- New Infections Accelerate in Rural America while Falling in Urban Counties
- USDA Invests $1 Billion to Improve Community Infrastructure for People Living in Rural Towns Across the Country
- HHS Distributing $2 Billion More in Provider Relief Fund Payments to Health Care Providers Impacted by the COVID-19 Pandemic
- NC Study Finds Three Financial Indicators that Could Predict the Closure of a Rural Hospital
- For Second Consecutive Week, Rural Counties Break Record for New Infections
- Growth in Rural Vaccination Rate Slows in Last Month
- HHS Announces Availability of $13 Million to Increase Behavioral Health Care Access in Rural Communities
- How a Rural Alabama Pharmacy Became a Frontline in the Fight Against COVID
- Vaccine Access for Kids in Rural America Can Be a Struggle
- Rural Counties Break Record for Most Covid-19 Infections in a Single Week
- Kids Who Lost Parents to COVID Deserve Help, Advocates Say
- After Starting in Metro Counties, Omicron Begins to Move into Rural Areas
- OSTP: Request for Information on Strengthening Community Health Through Technology
- New National Poll Shows Encouraging Signs of Reduced Stigma Around Farmer Mental Health
- As Covid Hits Nursing Homes' Finances, Town Residents Fight to Save Alzheimer's Facility
Collection of stories of individuals and organizations across the U.S. having demonstrated in significant ways, through innovation, leadership, commitment, collaboration, education, and communication, to make a positive difference in the health of the rural communities they serve.
Read the article here: https://en.calameo.com/read/004572339cdff7d97c0e4
Evaluation of the All-Payer Model operating under an agreement with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) for hospitals in rural and urban settings implemented in Maryland in 2014. This model shifted the state’s hospital payment structure to an annual, global hospital budget that includes both inpatient and outpatient hospital services. Report covers 4.5 years of implementation, and compares outcomes by rural and urban residency.
Read the report here: https://downloads.cms.gov/files/md-allpayer-finalevalrpt.pdf
Results of a study to explore community health worker (CHW) roles and responsibilities, the growing professionalization of the field, and interactions between CHWs and other healthcare providers. Uses data obtained from focus groups conducted in Florida, Minnesota, California, and Massachusetts. Provides an in-depth look at the differences between CHW work in rural and urban areas, and offers insights to support continued growth of the field.
Read the results here: https://srhrc.tamhsc.edu/docs/chw-policy-brief.pdf
Summarizes rural-relevant, value-based programs currently or recently implemented by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), including the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI). Designed to help rural healthcare leaders identify HHS value-based programs that are suitable for rural participation. Catalog includes descriptions of each demonstration and provides direct links to the corresponding agency web page.
Nov 19, 2019 — Overview of a study whose participants consisted of rural alumni from the University of Alabama College of Community Health Sciences, most of which are now family physicians. Researchers focused on the physicians’ experiences within the pipeline program in order to draw conclusions about successful long-term preceptorships.
Read the article here: https://www.aafp.org/news/education-professional-development/20191119ruralpreceptors.html
Nov 20, 2019 — The National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) hosted a meeting to discuss goals and objectives of the COPD National Action Plan that was implemented to tackle the disease. Includes resources from various organizations and the Learn More Breathe Better program that help rural communities manage and prevent COPD.
Nov 21, 2019 — Opinion piece from a tenured nurse at the Iowa Online Nurse Residency Program who recalls the impact her first rural nurse leader had on shaping her career. Discusses recommendations to appeal to millennials in the healthcare workforce and highlights the importance of good leadership in developing high-quality nurses and strengthening rural facilities.
Nov 21, 2019 — The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Administrator, Seema Verma, recognizes National Rural Health Day and highlights the work CMS is doing to advance and support rural health. Includes ways in which CMS increases provider engagement, expands innovative technologies, and empowers patients in rural America.
Read article here: https://www.cms.gov/blog/rural-health-cms-whats-been-done-and-whats-come
Nov 21, 2019 — Efforts are underway to address the increasing suicide rate among Native Americans in North Dakota and Minnesota; data remains limited, but prevention coordinators are working to collect more accurate numbers. A member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa describes her personal experience with losing a loved one to suicide.
Nov 22, 2019 — The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) announces findings of a 17 percent increase in the use of telehealth among veterans in fiscal year 2019. Includes information on the VA’s Anywhere to Anywhere initiative, the VA Video Connect app, and the ATLAS program, which were implemented to increase access to healthcare for veterans, no matter their location.
Read article here: https://www.va.gov/opa/pressrel/pressrelease.cfm?id=5365