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…)