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In late June, Governor Ned Lamont signed legislation that made Connecticut the latest state to allow dentists to hire dental therapists. The trend is part of an effort to expand oral health care to underserved communities. Like dental hygienists, dental...
David Holcombe, medical director for Region 6 of the Louisiana Office of Public Health, recalls the day he received the 2015 statistics from the Bureau of Family Health. “I went beserk and immediately wrote an article for the local...
Back in 2014, Linda Jablonski and her fellow nurses at The Birthplace made a startling observation: the percentage of substance-exposed newborns had nearly doubled since the previous year. Seven percent of the newborns delivered in their midwifery-based maternity care...

VA MISSION Act

According to the most recent US Census, an estimated 18.2 million veterans are living in the United States, with roughly 4.7 million veterans residing in rural areas. Veterans who live in rural areas often have less access to care...
I came across a case and commentary article in the AMA Journal of Ethics about what should be done in the event of a hospital closure. In it the authors present a case about the imminent closure of a...
I remember when the upcoming start to school was dreaded by nearly everyone I knew, not because it meant giving up the freedom of summer but because it meant shots and seeing the dentist. Growing up in mostly rural...

Family Pharma

Reddick, Florida, is a sluggish town. In the heart of horse country, the town of 500 is halfway between the city of Ocala, a mecca for international horse breeding, and Gainesville, a university town. Speckled ponies graze listlessly amidst wildflowers...
There once was a time when Americans with terminal illnesses, including those living on the frontier, were likely to die at home, surrounded by extended families. Hospice care was developed to help dying patients remain in their own homes...

A Country Crisis

In 2015, U.S. Representative Sam Graves of Missouri introduced The Save the Rural Hospitals Act to stem hospital closures and provide an innovative emergency care model for patients in need. The bipartisan bill (H.R. 2957), reintroduced in 2017, endeavors to...
Over 10,000 Americans turn 65 years old each day, and 1 in 4 of these seniors live in rural areas and small towns. Along with the many challenges that come with growing older, social isolation is a public health issue,...
In a ruling with national implications, a federal judge has set aside two 1115 waivers that allowed states to impose work requirements on able-bodied Medicaid recipients as a condition of coverage. On March 27, 2019, U.S. District Judge James...
By the time you read this, I hope to have completed my first 44 hours, maybe more, toward a certificate as a Personal and Executive Coach. What is that, you may wonder? It’s an emergent field of potential development that...
    2018 U.S. RURAL HEALTH REPORT CARD - Grading the state of rural health in America RURAL REPORTS - Rural health reporting from across the nation and around the world RHQ CONFERENCE CALENDAR - Upcoming U.S. rural health conferences   RHQ is pleased to present our...
Just after midnight on July first, the Winnebago Tribal Council hoisted their tribal flag over the lone, 13-bed hospital in Winnebago, Nebraska. That made it official. The hospital was under new management. Until that moment, the facility was called the...