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Rural Health Quarterly Fall 2022

RHQ is pleased to present our Fall 2022 issue, highlighting the new Julia Jones Matthews School of Population and Public Health.

Cover Story – What is Population and Population Health?

New! – A message from Dr. Darrin D’Agostino, Provost and Chief Academic Officer for TTUHSC

RHQ Conference Calendar – U.S. rural health conferences, updated for late 2022 to 2023

Rural Health Quarterly Summer 2022

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RHQ is pleased to present our Summer 2022 issue.

Cover Story – Hopes for Drones Fly High to Improve Rural Healthcare Access

Rural Reports – Updated rural health reporting from across the nation and around the world

RHQ Conference Calendar – Upcoming U.S. rural health conferences

Rural Health Quarterly Spring 2022

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RHQ is pleased to present our Spring 2022 issue.

Cover Story – Treating Obesity in Rural Children: Are There Any Solutions?

Rural Reports – Rural health reporting from across the nation and around the world

RHQ Conference Calendar – Upcoming U.S. rural health conferences

Native American Tribes To Receive Millions in Opioid Settlement With J&J, Others

In a new story from The Washington Post, hundreds of federally-recognized Native American tribes have agreed to a settlement with Johnson & Johnson and three other major drug distributors, and will receive $665 million in damages to compensate for tribal devastation from the opioid epidemic.

From the story: “McKesson, Cardinal Health and AmerisourceBergen would pay $515 million over seven years and Johnson & Johnson would contribute $150 million in two years to the federally recognized tribes, resolving litigation in dozens of states with tribal reservations, according to documents filed Tuesday in federal court in Cleveland. The tribes claim they were saturated by highly addictive painkillers manufactured by J&J and shipped by the distributors without regard for the clear signs of abuse and death. The companies deny wrongdoing, saying they complied with federal drug laws. The funds would be directed to addiction treatment and prevention programs.

The deal, similar to terms reached by the companies with states, counties and cities for $26 billion, also marks a first for Native American tribes that are often relegated to the sidelines in mass tort litigation, such as in the Big Tobacco litigation of the 1990s.”

With Native Americans statistically more likely to die from an opioid overdose, 50% more according to WaPo, the settlement money will be used to fund drug treatment programs and tribal government efforts to curb opioid use.

To red the rest of the story, click here.

SOURCE: The Rural Blog, The Washington Post

Daily Yonder: Rural Death Rate Climbs 20%, But Omicron Surge May Be Passing

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In the latest rural COVID-19 update from The Daily Yonder, the rural death rate from COVID has surged an extra 20%, even though the new infection rate has fallen off.

As of Jan. 29, the rural death rate is 17% higher than the metropolitan rate, with 150,440 rural Americans dead of COVID over the past two years.

From the update: “Rural counties reported 640,000 new infections last week, down about 14,000 from last week’s record-breaking tally. The 2% decline in new cases was the first weekly decrease in rural infections since Christmas.

New cases in metropolitan counties declined for the second week in a row, dropping about 16% to about 3,335,000.

Even though the infection is dropping nationally, the number of new cases remains extremely high compared to previous surges. In fact, the high rates make this week’s map a bit monotoned. Counties with more than 500 new cases per 100,000 residents are shown in black (rural) and gray (metropolitan). This constitutes all but a handful of counties nationally.”

According to the Yonder, Louisiana currently holds the top spot for most rural infections at 2,600 per 100,000, with Maine having the lowest at 432 per 100,000.

To read the rest of the update and see the data, click here.

SOURCE: The Daily Yonder