New Recommendations from Rural Health Committee. The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health (NACRHHS) has released two new policy briefs with recommendations to the Secretary of U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) on ways to address pressing issues. The first, Alternative Models to Preserving Access to Emergency Care, examines alternatives for provision of emergency care and ancillary services in the light of the recent surge in rural hospital closures. The Committee is concerned with how rural communities can maintain timely access to emergency and other core healthcare services in communities too small to support a full-service hospital but which need more services than offered by a typical primary care clinic. Families in Crisis: The Human Service Implications of Rural Opioid Misuse discusses opioid use disorder in rural areas, which face great challenges given their limited health and social service infrastructure. Fatal opioid overdoses in rural areas have increased at unprecedented rates from 2012-2014 and now are as high as or higher than rates in all metro areas. The Committee issued several recommendations on how the Department can respond to this crisis. Save the date and watch this space for details about a webinar on Thursday, September 29 at 2:00 pm ET to discuss the Committee’s findings. The NACRHHS is a Federal advisory committee with 21 members appointed by the HHS Secretary. Each year, the Committee produces a series of briefs on key rural health and human service topics with recommendations for the Secretary. More information about the Committee is available at http://www.hrsa.gov/advisorycommittees/rural/.