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Missouri Needs Assessment for Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

May 5, 2017

Every 5 years, the state of Missouri conducts a needs assessment that is used to inform the development of a Missouri Five Year Plan designed to improve services and supports for individuals with Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) and their families. This year, needs assessments are being conducted with both TBI survivors and professionals who may provide supports and services to TBI survivors  through a collaborative effort between the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, the Brain Injury Association of Missouri, and the University of Missouri-Kansas City Institute for Human Development. By completing this online survey  you will be helping us develop a plan to improve access to comprehensive, multidisciplinary, coordinated, and easily accessible systems of care for folks with TBI (See Link below). We have also attached a paper copy of the survey for your convenience.  Your opinions and responses are very important to this effort!

Survey for professionals

Survey for TBI survivors and their families

Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

May 5, 2017

View the Research Alert.

Rural Health Information Hub

May 3, 2017

View the Rural Health Information Hub updates.

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

May 2, 2017

What’s New

The Role of Medicaid in Rural AmericaA new brief from the Kaiser Family Foundation describes Medicaid’s role for 52 million children and nonelderly adults living in the most rural areas in the United States and discusses how expansions or reductions in Medicaid could affect rural areas. According to the report, Medicaid plays a central role in helping to fill gaps in private coverage in rural areas.  Although private insurance accounts for the largest share of health coverage in rural areas, nonelderly individuals in rural areas are less likely to have private insurance compared to those in urban and other areas (61% vs. 64% respectively). Medicaid  helps fill the gap in private coverage, covering nearly one in four (24%) nonelderly individuals in rural areas and, in many states, Medicaid coverage rates are higher in rural areas than in urban or other areas.

Awareness for Children’s Mental Health.  On Thursday, May 4th the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will focus on the importance of social, emotional, behavioral, and physical health needs of children, youth, and young adults.  A national broadcast scheduled for 7:00 pm ET will feature an interactive panel discussion on mental and behavioral health needs and effective strategies.  Last month, the CDC issued a report on mental and behavioral health for children as part of its series on health in rural areas.  On Wednesday, May 3rd, the Rural Health Information Hub will have a discussion of the report with Q&A. See events section below for details.

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CMS Region 7 Update

May 1, 2017

View the update.

Rural Health Research & Policy Centers

May 1, 2017

View the Research Alert.

Announcements from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy

April 28, 2017

FORHP Special Announcement

New Data From the CDC on Rural Health

Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs in Nonmetropolitan Counties

New data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention show that, despite higher prevalence of diabetes in rural areas of the country, a significant number of rural counties do not have a clinical practice or program that educates individuals on diabetes prevention or care.  According to the latest release in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report Rural Health Series, 62% of non-metropolitan counties did not have diabetes self-management education (DSME). Preventive care and self-management such as routine medical visits, glucose self-monitoring, and healthy dietary and physical activity can prevent or delay costly complications.   The report discusses factors impacting this lack of availability of DSME programs in rural communities as well as the need to strategically address rural disparities in diabetes care and outcomes.

These findings also emphasize the need for chronic care management in rural communities.  FORHP has joined with the CMS Office of Minority Health this year on a nationwide education initiative about the mutual benefit of the patient-provider partnership in managing chronic conditions.  To join this effort, check out Connected Care for details about new chronic care management services and resources for patients, as well as billing codes and specific requirements for Rural Health Clinics and Federally Qualified Health Centers.

The Rural Health Information Hub also has a wealth of information and resources on diabetes prevention and management, including toolkits and case studies on effective programs in rural communities.