- 'I Went Into Medicine to Help My Community': Nez Perce Doctor Speaks on Rural Health Care and Building a Future for the Next Generation
- Using Virtual Care Tech to Curb Care Barriers in Rural South Carolina
- Research and Analysis: Rural Internet Subscribers Pay More, New Data Confirms
- In Texas' Panhandle, a Long-Awaited Oasis for Mental Health Care Is Springing Up
- Focus on Fellows: Checking in with Three Rural Leaders
- A Reason to Care: How Students Choose Rural Health
- A Prescription for Better Rural Nutrition
- City-Based Scientists Get Creative to Tackle Rural-Research Needs
- Public Payment of Dialysis Treatment Has Changed the Rural Healthcare Marketplace
- How the Bad River Tribe Flipped the Script on the Native American Opioid Crisis
- Reps. Sewell, Miller Introduce the Bipartisan Assistance for Rural Community Hospitals (ARCH) Act on National Rural Health Day
- Could a Solution to Provide Legal Care in Alaska Work in Rural Minnesota?
- How Telehealth Is Bringing Specialist Care to the North Country
- Western Alaska Salmon Crisis Affects Physical and Mental Health, Residents Say
- VA Announces New Graduate Medical Education Program to Help Expand Health Care Access to Veterans in Underserved Communities
Researchers at the Center for Economic Analysis of Rural Health present their findings here.
The National Rural Recruitment and Retention Network (3RNET) designed this learning opportunity for recruiters, medical directors, and others seeking to employ health professionals in underserved areas. A series of live webinars lasting up to 90 minutes each will take place between October 5 and December 14. Attendees will get access to national experts on rural/underserved recruiting and retention. Find more information here.
This week, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announced a reorganization of its bureaus and offices to accommodate changing needs in the agency’s mission to improve health care for people who are geographically isolated and/or medically underserved. Among the changes, the Office for the Advancement of Telehealth has moved from its longtime home in the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to become an operational focal point for telehealth across all of HRSA’s programs. Find more information here.
Information on the Provider Relief Fund program, which gives financial support to providers who have seen lost revenues and increased expenses during the COVID-19 pandemic, previously hosted on the HHS website is now available on the HRSA website. Users who visit hhs.gov/providerrelief (previous URL) will be automatically re-directed to the new site. All archived content will remain available to the public. For updates about the PRF and other HRSA programs, please subscribe to the HRSA eNews.
The map allows users to zoom in and find population data for each county in the country. State profiles give more detail on demographic changes between 2010 and 2020. Other infographics and visualizations show information topics such as population change by county, food assistance eligibility, and more detailed breakdown of race and ethnicity. Population counts from the U.S. Census are used to allocate federal funding, provide data for policymaking, plan economic development, and provide data for research, among countless other needs for quality of life.
Using Internet surveys, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found that adults with disabilities experienced greater incidents of anxiety or depression, new or increased substance use, and suicidal ideation than did adults without disabilities. The report includes data for rural locations and recommends that clinicians consider screening all patients for issues related to the pandemic.
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) provides an overview of lessons learned from vaccine programs and gives several examples of federal and state programs that could serve as models for new strategies.
Congress has begun negotiating fiscal year (FY) 2022 appropriations bills, and the National Rural Health Association is advocating for investments in rural health. Now, more than ever before, it is crucial that Congress support programs that seek to address the severe health care crises in rural America. Rural health care providers, who were struggling to keep their doors open prior to COVID-19, have been hit hard by the pandemic. While current spending for rural health programs is relatively small, it plays a critical role in solidifying the fragile health care infrastructure in rural communities. We encourage you to participate in our advocacy campaign to urge your Members of Congress to invest in rural health via FY 2022 appropriations.
The House passed a $760 billion surface transportation infrastructure package. The measure is not expected to be brought up in the Senate, but it adds pressure to the continuing bipartisan talks. Last week, the group of 22 bipartisan Senators brokered a deal on a $1.2 trillion infrastructure package. Text has yet to be released on the compromise, but NRHA continues to advocate for rural providers to be represented in the package.
The House Appropriations Committee held a full committee markup on the chamber’s fiscal year (FY) 2022 Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration, and Related Agencies appropriations bill. The Committee has scheduled the subcommittee and full committee markups of their Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies appropriations bill for July 12 and July 15, respectively.