- 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?
- HHS Launches Postpartum Maternal Health Collaborative
- 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
- Rural Emergency Medical Team Touts Using Whole Blood to Help Save Lives
- New Black-Owned Freight Farm in Rural Minnesota to Tackle Food Insecurity, Health Inequities
The HRSA-funded Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center (MATRC) offers assistance and consultation (FREE up to ten hours) on a variety of issues including, but not limited to, reimbursement, policies, technology, operations, approaches to broadband access, and more. Recognizing that telehealth has evolved so very rapidly over the last few years out of need and that many programs are looking to plan, improve, expand, and decide to what degree telehealth services will continue, or introduce telehealth to training/education experiences, the MATRC may be able to help. The MATRC also manages a Center of Excellence for Telebehavioralhealth. MATRC’s director is well-respected nationally and feedback on MATRC’s services has been excellent. Visit the MATRC website for more information, including how to request services, or contact Anita Browning, MATRC Outreach Specialist.
Perspectives from the Field: Retaining Medical Assistants and Dental Assistants is a newly released publication prepared by Ann Loeffler, MSPH, PMP, for the STAR² Center following a series of focus groups exploring Medical Assistant and Dental Assistant attrition in health centers. The findings from these focus groups have been compiled to highlight factors contributing to this attrition and strategies shared by participants to mitigate these factors and retain MAs and DAs in the workforce. Click here to access this new publication!
This self-paced e-learning resource includes modules exploring the challenges and successes of recruiting, hiring and retaining staff to provide screenings for Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) within community health centers. The Corporation for Supportive Housing, MHP Salud, and National Healthcare for the Homeless Council (NHCHC) share the perspectives of professionals on how to address barriers and amplify the role of peer specialists. All three organizations are HRSA-funded National Training and Technical Assistance Partners (NTTAPs).
The commonwealth’s unemployment rate dropped to 4.2% in the month of August, according to preliminary data provided by state and federal officials on Friday. The figure marks the lowest unemployment rate the state has seen since June of 2000.
The Pennsylvania Primary Care Career Center’s new website is up and running. View it at www.paprimarycarecareers.org. Designed by Gavin Advertising, the site puts more emphasis on encouraging candidates to search our job board, powered by 3RNET. The site is also maximized for search engines like Google and will be much more adaptable to all sorts of mobile devices. Please send any comments to Judd Mellinger-Blouch, Director, Pennsylvania Primary Care Career Center.
That startling statistic is according to preliminary CDC data released this week. The data also show that sexually transmitted infections hit a record high for the second straight year in 2021. Syphilis rates rose 26% in 2021, HIV cases rose 16%, Gonorrhea rose 2.8% and Chlamydia rose 3%. The CDC is pointing to a reduction in local STD screening and treatment, plus more needle sharing from drug use and a decrease in condom usage. The statistics have health experts warning that the U.S. must invest significantly more funding in prevention efforts, especially as the nation continues to battle COVID-19 and monkeypox.
On September 15, the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) released a framework that can be used by states to measure health equity in Medicaid managed care programs. The framework, which was developed by NCQA with funding from the California Health Care Foundation (CHCF), consists of social interventions, access to care, structures of care, the experience of care, high-quality clinical care, and overall well-being. Read More.
A new report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) finds that more than 80% of pregnancy-related deaths that occurred between 2017 and 2019 were preventable. Researchers found six underlying causes accounted for the majority of fatalities: mental health conditions, hemorrhaging, heart problems, infections, blood clots, and cardiomyopathy. The leading causes varied by race and ethnicity. Twenty-two percent of pregnancy-related deaths took place during pregnancy, 25% occurred on the day of delivery or within a week after, and 53% of the deaths occurred between a week and a year after giving birth. A death is considered preventable if the committee determines that there was at least some chance of the death being averted by one or more reasonable changes to patient, community, provider, facility, and/or systems factors.
The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) has published an updated Managed Care Organization (MCO) directory on its website. The directory includes contact information for all the Physical Health and Behavioral Health MCOs.
The Department of Homeland Security issued a final rule applicable to noncitizens who receive or wish to apply for benefits provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and states that support low-income families and adults. The new rule makes it clear that Noncitizens who receive health or other benefits to which they are entitled will not suffer harmful immigration consequences. Learn more.