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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

February 24, 2017

Rural Mortality and Preventable Deaths – Insights from the CDC MMWR Rural Health Series

Wednesday March 1, 2017 from 11:00 am – 12:30 pm ET.

To Register: https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/webinars/rural-mortality-and-preventable-deaths

Rural Health Information Hub (RHIHub), in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, will be hosting a webinar to highlight the new CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Rural Health Series.  The first report released by CDC in the rural health series demonstrates that Americans living in rural areas are more likely to die from five leading causes than their urban counterparts are.

First, we will have the opportunity to hear from two of CDC’s lead authors, Dr. Moy and Dr. Garcia, who will discuss the recently reported mortality data from a national perspective and the rural-urban disparities.  They will also discuss the contributing factors associated with the leading causes of death and ways that these potentially excess deaths may be prevented.

Second, we will have the opportunity to hear from a long-standing FORHP grantee, Dr. McKnight, who will share the story of the Fit for Life program, implemented in rural Ohio over a decade ago.  Fit for Life has been successful in improving the health outcomes of program participants by addressing a number of the risk factors contributing to the leading causes of death as cited by CDC.

We look forward to having you all join us on the webinar to engage in this important discussion!  To register for this event, please visit: .

Featured Speakers:

Tom Morris, MPA, Director of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (moderator)

Ernest Moy, MD, MPH, Medical Officer in the Office of Analysis and Epidemiology at the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)

Macarena Garcia, DrPH, Senior Health Scientist at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the Center for Surveillance, Epidemiology, and Laboratory Services (CSELS), Office of the Director

Timothy KcKnight, MD, Board Certified Family Practitioner and Founder of Trinity Hospital Twin City’s Fit for Life Program

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