RTTC 2022 Annual Meeting

Details & Registration

Video courtesy of Rural PREP, a grant-funded affiliate of the RTT Collaborative.

Our Participating Programs and Sponsors

Ohio University HCOM
Central Maine Medical Center Family Medicine Residency – Swift River Rural Training Track
Colorado Family Medicine Residencies
Ohio University RUSP
Cahaba Medical Care
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

December 2021 Newsletter Now Available

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Some newsletter highlights include: 

  • RTT Collaborative Annual Photo Contest information
  • 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

Check out the full newsletter here: December 2021 Newsletter.pdf (2 MB pdf)

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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

  • Rural Counties Break Record for Most Covid-19 Infections in a Single Week
    on 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 Say
    on 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 Areas
    on 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 Technology
    on 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 Health
    on 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 Facility
    on 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.

  • Limits on Virtual Addiction Treatment May Soon Return, Making Care Harder to Access
    on December 30, 2021 at 6:00 am

    Describes the increased access to opioid addiction treatment through telehealth because of temporary regulatory changes, highlighting the perspectives and concerns of clinicians and patients. Notes the expansion of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic and the benefits and challenges of virtual-only care.

  • COVID-19 Surges Spark Chain Reactions that Strain US Hospitals Everywhere
    on December 28, 2021 at 6:00 am

    Describes the impacts of overwhelmed hospitals on emergency care and specialty care access in rural areas, noting that rural communities may be at greater risk to the omicron variant of COVID-19 and that large hospitals may limit transfers to preserve their capacity. Highlights policy efforts to support areas experiencing healthcare workforce shortages and other strategies to reduce strain on hospitals.

  • CMS: Medicare Program; Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals; Changes to Medicare Graduate Medical...
    on December 27, 2021 at 6:00 am

    Notice of final rule with comment period from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) finalizing provisions of the fiscal year 2022 Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) final rule related to Medicare graduate medical education (GME) for teaching hospitals and Medicare organ acquisition payment policies. This rule includes policies to distribute 1,000 new Medicare-funded physician residency slots to qualifying hospitals. This rule is effective February 25, 2022. Comments are due by February 25, 2022.

  • Rural Infection Rate Falls to Level of Metropolitan Rate for First Time in Two Months
    on December 23, 2021 at 6:00 am

    Reports on rates of COVID-19 infection and mortality in rural and urban areas for the week of December 12-18, noting that rural infections fell during the week while rates climbed in metro areas. Offers 2-week comparisons of cases in metro and rural areas, a county-level data map, and rural/urban comparisons over time.

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

  • Chickaloon Native Village Preserves Sovereignty and Culture for an Expansive Vision of Health
    on January 14, 2022 at 8:27 pm

    Highlights the work of the Chickaloon Native Village in Alaska, a recipient of the 2020-2021 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize, to provide education and health services through a tribally owned school and various initiatives that support families and population health. -- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

  • Mississippi Delta Town Makes Way for Hope—and Better Health
    on January 14, 2022 at 8:22 pm

    Describes efforts to revitalize the rural Delta community of Drew, Mississippi, a recipient of the 2020-2021 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health prize. Discusses the work of community organizations to address persistent poverty, create safe housing, improve public spaces, and increase access to healthcare through mobile clinics. -- Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

  • Defining "Rural" for the Study on Human Services Programs in Rural Contexts
    on January 14, 2022 at 7:35 pm

    Report describing the impacts of rural definitions on research design and methods for a study of human services delivery in rural areas. Addresses U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural-Urban Continuum Codes, rural regions, and the limitations of certain definitions. -- 2M Research, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Urban Institute

  • Human Services Programs in Rural Contexts: Mixed Methods Analysis, Integration, and Triangulation Plan
    on January 14, 2022 at 7:24 pm

    Analysis plan outlining the research design and methodology of a study of human services delivery in rural areas funded by the the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in collaboration with the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). Covers stakeholder engagement, research questions and qualitative data collection, data analysis, and integration of findings. -- 2M Research, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Urban Institute

  • Native Health in the Bemidji Area - COVID-19 in Nursing Homes
    on January 14, 2022 at 6:31 pm

    Report details the impact of COVID-19 on tribal nursing homes in the Bemidji Area IHS Region which includes Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. Highlights a breakdown of COVID-19 cases, deaths, and fatality rate for American Indian elders by state. -- The Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Epidemiology Center

  • Lessons from the Fields: Farmworker Communities Confronting COVID-19
    on January 14, 2022 at 5:54 pm

    Describes the impact of COVID-19 on farmworker communities. Discusses barriers to preventive measures and healthcare, including lack of workplace prevention measures, testing and vaccines, and inadequate access to accurate and culturally appropriate information. Highlights cross-sector partnerships and best practices to support workers and their families during the pandemic. -- Farmworker Justice Fund, Inc.

  • Less Internet Access Available for Rural Residents in Counties with Persistent Poverty in the U.S. Deep South and Southwest
    on January 14, 2022 at 3:16 pm

    County-level map depicting internet availability and persistent poverty counties, distinguishing rural and urban counties. Chart based on USDA Economic Research Service calculations and Federal Communications Commission Form 477 Broadband Deployment data. -- USDA Economic Research Service

  • Evaluation of State-Led Surveillance of Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome — Six U.S. States, 2018–2021
    on January 13, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    Examines data collection challenges and infrastructure gaps that impact surveillance of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS), based on information from six states with mandated NAS reporting. Includes brief discussion of rural concerns, including disparities in the incidence of opioid use disorder and NAS and gaps in rural infrastructure and access to care. -- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

  • Benefits of a Telehealth Approach to Treating Mental Illness among Veterans in Rural Settings
    on January 13, 2022 at 7:43 pm

    Details a study on the VA's use of telemedicine to provide mental healthcare to rural veterans. Focuses on underserved veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), especially women with military sexual trauma (MST). Includes feedback from veterans on their experience with tele-mental health treatment. -- VA Health Services Research & Development Service

  • Veterans Community Care Program: VA Should Strengthen Its Ability to Identify Ineligible Health Care Providers
    on January 13, 2022 at 7:36 pm

    Examines the extent to which vulnerabilities in Veterans Community Care Program eligibility requirements contribute to potentially ineligible providers participating in the program. Offers recommendations to the Veterans Administration to enhance provider eligibility controls and oversight. -- Government Accountability Office