Biden-Harris Administration Invests $74 Million to Improve Health Care for People Living in 37 States, Guam and Puerto Rico
Announces $74 million in USDA grants to 143 rural healthcare organizations, including $32 million for rural healthcare organizations serving socially vulnerable communities. Highlights examples of funded projects and upgrades in Georgia, North Dakota, and Texas, and offers an overview of the Emergency Rural Health Care Grants program. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - August 11, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS Invests Nearly $60 Million to Strengthen Health Care Workforce and Improve Access to Care in Rural Communities
Announces nearly $60 million in funding to support rural health workforce growth and access to quality healthcare. Provides an overview of the funded efforts in healthcare job development, training, and placement, as well as funding for new rural medical residency programs and a $1 million award to 3 organizations working to increase access to healthcare for rural veterans. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - August 8, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

A Proclamation on National Health Center Week, 2022
Announces a presidential proclamation of the week of August 7-13 as National Health Center Week, highlighting the work of community health centers to increase access to medical care and public health services in underserved and rural areas. Describes federal investments in the Health Center Program. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - August 5, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

The US Mental Health Hotline Network Is Expanding, but Rural Areas Still Face Care Shortages
Describes the challenges facing largely rural states and rural counties as the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline rolls out the 988 phone number, which will take calls for behavioral health crises and connect callers to services, if needed. Notes that many rural counties rely on law enforcement to respond to crisis calls and that many rural callers may be required to travel to access mental health services. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 28, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

American Institute of Dental Public Health Rural Oral Health ECHO Call for Case Presentations
The American Institute of Dental Public Health (AIDPH) is accepting submissions for case presentations for the Rural Oral Health ECHO Hub. Monthly sessions focus on emerging topics in rural health in collaboration with, and supported by subject matter expertise from partners at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, CareQuest Institute for Oral Health, Oral Health Progress and Equity Network, and the National Rural Health Association. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 26, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Inflation is Crushing Rural America and May Even Drive People to the Cities
Reports on an Iowa State University study which found that in the past year expenses for rural Americans increased by 9.2% while their earnings increased by only 2.5%. Describes the effect that higher fuel prices have had on rural people, due to longer distances traveled for work, school, healthcare, and shopping for daily necessities, and the possibility that for this reason some might choose to move closer to larger cities. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 25, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

House Members Ask HHS to Clarify Enforcement Plans for 96-hour Rule
Reports on a request by a bipartisan group of House of Representatives members for Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Xavier Becerra to clarify by Sept. 9 whether and how the Administration plans to enforce the Medicare 96-hour payment rule and condition of participation for Critical Access Hospitals when the COVID-19 public health emergency ends. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 22, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Northern Navajo Medical Center Delivers Care Directly to Patients Experiencing Homelessness
Features the work of Sih Hasin, a street medicine mobile healthcare program operated by the Northern Navajo Medical Center in Shiprock, New Mexico to serve individuals experiencing homelessness across the Navajo Nation reservation. Notes that the program is the first in a rural area and the first in a reservation setting. Describes the services that the program offers and includes a video documenting the program. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 21, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

There Aren't Nearly Enough Native American Physicians. A Crash Course in Medicine Seeks to Change That
Highlights a 3-week program for Native American students and graduates of tribal and community colleges to shadow physicians and train at Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women's Hospital. Describes the need for Native American physicians in rural tribal communities and the aims of the program to offer a pipeline to medical school and healthcare careers. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 21, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Nurse Midwives Step Up to Provide Prenatal Care After Two Rural Hospitals Shutter Birthing Centers
Highlights the work of rural nurse midwives to support prenatal care access in Iowa, noting issues for one pregnant woman related to reliable transportation to the remaining open birthing unit in her area and the impact of transportation on her delivery options. Describes a pilot project through the University of Iowa that utilizes a midwife team, serving more than 500 patients in the surrounding rural area. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 15, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rural Hospital Rescue Program is Met with Skepticism from Administrators
Describes reactions to the new Rural Emergency Hospital program among administrators of small rural hospitals, noting concerns about whether funding under the program will be adequate to support the financial needs of struggling hospitals and about the use of swing beds under the model. Discusses the background and development of the designation and the timeline for the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) to launch the program. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 13, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rural Infection Rate Climbs for Third Consecutive Week
Reports county-level data on COVID-19 infection during the week of July 5-11, noting a 20% growth in rural infections compared to a 9% metro increase. Offers a county-level data map and charts of infection and mortality trends. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 13, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rural Hospital Rescue Program is Met with Skepticism from Administrators
Describes reactions to the new Rural Emergency Hospital program among administrators of small rural hospitals, noting concerns about whether funding under the program will be adequate to support the financial needs of struggling hospitals and about the use of swing beds under the model. Discusses the background and development of the designation and the timeline for the Centers for Medicare& Medicaid Services (CMS) to launch the program. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 13, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

The Search for Scarce Formula Is Worse for Rural Families on WIC
Describes the challenges facing rural families in the Special Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) finding and purchasing infant formula during the nationwide shortage. Highlights the experience of a mother living near the state border in Wisconsin and challenges for mothers in Minnesota. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 8, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

How Telehealth Can Help Bridge Pediatric Mental Healthcare Gaps
Discusses telehealth responses to the increasing mental health crisis among children, adolescents, and young adults, including strategies to address workforce and access issues by connecting rural mental health clinics and schools with child psychiatrists. Highlights state-level initiatives in Texas, and notes additional issues related to broadband access, internet connectivity, and telehealth policy flexibilities. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - July 1, 2022 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news