Category Archives: Health
October 18, 2018
Surgeon General’s Call to Action on Community Health and Prosperity. Rural stakeholders have until Monday, November 5th to offer comment on the Surgeon General’s efforts focusing on how local investments have the potential to improve the health and prosperity of communities. This opportunity for public comment provides a way to ensure that the broader national effort includes a specific focus on rural issues. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is working with the Surgeon General’s Office on this effort and the goal is to use the information from the public to help guide this effort. Rural stakeholders are encouraged to submit written views, recommendations, and data about how investing in communities can improve health and prosperity and unique characteristics of rural communities that need to be taken into account in the larger effort by the Surgeon General.
New Report: Life in Rural America. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) published a report this week with findings from a survey of rural adults “to understand the current views and experiences of rural Americans on economic and health issues.” Respondents were optimistic overall, citing positive job prospects and connection with their communities. Of the challenges in rural areas, more than 25 percent of those surveyed cited drug abuse as the biggest problem facing their local community. The second largest concern, at 21 percent, was economic, including poverty and the availability of jobs. The report challenges the idea that all rural Americans are the same and examines major differences between young and old, those with and without a college degree, and between White residents and minorities. Earlier this year, RWJF issued its annual County Health Rankings. That report included an explicit call to action for community leaders to examine local data and learn more about the social and economic factors in each community that impact health outcomes. (more…)
September 27, 2018
Award to Support Rural Opioid Response Initiative. HRSA announced that JBS International has been awarded a cooperative agreement to assist new grantees of the Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) announced last week. The agreement with JBS, administered through HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, will provide expertise to RCORP communities as they establish an infrastructure for sustainable treatment resources, build partnerships across social service and health sectors, and implement new models of care for treating opioid use disorder.
2017 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report. This new report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) tracks more than 300 healthcare measures, organized around the access to care, quality of care, disparities of care, and six priority areas, including patient safety, person-centered care, care coordination, effective treatment, healthy living, and care affordability. Non-metropolitan areas saw improvements in some measures of effective care for cancer, care coordination and patient safety but disparities still persisted in care coordination, patient safety, infant mortality, person-centered care, and access to care. (more…)
September 24, 2018
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September 20, 2018
HRSA Awards Rural Communities to Combat the Opioid Crisis. This includes $25.5 million to over 120 rural organizations to increase access to substance abuse prevention and treatment services serving rural populations across the country. Specifically, $19 million was awarded to 95 organizations under FORHP’s Rural Communities Opioid Response Program-Planning and nearly $6.5 million to 26 rural organizations to expand the reach of the Rural Health Opioid Program. In addition, nearly $400 million is going to support 1,232 health centers across the country. To learn about HRSA-supported resources, please visit HRSA’s Opioid Crisis page.
NAS Workshop: Achieving Rural Health Equity and Well-Being. The National Academies of Science (NAS) convened a workshop in 2017 “to explore the impacts of economic, demographic, and social issues in rural communities and to learn about asset-based approaches to addressing the associated challenges.” The NAS has just released a report of the presentations and discussions from the workshop.
State of Obesity 2018 Report. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Trust for America’s Health have released the 15th annual State of Obesity report, announcing an “urgent need to increase evidence-based obesity prevention programs.” Based on data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System, the report finds that adult obesity rates are at or above 35 percent in seven mostly-rural states: Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma and West Virginia. Also this week, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force released a final recommendation on behavioral weight loss interventions. (more…)
August 30, 2018
SAMHSA Rural Opioids Technical Assistance Grants – September 20. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) will make 15 awards with total funding of $8.25 million to develop and disseminate training and technical assistance for opioid use disorder efforts in rural communities. Successful applicants will be current USDA Cooperative Extensions grantees with a focus on opioids that will provide research-based knowledge to strengthen the social, economic and environmental well-being of families, communities and agriculture enterprises.
Johns Hopkins American Indian Scholars Program – November 1. American Indian and Alaska Native scholars, health leaders, health professionals, and paraprofessionals serving tribal communities can apply for financial support to attend training at Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health. The scholarship covers travel to and from Baltimore, hotel accommodation in a room shared with another student, course materials including books, and full academic credit tuition for one 5-day course. A Bachelor’s degree is required, with a minimum GPA of 2.75. The Johns Hopkins Center for American Indian Health works in partnership with tribal communities, which are mostly rural, to design culturally-appropriate public health programs.
Rural Health Network Development Planning Program – November 30. Public or private nonprofit organizations forming a consortium of three or more health providers in a rural community may be eligible to apply for funding administered by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy at the Health Resources and Services Administration. The purpose of the Network Planning program (a one-year planning grant) is to strengthen the rural health care system through community-level networks that can align resources and strategies, achieve economies of scale and efficiencies, and address challenges more effectively as a group than as single providers. (more…)