HRSA's November 20th Virtual Job Fair for Rural Communities
In celebration ofNational Rural Health Day, the Health Resources and Services Administration is hosting a Virtual Job Fair specifically for health care facilities serving rural communities on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 from 7:00 – 10:15 p.m. Eastern. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 23, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

National Rural Health Day, November 21, 2019
Includes a list of events for the week of National Rural Health Day (November 18 – November 21) from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP). Events include a National Institutes of Health (NIH) seminar, various webinars, Twitter chats, and more. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 23, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

USDA Launches Economic Development Hubs to Support Communities
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announces the launch of the Centers of Community Prosperity (CCP) designed to increase the capacity of rural communities. Community Prosperity Training Summits will engage local institutions and partners, assisting them in addressing challenges in their region. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 22, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Regional Exercise: How to Treat an Aging Population
As the aging population increases in rural Western Washington, so does the number of non-medical 9-1-1 calls. Healthcare workers discuss solutions, such as community risk-reduction programs that would assess the needs of older Americans and connect them with resources to reduce their need to call emergency services. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 22, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

In Some States, More Than Half of Older Residents Live in Rural Areas
SummarizesThe Older Population in Rural America: 2012-2016 report, which examines the older population by rurality. More than 1 in 5 older Americans lives in rural areas, includes nationwide data on age, gender, and geographic distribution. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 22, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Avera eCare to Launch National Telehealth Certificate Program
South Dakota-based Avera Health Network is launching Avera eCare, a national program that would allow healthcare providers to earn a certificate in telehealth. The program aims to create a national standard for telehealth delivery across the country. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 22, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

What If You Call 911 and No One Comes?
Features small, rural towns in North Dakota at risk of losing their emergency medical services due to minimal funding and shrinking populations. Rural communities often lack the resources to fund equipment and personnel, so EMS agencies across the country rely on volunteers who are already spreading themselves thin. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 22, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Poverty in Rural Michigan: Relentless Aging and Few Opportunities for Those of Working Age
Explores poverty in rural Michigan, which is attributed to a lack of education and job opportunities as well as a shrinking and aging population. Includes data identifying the disadvantages faced in rural counties compared to urban counties. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 22, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau Seeks Comment on Effectiveness of its Tribal Engagement Guidance and to Refresh the Record on Related Petitions for Reconsideration
The Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau is seeking comments on how to best facilitate and improve communication between tribes and Eligible Telecommunication Carriers (ETCs). Feedback is intended to aid in the operation and maintenance of broadband adoption on tribal lands. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 21, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rebuilding the Village: A West Virginia School System Strives to Lift up Its Children by Tackling Poverty
In rural McDowall County, West Virginia, officials and union leaders work to construct Renaissance Village, building suitable housing and tackling poverty to boost academic achievement in young students. County schools address the needs of children by connecting them with psychologists and dentists and providing clothes and other basic necessities. (Subscription may be required to view article). (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 19, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Wisconsin School District Starts to Track Students' Emotional Growth
Features an elementary school in rural Wisconsin that has adopted Social Emotional Learning (SEL) practices to assess and improve the mental health and well-being of students. Includes a TED Talk by Nadine Burke Harris, a pediatrician who discusses the link between Adverse Childhood Effects (ACEs) and health issues later in life. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 18, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

How Should Opioid Lawsuit Money Be Spent? Ohio Valley Has No Shortage of Needs
Hit hard by the opioid epidemic, rural Ohio Valley struggles with the widespread costs of recovery programs and diseases related to needle drug use. The first major federal case against opioid makers begins soon, and Ohio governments discuss how they will use money from the settlement or judgement, if they receive any at all. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 18, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

What Rural Kansas Child Care and Cafes Say About Shrinking Smart, Rather Than Withering
Features rural Kansas communities that are experiencing a faster than average population decline, but have the qualities of "shrink smart" towns because they remain committed to improving quality of life. To maintain the population they have, small towns must seize opportunities, such as building day-care centers, creating programs that provide internships for students, and opening businesses downtown. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 18, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

W.V. Projects Try New Ways to Deliver Fresh-Food Options
Rural West Virginia counties are losing their only grocery stores, leaving residents with limited access to healthy food. Commentary introduces solutions to food access, including opening farmer's markets and locally-owned grocery stores, funded through financial support from various organizations and initiatives. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 17, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Georgia's Rural Center Aims to Improve Health Outcomes
Examines the healthcare gap in rural and urban areas of Georgia, with many of the state's rural counties having critically low access to health professionals. Georgia's Rural Center wants to bridge that gap by crafting medical simulations and training relevant to rural communities, urging the collaboration of medical schools and health organizations to identify ways in which the areas can better serve patients. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 17, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Renew the Rural Water Workforce: Celebrate Rural Homecoming
Describes the barriers faced by rural communities in hiring operators of water and wastewater facilities, including smaller talent pools, lack of knowledge of the careers, and pay disparities between small and larger systems. Includes information on the Rural Homecoming campaign held October 18-20, which celebrates the strengths and opportunities in rural communities. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 15, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

WVU Researcher to Help Target Victims of Rural Sex Trafficking Through New Mobile App
A researcher at West Virginia University School of Medicine has developed an app to train law enforcement and health department staff in rural areas how to recognize signs of child sex trafficking. The SexExRural app includes training content created with the input of trafficking survivors and health professionals, as well as resources for reporting and supporting victims. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 15, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

APD Mobile Crisis Response Unit to Assist in Drug-Related Cases
The Alamogordo Police Department is one of the first small rural coverage areas to deploy a Mobile Crisis Response Team (MCRT) to assist law enforcement on crisis calls and address the gap in medication-assisted drug treatment services. The unit will respond to crisis calls to deescalate the situation and the mobile unit will follow up and put families and individuals in touch with mental health resources. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 15, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

2020 CMS Health Equity Award - Call for Nominations
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health announces the Call for Nominations for the 2020 CMS Health Equity Award. Nominations are for organizations who have demonstrated a commitment to reducing disparities affecting vulnerable populations. Nominations are due November 15, 2019. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 15, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

To Save Rural Hospitals, Georgia Requires Classes for CEOs
Due to the wave of rural hospital closures, Georgia lawmakers now require hospital executives and board members to receive training on financial management and strategic planning. The training program wants to ensure executives understand financial reports, the healthcare industry, and the community they serve. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 13, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

$11.2 Million Awarded to Strengthen Native Communities
The Administration for Native Americans (ANA) awarded over $11.2 million to 40 grant projects focused on preserving Native culture and strengthening tribal communities. Some projects include building Mental Health Offices in rural villages on reservations and implementing strategies aimed at increasing professional retention. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 11, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

In Rural Southeastern NC, 'One Stop Shop' Keeps HIV-Positive Patients Healthy
Features CommWell Health's Positive Life program in North Carolina, aimed at addressing rural residents' social conditions to keep them healthy. By offering transportation, housing support, appointment reminders, and more, the program allows HIV-positive patients to focus on their health instead of social and financial barriers they face in daily life. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 10, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Drumbeat Builds for a Peace Corps of Caregivers
The Administration for Community Living (ACL) announces the creation of a National Volunteer Care Corps, connecting young adults and healthy retirees with older Americans in need of assistance with household tasks. The project aims to provide elders with companionship and give unpaid family caregivers a break. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 10, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Severe Dental Diseases Persist in S.D. Due to Chronic Poverty and Lack of Access to Dentists
Examines poor dental health in South Dakota and identifies the spread out population, high rates of poverty, and a shortage of dentists as barriers to accessing dental health care, especially for Native Americans. Includes strategies implemented to improve access to care. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 9, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Do Video Telehealth Requirements Curtail Access in Rural States?
Summarizes a study that concludes that state mandates requiring the use of video-based telemedicine hinder access to care for those living in rural areas without reliable internet service. Describes how rural areas would benefit the most from telehealth, but they lack the bandwidth required to take advantage of video services. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 9, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Study Shows Impact of Adults on Reducing Student Suicide
Overview of a study reported in theJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry describes the importance of strong connections made with peers and adults in decreasing suicide rates among rural high school students in New York and North Dakota. Rural suicide rates are on the climb, with children posing a higher risk, results provide insight as to how suicide can be prevented through connections made in school. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 9, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Pregnancy On the Farm Comes with its Own Set of Risks
Examines the increasing role of women in agriculture, featuring a livestock veterinarian and her experience working in the field while pregnant. Identifies lack of access to healthcare in rural areas, exposure to bacteria and chemicals, and lack of research and training in livestock exposure as difficulties faced by pregnant women working on a farm. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 9, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Modernizing and Clarifying the Physician Self-Referral Regulations Proposed Rule
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued aproposed rule to modernize and clarify regulations on "Stark Law," or the physician self-referral law, in support of the transition from volume to value-based care. The law prevents physicians and other healthcare providers from referring patients for healthcare services under the Medicare program if the provider, or provider's immediate family member, has a financial relationship with the entity performing the service. Changes are intended to clarify regulations and remove barriers currently preventing innovation in care coordination activities. (S...
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 9, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rural Remedy: Mercer Med School Bringing Health Care to 'Areas of Need'
A family practitioner in rural Georgia is allowing Mercer University School of Medicine to take over his practice when he retires. Peach County is a medically underserved area, and Mercer Medicine hopes to fill physician gaps in the community through educational programs held in its new facilities. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 8, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

IHS Awards $2.4 Million to Tribal Epidemiology Centers for Diagnosis, Treatment and Response to HIV, Hepatitis C and STIs
The Indian Health Service (IHS) has awarded $2.4 million to nine Tribal Epidemiology Centers to support the reduction of HIV, hepatitis C, and sexually transmitted infections in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The Tribal Epidemiology Centers plan to implement a national strategy to diagnose, treat, prevent, and respond to HIV, with the goal of ending the epidemic by 2030. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 7, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

They Enrolled in Medical School to Practice Rural Medicine. What Happened?
Graduates of the University of Kansas School of Medicine-Salina have begun practicing, but only three of the eight chose to settle down in a rural community. Examines the challenges associated with recruiting physicians to rural areas and strategies rural medicine programs are taking to expose students to rural options. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 7, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Free Training Resources Help Clinicians Combat the Opioid Epidemic and Secure Loan Repayment Awards
The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announces a free medication-assisted treatment training opportunity for current and prospective National Health Service Corps (NHSC) providers. Includes information on the waiver for eligible clinicians to treat opioid dependency with buprenorphine and the NHSC Substance Use Disorder Workforce Loan Repayment Program (SUD Workforce LRP). (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 7, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Medicare Overpayments for Graduate Medical Education Could Total $1.28 Billion Annually, New Study Says
Overview of a study that suggests the Medicare Graduate Medical Education (GME) is overpaying hospitals by nearly $1.28 billion per year. Proposes that GME payments be capped at $150,000 per resident for all hospitals and the savings be used to address doctor shortages in rural underserved areas. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 7, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Improving the Health of 'Invisible' Farmworkers is a Community Effort in Willcox
Addresses the issues that rural farmworkers in Arizona face when seeking access to healthcare, such as language barriers and lack of health insurance. The Southeast Arizona Area Health Education Center (SEAHEC) established a community center to serve residents, the majority of whom are Latino, educating them on sun safety, nutrition, and health issues they may face working on a farm. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 2, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Salud Mental: Migrant Farmworkers Face Numerous Obstacles to Mental Healthcare
Providers from North Carolina examine mental health among migrant farmworkers from Mexico. Explores how a community's culture can stigmatize addressing mental health concerns and how those barriers can be broken down. See more inpart 2 of this series. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 2, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

As Rural Groceries Fade Away, Lawmakers Wonder Whether to Act
Grocery stores across rural America are going out of business, leaving surrounding communities without nearby access to quality foods. Includes information on efforts to address rural food gaps, including the establishment of a food gap task force and consideration of economic incentives in New Mexico and potential government intervention in North Dakota, though there is some concern from legislators about interfering with the free market. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 2, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Job Program Helps Recovering Addicts Rebuild Houses – And Their Lives
The Housing Development Alliance in Hazard, Kentucky created the Hope Building program to build affordable homes and provide employment and construction training to individuals recovering from addiction. Kentucky struggles with a high opioid overdose rate and organizations like the Housing Development Alliance aim to be a part of the solution. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 2, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

"I Want People to Know There's a Solution": A Fight to Provide Dental Care
Describes the lack of dental care in rural Florida and efforts underway to get dental therapists licensed to practice in order to fill the gaps. 12 other states have approved the dental therapist licensing, increasing access to affordable dental care for low-income families in shortage areas. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 1, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Request for Information (RFI): Evolving the National Network of Libraries of Medicine (UG4)
The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) is seeking input on how they can effectively provide U.S. health professionals with better access to biomedical information and improve the public's access to trusted health information. Comments requested include, but are not limited to, suggestions on NNLM priorities, engagement, and structure. Responses are due by December 2, 2019. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 1, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

A Conversation with Maria Ryan
Radio interview with Dr. Maria Ryan, Chief Executive Officer at Cottage Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in rural New Hampshire. She describes her journey to her current career in leadership, identifies how her hospital is addressing the mental health crisis, and explains the importance of education in healthcare. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - October 1, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Why Rural Hospitals Keep Closing Maternity Wards
Rural hospitals across Iowa have decided to close their labor and delivery units due to an aging population and shifting healthcare needs. Examines the difficult decision that several hospitals have had to make in order to keep their facilities from closing altogether. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 30, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rural Hospital Closings Reach Crisis Stage, Leaving Millions Without Nearby Health Care
Addresses the widespread closings of hospitals in rural America and the consequences it has on local areas. Describes how communities may have to come up with an alternative to hospitals, as facilites still open face constant fiscal challenges. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 30, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

As Rural Suicide Rates Increase in America, Studies Show Risk is Not Randomly Distributed
Opinion piece by Dr. Carrie Henning-Smith, deputy director of the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center, provides an overview of a study that investigated nearly half a million suicides in the U.S. between 1999 and 2016. Results show some people are at a higher risk, specifically those in rural areas, listing social isolation and lack of health insurance as some of the factors leading to the increase in suicide rates. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 30, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

States Focus on Rise of Elderly Populations
Examines the aging population in America, with the rural Midwest seeing the quickest population increase in older Americans. Contains the Best States for Aging ranking, which identifies ways different areas of the country are adjusting to the demographic shift. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 30, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Rural Hospitals in Michigan Face a Dilemma: Merge or Not?
Addresses one rural Michigan medical center's decision to sell to a larger healthcare system and shut down its obstetrics unit. Includes the opinions of local community members and hospital administrators, as well as an overview of the healthcare gaps in the state. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 29, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

'Out Here, It's Just Me': In the Medical Desert of Rural America, One Doctor for 11,000 Square Miles
Explores the vast medical desert in west Texas as one man is the only doctor to care for three remote counties. Contains examples of the many patients he sees in a given day and identifies what it takes to recruit and retain physicians in rural areas. (May require a subscription). (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 28, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Without Insurance, Man's Life Hangs in Balance
Features a rural Texan in need of complex life-saving surgery, but many local hospitals with the capability to help him, refuse his transfer as he does not have insurance. Discusses the limits of patient protections when it comes to emergency care and the expense of employer-offered insurance. (May require subscription to view). (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 28, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CDC Update: Lung Disease Associated with E-cigarette Use or Vaping
The Injury Center at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released an update regarding the lung disease linked to E-cigarettes and vaping. Includes a media advisory and resources for healthcare providers and local health departments. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 26, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Senate Passes CR to Fund Government, Delay Medicaid DSH Cuts
Overview of the Senate vote to approve a continuing resolution that would delay cuts to Medicaid until November 21, 2019. The resolution still needs the president's signature, but the impending cut to Medicaid Disproportionate Share Hospital (DSH) allotments is nearly $4 billion. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 26, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

FCC Approves $950 Million to Harden, Improve, and Expand Broadband Networks in Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands
Release from the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announcing $950 million has been approved to rebuild broadband connections in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Both territories were recently devastated by hurricanes and the release includes information as to how the money will be divided over subsequent years. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - September 26, 2019 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news