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Stan Brock, founder of the Knoxville-based Remote Area Medical (RAM) organization, died on August 29 in Rockford, Tennessee at the age of 82. RAM clinics...
For several months in 2015, disgruntled patients in the emergency department at Ellenville Regional Hospital, a 25-bed facility in rural Ulster County, New York, were giving President and CEO Steven Kelley an earful about his staff. Kelley says a...
As medical director of the Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic in Johns Island, South Carolina, Richard Ulmer, MD., knows the challenges patients in rural areas face when it comes to receiving appropriate medical care and accessing physician specialists. The clinic,...
Imagine practicing in a rural area. Things are going along relatively smoothly, with the joys of day-to-day practice outweighing the challenges. Then suddenly, your area is cut in two, and a good chunk of your population can’t access health...
Glyphosate is one of the most popular and notorious herbicides used in the United States. Glyphosate was patented – under the name of Roundup – by the agrochemical giant Monsanto (now owned by Bayer AG) in 1974 and has...
Food insecurity. That’s a new term for many. In a fashion, it means not knowing where your next meal is coming from. It can also mean not having access to the kinds of food that your body needs or...
Diane Rohlman, an associate professor at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, made a tough appeal to the audience at the Iowa Women’s Landowner Conference last summer: “Raise your hand if you have ever thought about suicide,...
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...
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...
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...