CDC Says Obesity Higher in Rural Versus Urban Counties
Research reported in the June 15Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report found the prevalence of obesity was higher among U.S. adults living in nonmetropolitan counties than among those in metropolitan counties. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - June 22, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Staying alive: Rural hospitals eye larger health systems, strategic partnerships
Rural hospitals, including in the Triad, are being crushed by a host of financial challenges. The pressures have some seeking a savior and others exploring strategies to maintain their independence. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 22, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Jessica Seaman Source Type: news

Staying alive: Rural hospitals eye larger health systems, strategic partnerships
Rural hospitals, including in the Triad, are being crushed by a host of financial challenges. The pressures have some seeking a savior and others exploring strategies to maintain their independence. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - June 22, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Jessica Seaman Source Type: news

Keeping the doors open: Rural hospitals across WNY buck closure trend
Western New York's rural hospitals are struggling, but they've managed to keep their doors open. Elsewhere, closures of rural hospitals have left dozens of communities with limited access to care, forcing some residents to drive an hour or more for emergencies and hospitalization. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines - June 22, 2018 Category: Biotechnology Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Keeping the doors open: Rural hospitals across WNY buck closure trend
Western New York's rural hospitals are struggling, but they've managed to keep their doors open. Elsewhere, closures of rural hospitals have left dozens of communities with limited access to care, forcing some residents to drive an hour or more for emergencies and hospitalization. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 22, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Tracey Drury Source Type: news

Patient Awareness/Knowledge Towards Oral Cancer Patient Awareness/Knowledge Towards Oral Cancer
This study assessed knowledge, awareness, and OC-related behaviors of patients in a rural community.BMC Oral Health (Source: Medscape Today Headlines)
Source: Medscape Today Headlines - June 22, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: Dental & Oral Health Journal Article Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Application From the American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) for Continued Approval of its Ambulatory Surgical Center Accreditation Program
Proposed notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) acknowledging the receipt of an application from American Association for Accreditation of Ambulatory Surgery Facilities, Inc. (AAAASF) for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for Ambulatory Surgical Centers (ASCs) participating in Medicare and Medicaid programs. Comments on whether AAAASF's requirements meet or exceed the Medicare conditions for coverage for ASCs must be submitted by July 23, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - June 22, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Application by The Compliance Team for Continued CMS Approval of Its Rural Health Clinic Accreditation Program
Announcement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid of the continued approval of The Compliance Team (TCT) as a national accrediting organization for Rural Health Clinics participating in Medicare and Medicaid programs, effective through July 18, 2024. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - June 22, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Breaking taboos around sexual and reproductive health in rural Georgia
TBILISI, Georgia– Like many other girls from rural villages in Georgia, Elene* didn’t learn much about hersexual and reproductive health as an adolescent. Her mother told her about menstruation, but before Elene married at age 16, she had never visited a gynaecologist. Her husband was the first person to tell her aboutcontraception. (Source: UNFPA News)
Source: UNFPA News - June 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: grojec Source Type: news

Taking on rural health care: A chat with Randolph Health's incoming CEO
Angela Orth, the incoming CEO at Randolph Health, speaks with the Triad Business Journal about her new role, her plans for Randolph Health and the future of rural health care. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)
Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines - June 21, 2018 Category: American Health Authors: Jessica Seaman Source Type: news

Obesity Rates Higher in Country Than City
Thirty-nine percent of American adults were obese, compared to 17.8 percent of children. (Source: NYT Health)
Source: NYT Health - June 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: NICHOLAS BAKALAR Tags: Obesity Blacks Rural Areas Education (K-12) Urban Areas Hispanic-Americans Minorities Men and Boys Children and Childhood Source Type: news

Rural Response to the Opioid Crisis
This guide will help you learn about activities underway to address the opioid crisis in rural communities at the national, state, and local levels across the country. It identifies: initiatives and funding opportunities; rural program examples; and tools and resources focused on prevention, harm reduction, and treatment. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - June 21, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

CMS Launches Data Element Library Supporting Interoperability
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new database that supports the exchange of electronic health information. Using the Data Element Library, the public can view the specific types of data that CMS requires post-acute facilities to collect as part of the health assessment of their patients. It also includes health information technology standards that support the collection of health information, with the ultimate goal of making it easier to share electronic health information between providers. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 21, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

SAMHSA Accepting Applications for up to $50 Million to Help Tribes Address Opioid Crisis
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is accepting applications for up to $50 million to fund prevention, treatment, and recovery activities. These Tribal Opioid Response Grants will increase access to culturally-appropriate evidence-based treatment, including medication-assisted treatment (MAT). (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 21, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Making sure baby gets the best: Researchers evaluate how a mother’s diet impacts the quality of breast milk
(Natural News) A mother’s dietary habits and chemical exposure may greatly affect the quality of her breast milk and pose a threat to her baby, according to a study published in the Journal of International Scientific Publication. A team of researchers at the Babes-Bolyai University in Romania examined breast milk samples from 169 nursing mothers from urban and rural... (Source: NaturalNews.com)
Source: NaturalNews.com - June 21, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rural Insights from the National Center for Health Statistics on Teen Births and Infant Mortality
June 26, 2018 12:00-1:00pm ET. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - June 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

GMR Funds Community Health Engagement Partnership in Cincinnati
Tiffany Grant, PhD, Assistant Director for Research and Informatics at the University of Cincinnati Health Sciences Library, applied and received a GMR award for a community partnership to improve health literacy and address health disparities. Project Background: Racial and ethnic minorities, those in rural and/or urban areas, and those living in medically underserved areas are at high risk for health-related disparities. Low-income wages, reduced government services, and low educational attainment are a few reasons why these population groups have significant barriers overcoming food insecurity, obesity, mental health is...
Source: The Cornflower - June 20, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Darlene Kaskie Tags: Blog Consumer Health Funding News from the Region Outreach Success Stories awards Source Type: news

Severe shortage of mental health professionals in rural areas
Poor mental health care access is a serious issue that overlaps with other public health crises like drug abuse and suicide. (Source: PsycPORT.com)
Source: PsycPORT.com - June 20, 2018 Category: Psychiatry Source Type: news

Aging and the use of an in-vehicle intersection crossing assist system: an on-road study - Becic E, Edwards CJ, Manser MP, Donath M.
One of the principal facets of age-related decline-diminished perceptual ability, can also be viewed as a prominent factor when crossing intersections, particularly rural intersections that have disproportionately high fatality rate and where vehicles trav... (Source: SafetyLit)
Source: SafetyLit - June 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Tags: Age: Elder Adults Source Type: news

Challenges remain in DPRK despite “slight” improvements in health, wellbeing: UNICEF
The health and wellbeing of women and children in North Korea has improved slightly in recent years but “urgent” challenges remain in rural areas, the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said on Wednesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - June 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Challenges remain in DPRK despite'slight' improvements in health, wellbeing: UNICEF
The health and wellbeing of women and children in North Korea has improved slightly in recent years but “urgent” challenges remain in rural areas, the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF, said on Wednesday. (Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security)
Source: UN News Centre - Health, Poverty, Food Security - June 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Severe shortage of mental health professionals in rural areas
Almost every American will, at some point or another, face a mental health challenge. It may be related to depression, anxiety, suicidal thoughts, substance abuse or maybe something more circumstantial like grief over a loss or trouble adjusting to a life change. The CDC reports 43.4 million adults suffered from some sort of behavioral health issue in 2015 alone. (Source: CNN.com - Health)
Source: CNN.com - Health - June 20, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Rural Communities Opioid Response Planning Program Webinar
June 29, 2018 2:00-3:15pm ET. Webinar will provide an overview of the Rural Communities Opioid Response Funding Opportunity. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - June 20, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

RUS: Announcement of Grant Application Deadlines and Funding Levels
The Rural Utilities Service announces its Household Water Well System (HWWS) grant program application window for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. $993,000 will be available for lending programs to finance the construction or repair of household water wells for existing homes. Applications are due by July 20, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - June 20, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

RUS: Announcement of Grant and Loan Application Deadlines
The Rural Utilities Service announces its Revolving Fund Program application window for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. $1,000,000 will be available for lending programs to finance water or wastewater systems for rural communities. Applications are due by July 20, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - June 20, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

RHS: Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program
USDA's Rural Housing Servicing is seeking comment by August 20, 2018 on a proposal to amend current regulations for the Single Family Housing Guaranteed Loan Program (SFHGLP) to increase flexibility in loan terms for interim construction financing and the viability of combination construction to permanent loans on the secondary market. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - June 20, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

HHS: National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics: Meeting
Announces a public meeting of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS), Standards Subcommittee on July 17-18, 2018. The agenda is posted on theNCVHS website and includes a discussion of the draft Environmental Scan Report which assesses the strengths, weaknesses, and gaps in the health terminology and vocabulary environment; a discussion of governance, coordination, and communications across terminology and vocabulary developers; and the identification of gaps in U.S. health terminology and vocabulary coverage; among other things. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - June 20, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS: Medicare Program; Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment Systems for Acute Care Hospitals and the Long-Term Care Hospital Prospective Payment System and Proposed Policy Changes and Fiscal Year 2019 Rates; Proposed Quality Reporting Requirements for Specific Providers; Proposed Medicare and Medicaid Electronic Health Record (EHR) Incentive Programs (Promoting Interoperability Programs) Requirements for Eligible Hospitals, Critical Access Hospitals, and Eligible Professionals; Medicare Cost Reporting Requirements; and Physician Certification and Recertification of Claims; Correction
Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services making technical and typographical corrections to theMay 7, 2018 proposed rule with the same title. Official publication of this notice is scheduled for June 20, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - June 20, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

CMS Seeks Public Input on Reducing the Regulatory Burdens of the Stark Law
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking recommendations from the public on how to address any undue impact and burden of the physician self-referral law, also known as the Stark Law, with a focus on how the law may impede care coordination. This is part of an ongoing effort by the administration to reduce regulatory burdens. Comments are due by August 24, 2018. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 20, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Funding Awarded to the University of North Dakota ’ s Information Needs Assessment Project
The GMR office is happy to announce the funding of the Information Needs Assessment of Unaffiliated North Dakota Rural Health Professionals & Biomedical Researchers project at the University of North Dakota via our Health Information Outreach award. Project: Description:  This is the last phase of a multi part effort to provide North Dakota unaffiliated health professionals and biomedical researchers with access to a variety of information resources, including those not freely available.  Evidence-based workshops and train-the-trainer sessions will be implemented to meet the information needs of tar...
Source: The Cornflower - June 19, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: Sam Watson Tags: Funding Success Stories Source Type: news

Smoking Rates In U.S. Hit All-Time Low, CDC Says
NEW YORK (CBS Local/CBS News) – Smoking in the U.S. has hit another all-time low. About 14 percent of U.S adults admit to being smokers last year, down from about 16 percent in 2016, government figures from the CDC show. There hadn’t been much change the previous two years, but it’s been clear there’s been a general decline and the new figures show it’s continuing, according to K. Michael Cummings of the tobacco research program at Medical University of South Carolina. “Everything is pointed in the right direction,” including falling cigarette sales and other indicators, Cummi...
Source: WBZ-TV - Breaking News, Weather and Sports for Boston, Worcester and New Hampshire - June 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Health – CBS Boston Tags: Health News Local TV Smoking talkers Source Type: news

Rural Americans are 2 to 3 times more at risk of severe obesity
For years, severe obesity rates have been three times higher among rural children in the US as among urban kids. But the disparity continues to widen for adults, the latest CDC figures show. (Source: the Mail online | Health)
Source: the Mail online | Health - June 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Obesity Plagues Rural America
People that live in rural areas are being hit harder by the U.S. obesity epidemic than city dwellers, two new government studies show. (Source: WebMD Health)
Source: WebMD Health - June 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Source Type: news

Food Sustainability, Migration, Nutrition and Women
By Enrique YevesROME, Jun 19 2018 (IPS)We worry about how we can continue to put food on our tables; and yet one-third of food is never eaten, instead being lost or wasted.We worry about eating properly, and yet in many countries , poor nutrition, obesity and micronutrient deficiencies are increasingly common. This trend is taking place in the Americas, Oceania, Asia, Africa and in Europe. Enrique YevesWe want to empower women and girls, yet in every sector we still see serious disparities in terms of equal pay for equal wages and getting more women into senior management positions. We worry about the mass movement of peop...
Source: IPS Inter Press Service - Health - June 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Authors: Enrique Yeves Tags: Crime & Justice Development & Aid Economy & Trade Education Environment Featured Food & Agriculture Food Sustainability Gender Global Globalisation Green Economy Headlines Health Human Rights Labour Migration & Refugees N Source Type: news

Severe obesity rates surging in rural America
(Reuters Health) - Severe obesity rates have been on the rise nationwide since the turn of the century, disproportionately affecting children and adults in rural communities, two U.S. studies suggest. (Source: Reuters: Health)
Source: Reuters: Health - June 19, 2018 Category: Consumer Health News Tags: healthNews Source Type: news

Smalltown America Seeing More Severe Obesity
(MedPage Today) -- Report adds to sense of growing rural health crisis (Source: MedPage Today Public Health)
Source: MedPage Today Public Health - June 19, 2018 Category: American Health Source Type: news

Uganda:Govt Demands More Control Over Aids NGOs
[Monitor] Kampala -The Uganda Aids Commission (UAC) wants a greater role in regulating HIV/Aids non-governmental organisations (NGOs) operating in rural areas. (Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs)
Source: AllAfrica News: HIV-Aids and STDs - June 19, 2018 Category: Infectious Diseases Source Type: news

Obesity Plagues Rural America
TUESDAY, June 19, 2018 -- Country folk are being hit harder by the U.S. obesity epidemic than city dwellers, two new government studies show. Nearly 40 percent of rural American men and almost half of rural women are now statistically obese, U.S.... (Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews)
Source: Drugs.com - Daily MedNews - June 19, 2018 Category: General Medicine Source Type: news

Improving Rural Oral Healthcare Access (May 2018)
This policy brief seeks to discuss the oral and systemic health connection, explores the current dental shortage, highlights the need for interprofessional education and identifies recommendations for improving rural oral health access to care. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - June 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

The Opioid Crisis in Rural and Small Town America (2018)
Issue brief highlights the challenges of addressing the opioid epidemic in rural areas. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - June 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

Ask the Experts: Prevention Research Centers - Improving Health Disparities in Rural Communities
June 29, 2018 2:00-3:00pm ET. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - June 19, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

ERS: Notice of Intent To Request Renewal of a Currently Approved Information Collection
USDA's Economic Research Service is seeking comment on the renewal of an information collection to assess food and nutrition assistance programs administered by the Food and Nutrition Service in order to monitor the prevalence of food security and severity of food insecurity in the United States. Comments are due by August 20, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center - June 19, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

A Conversation with Scott Daniels
Discussion includes rural health in Hawaii, the difficulty of attracting providers to the state, especially to the most rural and remote areas, the emphasis on culturally-competent care, and a leadership development program being implemented among Critical Access Hospitals in the state, among other things. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 19, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

Reaching Rural Residents
HIV.gov interview with Kristine Sande, Program Director of the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub), on barriers to and strategies for reaching rural Americans with information and resources related to HIV/AIDS prevention and treatment. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)
Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center - June 19, 2018 Category: Rural Health Source Type: news

This Wednesday – New Time: Breezing Along with the RML 2pm MT/3pm CT
Breezing Along with the RML: Updates on VR project and All of US Initiative Wednesday, June 20 – 2pm MT/3pm CT Register Please note the New Time – 2pm MT/3pm CT Join us for updates on two projects: Brandon Patterson and Donna Baluchi from Eccles Health Sciences Library will share their Virtual Reality (VR) Studio: As campus demand and interest in VR education expand, library personnel interviewed VR champions and potential users of a future library space dedicated to VR play and development. Funds for VR equipment were secured through the Technology Improvement Award from the National Network of Libraries of Me...
Source: MCR News - June 18, 2018 Category: Databases & Libraries Authors: ssawyer Tags: #CC/Academic List #Health Interest List #Health Sciences List #Public/K-12 List Source Type: news

AAFP Advises HHS on Boosting HPV Vaccination Rates
HPV vaccination rates have improved in recent years, but the AAFP says physicians and other health care professionals in rural areas, especially, need more education about the vaccine and its benefits to further boost those rates. (Source: AAFP News)
Source: AAFP News - June 18, 2018 Category: Primary Care Source Type: news

Apple Sets up iPhones to Relay Location for 9-1-1 Calls
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is trying to drag the U.S.'s antiquated system for handling 911 calls into the 21st century. If it lives up to Apple's promise, the iPhone's next operating system will automatically deliver quicker and more reliable information pinpointing the location of 911 calls to about 6,300 emergency response centers in the U.S. Apple is trying to solve a problem caused by the technological mismatch between a 50-year-old system built for landlines and today's increasingly sophisticated smartphones. An estimated 80 percent of roughly 240 million emergency calls in the U.S. this year will come from mobi...
Source: JEMS Administration and Leadership - June 18, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Michael Liedtke, Associated Press Tags: News Communications & Dispatch Source Type: news

Apple Sets up iPhones to Relay Location for 9-1-1 Calls
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Apple is trying to drag the U.S.'s antiquated system for handling 911 calls into the 21st century. If it lives up to Apple's promise, the iPhone's next operating system will automatically deliver quicker and more reliable information pinpointing the location of 911 calls to about 6,300 emergency response centers in the U.S. Apple is trying to solve a problem caused by the technological mismatch between a 50-year-old system built for landlines and today's increasingly sophisticated smartphones. An estimated 80 percent of roughly 240 million emergency calls in the U.S. this year will come from mobi...
Source: JEMS: Journal of Emergency Medical Services News - June 18, 2018 Category: Emergency Medicine Authors: Michael Liedtke, Associated Press Tags: News Communications & Dispatch Source Type: news

Immigrant Health Policy Paper (May 2018)
This policy paper broadly explores the immensely nuanced and complex topic of rural immigrant health. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - June 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news

EMS Services in Rural America: Challenges and Opportunities (May 2018)
Policy brief describes the challenges facing EMS providers in rural areas, including workforce shortages, inconsistent funding, lack of service coordination, and provides recommendations to improve EMS services. (Source: HSR Information Central)
Source: HSR Information Central - June 18, 2018 Category: International Medicine & Public Health Source Type: news