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The following writers contributed to this story for Rural Health Quarterly: Dr. Sanjeev Arora, Karla Thornton, Miriam Komaromy, Bruce Struminger, Joanna Katzman, Matt Bouchonville, Mike Lewicki and Jennifer Snead.   For almost three years, Type 1 diabetes controlled Kaycee May’s life....
In the frontier state of Montana, where kids are taught from a young age to “cowboy up,” suicide has a stranglehold on its people. Residents, many of whom live in isolation, are killing themselves at a rate faster than...
Early in the afternoon on a temperate June day, Rodrigo Gallego drove along the mildly undulating roads of the Black Dirt Region of Orange County, New York, where, he estimated, more than 500 migrants from Puebla, Mexico work the...
There is an organization that has not been affected by any of the national health care debate or federal legislation in the last few years. Remote Area Medical (RAM) clinics have provided health care services to people who live...

Peace of Mind

For the last three years, hundreds of people have flocked to a church in Tyler, Texas during the fall for the annual Peace of Mind Tyler Mental Health Conference. At each event, mental health advocates, clinicians, educators, clergy and...

Grow or Die

This story was produced by Side Effects Public Media, a news collaborative covering public health. Bram Sable-Smith is reporting this series during a yearlong Reporting Fellowship on Health Care Performance sponsored by the Association of Health Care Journalists and...
Earlier this summer, Texas Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill into law, changing the face of telemedicine in the state. With Governor Abbott’s signature on Senate Bill 1107, physicians can now utilize telemedicine services with patients they haven’t met in...
Health professional shortages have been and continue to be a concern throughout the United States, but the rural communities are faring worse than others. Health professionals include primary care practitioners, dental and mental health providers. As noted in the...
When U.S. Census Bureau Director John Thompson unexpectedly announced his resignation in May, alarm bells went off for health researchers across the country. What affect will Thomson’s departure have on the upcoming 2020 census? And what does he know...
Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) occupies a unique position on the spectrum of emerging telehealth models that are becoming increasingly important to improving health in rural communities. Most telehealth models and programs create one-to-one connections between doctors and...
New Hampshire ranks No. 2 in the nation, behind West Virginia, for the number of opioid-related deaths relative to its population. It ranks No. 1, though, for fentanyl-related deaths per capita. Fentanyl, an opioid between 50 and 100 times stronger...
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana and Life Flight Network have reached a network agreement to provide air ambulance service in southwestern Montana. The agreement was reached after the 2017 Montana Legislature passed a bill that required health insurance and...
Nebraska lawmakers are looking for ways to increase mental health services in areas that lack psychologists, psychiatrists and counselors, but that could prove difficult amid a tight state budget Nebraska has a nearly statewide shortage of mental and behavioral health...
Centene Corp. said in a news release that it will make plans for individuals available in 40 Missouri counties over the exchange established by the Affordable Care Act. Without Centene, 25 counties in the state faced the possibility that no...