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The Indiana State Department of Health has awarded $127,000 to first responders serving 34 rural counties to help prevent fatal overdoses. The funding will be used to provide 3,388 naloxone kits, train first responders on administering naloxone, and expand referrals...
The growth of telemedicine in Georgia continues. A new federal grant will allow Augusta University to create a two-way connection with emergency rooms at five rural Georgia hospitals, providing remote consultation and health care services to their ER patients. The...
Colorado’s Senate has given initial approval to a bill that would expedite the construction of high-speed broadband service in rural areas by taking money from a state fund that has long subsidized rural telephone service. Gov. John Hickenlooper says he...
Florida’s Senate Health Policy Committee has approved legislation to allow the creation of “remote dispensing site pharmacies.” Committee Chairwoman Dana Young said the bill provides increased access to pharmaceutical services that are not always available in rural areas. SOURCE: www.pharmacist.com
Alaska’s Statewide Suicide Prevention Council recently published a five-year plan outlining problem areas and strategies. The sparsely populated region of Alaska known as the Kusilvak Census Area, home primarily to Alaska Natives who mostly work in the fishing industry, has...

State of Crisis

Over the last few years, all eyes have been on Texas women’s health, from the controversial defunding of family planning programs to an increase in maternal mortality rates. Texas not only has the highest maternal mortality rate in the...

Recovery Room

In 2013, 35-year-old Ryann Hancock was busted for manufacturing methamphetamine. She lived in Dawson, Georgia, her life had been off track for some time, and she lost custody of her son after being charged with a felony. That same year,...
This story was produced by Side Effects Public Media. Bram Sable-Smith is reporting this series during a yearlong Reporting Fellowship sponsored by the Association of Health Care Journalists and The Commonwealth Fund.    When the hospital closed in rural Ellington, Missouri,...
Resistance to antibiotic treatment is making gonorrhea – a common sexually-transmitted infection that can lead to infertility – much more difficult, and sometimes impossible, to treat, which is troublesome, especially in some rural areas of the U.S. where public...

All About Access

BY RYAN N. SCHMIDT, PHD, MBA, MS, CMRP ROBERT POSTERARO, MD, MBI, FACR SHARON HUNT, MBA, FACHE The purpose of this article is to highlight the challenges and concerns that surround the commonly heard term called “access” to care. Often times, people simply...
The AHEC (Area Health Education Centers) program was developed by Congress in 1971 to recruit, train and retain a health professions workforce committed to underserved populations. Today, 56 AHEC programs with more than 235 centers operate in almost every state...
As much as 41 percent of smog-causing nitrogen oxide emissions in California are coming from heavy fertilizer use in the state’s Central Valley, according to a new report released by UC Davis researchers. The fertilizers simulate soil microbes that can...
The state of Hawaii will build a new 144-bed forensic psychiatric facility to help ease overcrowding at the Windward Oahu campus. Site work is scheduled to start in March on the five-acre site in Kaneohe and will be completed...
Since early 2009, Texas A&M University’s Telehealth Counseling Clinic, in Bryan, Texas, has been offering free mental health counseling sessions to underserved individuals in the rural Brazos Valley Region. The program began in Leon County to the north and,...