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The RTT Collaborative March Newsletter is now available!
This newsletter includes announcements regarding the RTT Collaborative’s Annual Meeting, the Rural Rookie Doc, new board member, new board member representatives, and the new section on our website dedicated to consultative services and technical assistance.
Some newsletter highlights include:
- RTT Collaborative’s 2021 Annual Meeting Announcements
- Photo Contest Winners (spoiler: there are llama’s!)
- New Board Member Q&A with Dr. Keri Bergeson
- New Resident Board Representative Q&A with Kaily Baer, MD
- New Student Board Representative Q&A with Araminta Ray
- A participating medical program highlight in Fort Worth, TX
- A participating residency program highlight in Pittsburg, TX
- RRPD Updates and Webinars
- Rural PREP’s New ...
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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 Americans in Pharmacy Deserts Hurting for COVID Vaccineson March 3, 2021 at 6:00 am
Discusses how rural counties, mostly between the Mississippi River and the Rocky Mountains, have few pharmacies that can give COVID-19 vaccines, which threatens to prolong the pandemic in many hard-hit rural regions. Without independent pharmacies, health departments may be overwhelmed as the vaccine is opened to the public and the demand increases.
- Rural Vaccination Rates Vary, and Data Is Hard to Come Byon March 2, 2021 at 6:00 am
Analyzes COVID-19 vaccination rates in rural America, finds that in 17 of 24 states analyzed, the rate of people who have received their first dose shot in rural areas is as good or better than the rate in metropolitan areas. Discusses potential advantages for increased distribution in rural areas, including fewer competing systems, smaller populations, and close relationships.
- COVID-19 Improvement Levels off after Weeks of Lower Rural Infection Rateson March 2, 2021 at 6:00 am
Analyzes new COVID-19 infection rates by county between February 21-27, 2021, finding a plateau in improvement in rural counties and a slight increase in new cases in metropolitan counties. Discusses how the extreme weather in the south could potentially skew data reporting. Includes data on COVID-related deaths and additional findings.
- Workforce Development After COVID-19on March 2, 2021 at 6:00 am
Blog post highlights questions rural hospitals should explore to transform traditional approaches to workforce development after the COVID-19 pandemic. Recommends organizations look to online workforce development initiatives and consider different types of programs, program design and development, and program incentives for students.
- FDA Issues Emergency Use Authorization for Third COVID-19 Vaccineon February 27, 2021 at 6:00 am
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) issued an emergency use authorization (EUA) allowing the Janssen COVID-19 vaccine to be distributed in the U.S for use in individuals 18 years of age and older. The third vaccine is administered as a single dose and the authorization of its use expands the availability of vaccines to combat COVID-19.
- KFF COVID-19 Vaccine Monitor: February 2021on February 26, 2021 at 6:00 am
Summarizes research that tracks public attitude and experience with COVID-19 vaccinations as of February 2021. Key findings report that 55% of U.S. adults either have received at least one dose of the vaccine or say they will get it as soon as possible. Describes COVID-19 vaccine enthusiasm by age, rurality, and race and ethnicity, as well as other demographics.
- USDA Invests $42 Million in Distance Learning and Telemedicine Infrastructure to Improve Education and Health Outcomeson February 25, 2021 at 6:00 am
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced its investment of $42.3 million to help rural residents gain access to healthcare and educational opportunities. Funding is provided to 86 projects through the Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program and will help bolster remote access to healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic.
- Rural Death Rate from COVID-19 Falls by a Thirdon February 23, 2021 at 6:00 am
Analyzes new COVID-19 infection and death rates between February 14-20, 2021 and finds that the number of COVID-related deaths in rural America dropped by a third, the most significant decline in the rural death rate in more than a month. Additionally, the rate of new infections last week fell by about 30 percent in both metropolitan and rural counties.
- Data-Driven Initiative Drives Down Disparities in Rural Health Careon February 23, 2021 at 6:00 am
Features OSF Healthcare's Health Equities Action Lab (HEAL) which employed a data-driven strategy to address breast cancer disparity outcomes among its Illinois patients, 65 percent of whom live in rural areas. Explores their research which examined data on race and income and identified disparities across all OSF counties. Highlights interventions designed to increase access to mammography services in vulnerable populations.
- To Vaccinate Veterans, Health Care Workers Must Cross Mountains, Plains and Tundraon February 19, 2021 at 6:00 am
Highlights efforts by healthcare workers to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine to veterans in rural and hard-to-reach areas across the country. The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) sent doses by plane to rural Montana and partnered with tribal healthcare organizations to reach veterans in rural Alaska.
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
- Social Isolation and Loneliness in Rural Communities and the Role of Cross-sector Partnershipson March 5, 2021 at 7:51 pm
Discusses social isolation and loneliness in rural communities and obstacles to address these issues. Profiles how two Minnesota communities took steps to improve accessibility and social cohesion. Describes how cross-sector partnerships can promote an equitable recovery of rural communities after the COVID-19 pandemic. -- Build Healthy Places Network
- Congress Establishes New Medicare Provider Category and Reimbursement for Rural Emergency Hospitalson March 5, 2021 at 4:15 pm
Provides an overview of the Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) provider designation established in the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. Discusses provider eligibility criteria, REH requirements and permitted services, and Medicare reimbursement. Highlights key questions that need to be addressed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
- An Emergent Network for the Diffusion of Innovations Among Local Health Departments at the Onset of the COVID-19 Pandemicon March 5, 2021 at 3:48 pm
Study examining communication networks among 329 local health departments as a way to assess the impacts of communication networks on community health innovation. Analyzes data from surveys of local health department leadership, comparing responses form leaders in urban and rural areas. Discusses the sharing of information about new public health initiatives, policies, and evidence-based practices.
- Change in U.S. Employment from 12 Months Earlier in Metro and Nonmetro areas, January 2019 to December 2020on March 4, 2021 at 7:51 pm
Line chart showing the change in employment compared to 12 months earlier, for metropolitan and nonmetro areas. -- USDA Economic Research Service
- The Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021: Broadband Provisions - In Briefon March 4, 2021 at 5:23 pm
Provides an overview of broadband-related provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2021. Discusses the COVID-19 Telehealth Program and the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. Highlights new grant programs to support broadband connectivity on tribal lands and broadband infrastructure deployment to areas lacking broadband. -- Congressional Research Service
- Delaware Medically Underserved Areas/Populationson March 4, 2021 at 4:57 pm
County-level map of Delaware showing designated Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs) and Medically Underserved Populations (MUPs). -- Delaware Health Statistics Center
- Partnering to Improve Birth Outcomes in a Rural Communityon March 4, 2021 at 4:12 pm
Highlights the Pioneer Baby program, a partnership between Kearny County Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital in rural Lakin, Kansas, with the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita. Discusses how funding from grants and local employers enhanced the obstetrics program. Describes how the partnership worked to improve pregnancy and birth outcomes and presents lessons learned. -- American Hospital Association
- CAH Partnerships during the COVID-19 Pandemicon March 4, 2021 at 3:37 pm
Presents findings from a survey of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in eight states on how they partnered with communities and public health agencies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses the type of support CAHs received from their State Flex Program (SFP). -- Flex Monitoring Team
- Sources of Insurance Coverage in Nonmetropolitan Areas: The Role of Public and Private Insurance Since 2009on March 4, 2021 at 3:03 pm
Describes regional variation in insurance coverage rates, using the American Community Survey 5-year estimates from 2009-2013 and 2013-2017 to compare types of health insurance coverage for people less than 65 years of age. Features statistics including share of nonmetropolitan nonelderly population per region, health insurance rates for nonelderly with breakdowns by metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, and source of health insurance for nonelderly by region. -- RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
- 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs)on March 3, 2021 at 10:55 pm
Highlights data from the 2019 National Survey on Drug Use and Health pertaining specifically to American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). Compares AI/AN rates of drug use and mental illness, as well as co-occurring disorders, to rates for the U.S. as a whole. -- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration