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Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

August 28, 2015


1. On August 27th, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) released its latest Chartbook on Rural Health Care.  With rural populations as one of ten priorities for AHRQ research and quality measurement, the chartbook puts a rural lens on more than 250 measures – including access to health care, affordability, and leading causes of morbidity and mortality – found in the agency’s National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR) released earlier this year.  AHRQ led an interagency effort with a workgroup that included the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, the HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation and the National Cancer Institute.  The chartbook data show that, compared to residents of suburbs, residents of rural areas received lower quality of care for more than a quarter of the measures tracked.  In addition, residents of rural areas experienced lower access to care for 40% of measures compared with those living in suburbs.


Fact Sheets

August 28, 2015

Active Places for Rural Communities

Three factsheets highlight SRTS in rural settings

The Safe Routes to School National Partnership has developed three new factsheets to help overcome obstacles and get rural dwellers the health benefits of walking and bicycling. The first provides an introduction to Safe Routes to School (SRTS) and highlights why SRTS is good for rural communities. The second explores the challenges of SRTS in rural areas, and highlights successful rural programs and the innovative approaches they’ve used to overcome hurdles. The third takes on rural active transportation generally, setting out an approach for how rural communities can support walking and bicycling more broadly.

Midwest Heart Failure Quarterly Webinar

August 28, 2015

Save The Date!
September 9, 2015

Clinical Implications of Entresto


Research Alert: Area Deprivation is Higher Among Rural Counties—but Not All Rural Counties are Deprived

August 28, 2015

Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

Area Deprivation is Higher Among Rural Counties—but Not All Rural Counties are Deprived

This brief is the first of two in a series that provides policy makers and interested parties with information on the role of residence and community deprivation on potentially avoidable hospitalizations among children. This brief describes the development of the area deprivation index, examines area deprivation across all U.S. counties, and describes findings when applied to rates of potentially avoidable hospitalizations among a nine-state sample of children.

For more information, see additional factsheet.

Contact Information:

Janice C. Probst, PhD
South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
Phone: 803.251.6317

Additional Resources of Interest:

More information from the Rural Assistance Center, Rural Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Trauma, Healthcare Access in Rural Communities, Rural Hospitals, Rural Health Disparities topic guide.

Upcoming Calls for Practitioners & Hospitals – Register Now!

August 28, 2015

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Physician Assistant Workforce-2015

August 26, 2015

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FREE Evidence-Based Decision Making Training

August 20, 2015

The Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services and the Prevention Research Center in St. Louis will be offering an Evidence-Based Decision Making course on August 26-28, 2015, at the Saint Louis University Salus Center.  We realize this is short notice, but the course has several available seats.  We want to make sure all of our contacts throughout the state and especially those in the St. Louis region are aware of this free training opportunity.

To register for the course, please complete the form at the following website before close of business on Friday, August 21, 2015.  If you are interested in registering after that time, please contact the course coordinator directly.  Her contact information is included at the end of this e-mail.

The material covered in the course applies to all public health stakeholders who are seeking to use resources effectively and efficiently.  The course is designed to increase participants’ understanding of evidence-based principles and to increase the utilization of systematic approaches in day-to-day public health practice.

The course begins at 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 26, and ends at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, August 28.   A flier with additional information is attached.   For more information, please contact Linda Dix, Evidence-Based Public Health Course Coordinator, at 314-935-0121 or