. Items with an asterisk are new or updated as of January 21, 2021.
- Share Your Community's COVID-19 Innovations Addressing Vaccine Hesitancyon January 20, 2021 at 6:00 am
The Rural Health Information Hub is requesting examples of rural communities and healthcare providers that are addressing vaccine hesitancy or innovating to provide COVID-19 vaccinations. Examples may be included in the Rural COVID-19 Innovations collection.
- Biden Administration Announces Foreclosure Moratorium and Mortgage Forbearance Deadline Extension That Will Bring Relief to Rural Residentson January 20, 2021 at 6:00 am
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an extension of eviction and foreclosure moratoriums on USDA Single Family Housing Direct and Guaranteed loans (SFHDLP and SFHGLP) through March 31, 2021. Discusses how these actions will bring relief to residents in rural America during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
- Rural Clinics Take on Tough Task of Distributing COVID-19 Vaccineon January 20, 2021 at 6:00 am
Video features rural healthcare facilities in Montana and Texas and their efforts to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine in their communities. Describes several challenges to distribution in frontier communities, including the shortage of healthcare workers, long distances to travel, and vaccine storage requirements.
- With Fewer Resources, Rural America Tackles Vaccine Distributionon January 20, 2021 at 6:00 am
Discusses the challenges faced by rural clinics to distribute COVID-19 vaccinations in their rural communities. Describes efforts to overcome the challenges, such as storage requirements, the lack of pharmacies and major medical centers, vaccine hesitation, and stretched resources.
- OMB: Recommendations From the Metropolitan and Micropolitan Statistical Area Standards Review Committee to the Office of Management and...on January 19, 2021 at 6:00 am
The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is seeking comments on recommended changes to OMB's metropolitan and micropolitan statistical area standards, which determine the procedures for delineating and updating the statistical areas when new data becomes available. Recommendations include increasing the minimum urban area population to qualify as a metropolitan statistical area from 50,000 to 100,000. Recommendations and supplemental materials are located at regulations.gov. Comments are due within 60 days of this notice.
- AHA Names Rural Hospital Leadership Award Winner and Finaliston January 19, 2021 at 6:00 am
The American Hospital Association (AHA) announced Southwestern Vermont Medical Center (SVMC) in Bennington, Vermont, as the 2020 recipient of the Rural Hospital Leadership Award and recognized Titusville Area Hospital in Pennsylvania, as a finalist. Highlights how the two health systems innovate to meet the needs of their communities.
- HHS Awards $90 Million to Support Health Centers in Addressing Hypertension Among Racial and Ethnic Minoritieson January 19, 2021 at 6:00 am
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) awarded nearly $90 million in funding to 496 health centers across 48 states, the District of Columbia, Federated States of Micronesia, Puerto Rico, Palau, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Funding aims to address hypertension, improve heart health, and reduce disparities in COVID-19 outcomes among racial and ethnic minority communities.
- Rural Vaccine Access Varies Widely, Sources Sayon January 19, 2021 at 6:00 am
Explores COVID-19 vaccination distribution in rural areas across the country, describes how the lack of a database makes it difficult to track progress and identify areas that need help. While rural Texas hospitals struggle to get ahold of the vaccines, some rural areas in Washington are ahead of the curve and waiting for the rest of the state to catch up.
- Rural Death Toll Passes 60,000; New Infections Declineon January 19, 2021 at 6:00 am
Analyzes new COVID-19 infection rates between January 10-16, 2021, finds that new infections declined in rural counties, but the cumulative rural death toll surpassed 60,000. Includes county-level data identifying areas in the red zone with infections of 100 or more per 100,000 residents.
- FCC Annual Broadband Deployment Report Shows Digital Divide Is Rapidly Closingon January 19, 2021 at 6:00 am
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released its annual Broadband Deployment Report which shows that the gap between urban and rural Americans with access to 25/3 Mbps fixed broadband service has been nearly halved. Discusses how the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund continues to improve access to broadband in rural America.
- HHS Announces Provider Relief Fund Reporting Updateon January 15, 2021 at 6:00 am
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced it will be amending the reporting timeline for the Provider Relief Fund Program (PRF) due to the recent passage of the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act. PRF recipients may begin registering for gateway access to the Reporting Portal, but will not have to submit reporting requirements on their use of funds until a later date.
- FCC Announces Initial Projects Selected for Connected Care Pilot Programon January 15, 2021 at 6:00 am
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced an initial set of 14 pilot projects in 11 states that have been selected for the Connected Care Pilot Program. Funding of $100 million over a three-year period will provide connected care services, with a particular emphasis on providing care to low-income and veteran patients in both rural and urban areas.
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
- Physician Density by Specialty Type in Urban and Rural Counties in the US, 2010 to 2017on January 25, 2021 at 3:17 pm
Examines trends in physician density in rural and urban counties among primary care physicians, medical specialists, surgical specialists, or other specialists. Features statistics with breakdowns by large metropolitan, medium or small metropolitan, or rural counties.
- Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model Payment Webinar: Community Transformation Trackon January 22, 2021 at 7:35 pm
Presentation slides from a January 21, 2021, webinar on Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model Community Transformation Track. Discusses the track's key concepts and payment policies as well as how capitated payments will be calculated throughout the duration of the model. -- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
- Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model Notice of Funding Opportunity: Application Support Webinaron January 22, 2021 at 7:28 pm
Recording of a December 3, 2020, webinar providing an overview of the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model application submission and award selection process. -- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
- Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model Office Hour Session: Community Transformation Trackon January 22, 2021 at 7:09 pm
Recording of an October 27, 2020, webinar responding to frequently asked questions regarding the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model Transformation Track. Provides an overview of the model, including the application timeline, eligibility, payment, benefit enhancements, overlap between tracks, and Medicaid participation. -- Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
- Measurement of American Indian and Alaska Native Racial Identity Among Medical School Applicants, Matriculants, and Graduates, 1996-2017on January 22, 2021 at 5:50 pm
Presents a study on whether a 2002 change in the way the American Medical College Application System (AMCAS) tracks race/ethnicity data accurately represents medical school applicants, matriculants, and graduates who self-identify as American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN). Discusses the change in AMCAS' data collection around race and ethnicity for medical students and examines data from a cohort of AI/AN applicants and graduates from 1996-2017.
- Pennsylvania Municipal Officials' Views on COVID-19 Vaccine and Pennsylvania's Response to the Pandemicon January 22, 2021 at 5:48 pm
Results of an email survey of 1,009 elected officials, to gather information about their attitudes toward vaccines and the Pennsylvania state government's response to COVID-19. Features statistics on the percentages of officials likely to get vaccinated, who felt the state's response had been effective, and who had recently attended municipal meetings in virtual, in-person, or hybrid formats, with breakdowns by rural or urban location. -- Center for Rural Pennsylvania
- Program Implementation and Church Members' Health Behaviors in a Countywide Study of the Faith, Activity, and Nutrition Programon January 22, 2021 at 5:40 pm
Analyzes relationships between Faith, Activity, and Nutrition (FAN) program implementation and physical activity, fruit and vegetable consumption, and self-efficacy for improving these behaviors among church members in a southeastern, medically underserved county in a rural area. Features data and statistics on participants' health behaviors and self-efficacy at baseline and at a 12-month follow-up.
- Telehealth After COVID-19: Clarifying Policy Goals for a Way Forwardon January 22, 2021 at 3:45 pm
Examines how telehealth may be used to improve healthcare quality, reduce costs, improve access to care, and meet other policy objections. Presents recommendations for telehealth policy after the COVID-19 pandemic. -- RAND Corporation
- National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparednesson January 21, 2021 at 8:55 pm
A roadmap for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and coordinating the national response across all federal departments and agencies. Centered around seven goals addressing mitigation, vaccination, and other key areas. Goal 6 focuses on protecting those most at risk and advancing equity across racial, ethnic, and rural/urban lines. Includes information on rural and tribal issues throughout, including addressing vaccine hesitancy and access to vaccines in hard-to-reach communities. -- The White House
- Medicare Covers a Lower Percentage of Outpatient Costs in Hospitals Located in Rural Areason January 21, 2021 at 6:05 pm
Research brief comparing Medicare Outpatient Prospective Payment System (OPPS) payments in rural and urban hospitals. Organizes differences in payment percentage by Medicare payment classification and hospital size by acute bed numbers. Comparisons reflect data for all acute care short-term hospitals, not including those exempt from OPPS. -- North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
- Rural Hospital Closures: Affected Residents Had Reduced Access to Health Care Serviceson January 21, 2021 at 4:38 pm
Examines the effects of rural hospital closures on rural residents. Discusses the distance residents in the service areas of closed facilities had to travel to access common healthcare services between 2012 and 2018, as well as the availability of providers over time. Compares the health status of Medicare beneficiaries in services areas with and without hospital closures. -- Government Accountability Office
- Barriers to Health Care Access for Rural Medicare Beneficiaries: Recommendations from Rural Health Clinicson January 21, 2021 at 4:15 pm
Presents findings from an online survey of Rural Health Clinics, describing barriers for Medicare patients in accessing healthcare services. Includes recommendations for improving access to care for rural Medicare beneficiaries. -- University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
- The Complexities of Selling Fruits and Vegetables in Remote Navajo Nation Retail Outlets: Perspectives from Owners and Managers of Small...on January 21, 2021 at 3:35 pm
Highlights an examination of access to fruit and vegetables in small rural stores across the Navajo Nation in New Mexico. Details a survey of several small stores scattered throughout the Navajo Nation and discusses the food options in these rural stores.
- Child Maltreatment 2019on January 20, 2021 at 9:24 pm
Reports on rates of children receiving child protective services, children who died of abuse and neglect, and children who are victims of maltreatment using data collected from the National Child Abuse and Neglect Data System (NCANDS). Offers information on availability and access to child protective services at the state and territory level, including how some counties respond to child abuse and neglect screenings, referrals, and the provision of services. -- Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
- Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation: Taking a Leadership Role and Building Truston January 20, 2021 at 8:11 pm
An interview with Kim Barber Tieman, program director for health and human services for the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, sharing how the foundation has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses efforts to help West Virginia organizations navigate and apply for federal funding opportunities, support for mobile COVID testing units to better reach communities of color, support for telehealth infrastructure, and a wide range of other activities to help meet the needs of the vulnerable and disenfranchised. -- Rural Health Information Hub