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Rural and urban communities need different policies to boost economic mobility

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The farther away from a city a person is raised, the more likely they are to climb the economic ladder, according to economists, who also found that community characteristics associated with upward mobility actually have different effects in rural and urban locations.

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2017 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates released today

Median household incomes Pennsylvania increased to $59,195 in 2017, up 2% from 2016 according to the latest estimates from U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey. The 2017 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimates provide data on a variety of economic and demographic subjects for areas with populations of 65,000 or more.

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The Story of Cancer in Central Pennsylvania – Reducing the Cancer Burden through Patient Navigation

A diagnosis of cancer is life-changing and will likely bring important questions and concerns to mind. What if my insurance will not cover the full expense of treatment? How will I get to my treatments that are a 60-minute drive from home in the winter? What will life be like after treatment? Is there anyone who can help me better prepare?

The diagnosis may also stir questions about cancer in your neighborhood or in central Pennsylvania. Is there more cancer in my community than elsewhere? Are my friends and family members more likely than others to get cancer? What can they do to reduce their risk of cancer? They do not like to go to the doctor until there is a problem, but should they go anyway? Is there a vaccine to prevent cancer?

Come with us on an interactive journey of cancer in Central Pennsylvania and learn how to overcome these cancer challenges.

NIH Loan Repayment Programs (LRP) Application Cycle Opened on Saturday, September 1st

Have you thought about applying for an NIH LRP award? Do you know someone that should?

Awardees can receive up to $70,000 of qualified educational debt repayment with a two-year contract. Help us share this valuable information with your colleagues!

The LRP application cycle closes on November 15th. Go to to learn more about eligibility requirements, application dates, and many benefits of the program!

ACO Investment Model (AIM) Evaluation Finds Medicare Savings

The ACO Investment Model (AIM) is an Innovation Center initiative that provides upfront funding for new ACOs to form in rural areas and for existing small ACOs to continue participation in the Shared Savings Program. The Evaluation Report for the First Performance Year found that two-thirds of ACOs participating in the AIM were mostly rural; ACOs spent the most on care management, technology, and administrative functions; and there was net savings to Medicare of over $82 million.

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Spread of Medicare Accountable Care Organizations in Rural America

This policy brief from the RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis updates findings from previous RUPRI Center reports that there is continued growth in the number and proportion of Medicare Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) with participating providers located in nonmetropolitan areas. Well over half (60.3 percent) of all nonmetropolitan counties have at least one ACO provider present – up from 41.8 percent in 2016. Some of this growth in nonmetropolitan ACO presence may be attributed to the development of the ACO Investment Model initiative in 2016, which was designed to stimulate ACO activities in rural and underserved areas. ACOs with significant nonmetropolitan presence were less likely to participate in ACO models involving downside risk.

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New Look for HRSA Data Warehouse

The new site is easier to use, with interactive maps and tools that detail the more than $9 billion in annual HRSA grant funding. Use the site to find a Health Center, determine eligibility for rural health grants, or get more information about HRSA-funded programs by county, state, or Congressional district.

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