Rural Spotlight — A Health Care Resource for Missouri
April 21, 2015
Rural Research Highlights
1. A Rural Taxonomy of Population and Health-Resource Characteristics
This policy brief from the RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis reports the newly developed taxonomy of rural places based on relevant population and health-resource characteristics. The brief discusses how this classification tool can be utilized by policy makers and rural communities. Rural communities can use the taxonomy to assess the community’s own profile, identify similar communities, and develop strategies for improving health and health care using a comparative framework. As noted in previous announcements, rural communities may also want to use the Community Health Status Indicators tool from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention to assess their community health status, identify disparities, and compare themselves to other similar communities.
More recent rural research can be found on http://www.ruralhealthresearch.org/.
April 20, 2015
The Rural Assistance Center is a collaborative effort of the University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health, and the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI); and is funded by a grant through HRSA’s Office of Rural Health Policy. View the RAC Online newsletter.
April 9, 2015
The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) is pleased to announce the release of the Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal Grant Program (ROOR). The one year program will fund efforts that will focus on preventing opioid overdose in rural areas.
Opioid overdoses are an increasing problem throughout the United States. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that every day in the United States 120 people die as a result of drug overdose and 51.8 percent of those overdoses are related to pharmaceuticals. Of that 51.8 percent, 71.3 percent involved opioid pain relievers. People in rural communities are especially vulnerable and more likely to overdose on prescription painkillers than people in cities, according to the CDC. In response to the nation-wide problem, on June 19, 2014, the Office of National Drug Control Policy convened the White House Summit on the Opioid Epidemic and Congress appropriated funds to the existing Rural Access to Emergency Devices (RAED) program line to specifically focus on opioid overdose.
April 7, 2015
ADA Foundation now accepting applications for its Samuel D. Harris Fund for Children’s Dental Health Grant Program
Application Deadline: April 10
The ADA Foundation is now accepting applications for its 2015 Samuel Harris Fund for Children’s Dental Health Grant Program. The deadline is Friday, April 10. Non-profit organizations and agencies that sponsor education programs for new parents and caregivers to reduce the incidence of early childhood caries are eligible to apply. This year, approximately 23 competitive grants of up to $5,000 each will be awarded solely for prenatal and postnatal oral health instruction for parents and caregivers. The ADAF Harris Grant Guidelines and Application template is posted at www.adafoundation.org. Questions? Please contact Cathy Haibach, firstname.lastname@example.org, or the ADA Foundation at 312.440.2544.