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Maternity care in rural America is disappearing fast. Between 2004 and 2014, 9 percent of rural counties lost hospital obstetric services. Now, more than half of our nation’s rural counties lack such services. Despite 15 percent of the nation’s...
Health is fundamental to individuals, families and the economy. As Julio Frenk wrote in Harvard International Review, "Good health reduces poverty, protects family assets, improves educational performance, increases labor productivity, enhances the investment climate and, through all of these things,...
When Laurie* moved to rural western Colorado, she thought she had found a tranquil oasis to rest and die. The then-32-year-old was sober and living with HIV, but her health was waning and the mid-1990’s HIV medications were taking...
“Black lives matter.”  “Blue lives matter.”  “All lives matter.” These are slogans associated with recent events that speak to the value of life from differing vantage points. It's unfortunate that these conversations still need to be had regarding systemic biases...
Out on the South Plains of Texas where I work, most farmers will tell you not to plant until after Easter. That’s because the threat of a late freeze is negligible, the winds generally begin to die down, and...
On March 26, 2018, only three days before questions were officially submitted for use in the 2020 census, U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced that a question on citizenship would be included on the 2020 decennial census...
Refusing to accept the trauma, alcoholism, diabetes and mental illness that has hindered generations of Native Americans before them, students at Blackfeet Community College in Montana are searching for answers in the vials of blood, sweat and saliva they...
The community health worker role has evolved within the last fifteen years. The conceptualized job functions of community health workers, also known as promotoras, has consisted mostly of community outreach and education. The effectiveness of community health workers in...
Almost 3 million U.S. military veterans live in rural communities and rely on the Veterans Administration for health care. In fact, the VA allocates 32 percent of its health care budget to rural veteran care. These are well known...
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...