- The Mismatch Between Mental Health Care Access and Demand
- In a Rural California Region, a Plan Takes Shape to Provide Shade from Dangerous Heat
- New Native American Health Alliance to Address Physician Shortages in Tribal Communities
- How NRHA, USDA Are Helping Rural Hospitals
- Hundreds of Thousands of US Infants Every Year Pay the Consequences of Prenatal Exposure to Drugs, a Growing Crisis Particularly in Rural America
- Rural Maternal Health Series Webinars
- Federally Qualified Health Centers Can Make the Switch to Value-Based Payment, But Need Assistance
- New Program Aims to Boost Tribal Access to Care, but Advocates Says More Can Be Done
- Tribal Schools to Get 24/7 Behavioral Health Crisis Line
- As More Rural Hospitals Stop Delivering Babies, Some Are Determined to Make It Work
- PCORI Advisory Panels: Panel Openings
- Tribes in Washington Are Battling a Devastating Opioid Crisis. Will a Multimillion-Dollar Bill Help?
- FACT SHEET: Biden-Harris Administration Releases Annual Agency Equity Action Plans to Further Advance Racial Equity and Support for Underserved Communities Through the Federal Government
- HHS Launches Postpartum Maternal Health Collaborative
- Rural Emergency Medical Team Touts Using Whole Blood to Help Save Lives
Rural residents face distinct risks for social isolation and loneliness, as do lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults. This policy brief from the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center examines nationally representative data on social and emotional supports during the COVID-19 pandemic by rurality and sexual orientation.
Last week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) alerted clinicians for signs and symptoms of the infection that, as of June 14, has appeared in 65 cases in the United States. No deaths have been reported globally from the current outbreak; for reporting purposes, the CDC clarifies criteria for suspected, probable, and confirmed cases that should be reported through the National Notifiable Diseases Surveillance System.
A new poll asked U.S. adults about their experiences and found that 78 percent of those asked had recently experienced a severe weather event –tornado, hurricane or tropical storm, wildfire, major flooding, major drought, and severe cold/winter storms. More than half said that extreme heat was the most impactful weather in the last five years, and nearly a quarter of the survey respondents reported that climate change is threatening their health a great deal or a lot. The report is a joint project from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, National Public Radio, and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health.
Researchers found that rural patients seeking care at health centers funded by HRSA’s Bureau of Primary Health Care (BPHC) experienced lower unmet and delayed medical care and reported that they were more likely to obtain a flu vaccine. At the same time, researchers identified decreases in Pap tests, mammogram screenings, and an increase in emergency department visits. This indicates that health centers in rural areas may still face barriers to providing timely or accessible preventative services that would reduce their patients’ need for acute medical care. Research findings highlight the importance of HRSA’s continued investments to increase access to preventive and primary care services in rural areas. To read this article, and other articles about quality care delivered by health centers, visit BPHC’s Health Center Library.
Yesterday, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced a broad, new initiative to connect individuals and families to housing, health care, and supportive services. Total funding of $322 million is a supplement to HUD’s Continuum of Care (CoC) Program, with $43 million for incremental housing vouchers for at-risk households, and $54 million set aside for projects in rural areas. The Supplemental to Address Unsheltered and Rural Homelessness requires collaboration among housing authorities, health care organizations, and those that provide support for individuals and families facing issues that often lead to homelessness – such as domestic violence, youth trauma, and substance use disorder. HUD will hold a 90-minute Kick Off Webinar on Tuesday, June 28 at 2:30 pm ET. Next week, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy will provide further details for rural health providers in a webinar on Thursday, June 30 at 2:00 pm ET.
The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) has published a new bulletin expanding the reach of teledentistry services in Pennsylvania. Coverage has been added for preventive services, and guidelines have been established for both Federally Qualified Health Centers/Rural Health Clinics, and dentists enrolled in the Medical Assistance Program.
A new issue of the Organization for Safety, Asepsis, and Prevention (OSAP) Infection Control in Practice – Team Huddle has been released. This issue re-emphasizes respiratory hygiene and highlights diseases that a respiratory hygiene/cough etiquette program can prevent. A workplace scenario challenges the dental team to evaluate the cost-effective use of consumables for infection prevention and what to consider when deciding to use a reusable item or its disposable counterpart. Learn more about OSAP by clicking here.
The Head Start Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center has released a tip sheet about the oral health signs of child maltreatment, specifically as they relate to physical and sexual abuse. There are resources for working with families to help prevent child maltreatment, recognize oral health signs of child maltreatment, and understand the requirements for reporting suspected child maltreatment to state child protection agencies. It is part of the Brush up on Oral Health series.
The National Nurse-Led Care Consortium (NNCC) is excited to announce a new AmeriCorps State Program to support the recruitment, training, and development of a new generation of public health leaders to support behavioral health service programs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. NNCC’s AmeriCorps members will serve in the community to learn how the COVID-19 pandemic impacted the utilization of behavioral health services and establish a catalog of local resources. These members will expand the capacity for organizations to screen and refer individuals for substance use disorder and mental health treatment and identify critical services needed in response to the ongoing pandemic. To learn more about how the program can benefit your health center click here.