The Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) will be hosting the second webinar in its series focusing on the findings of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports on Rural Health on Wednesday, May 3, at 12:00 pm ET. This webinar, Mental and Behavioral Health of Rural Children – Insights from the CDC MMWR Rural Health Series, focuses on the factors affecting mental and behavioral health for rural children and ways that these health needs can be addressed at the community level.
The RHIhub published new articles in the Rural Monitor:
- The Sky’s the Limit: Potential of Drone Usage in Rural Healthcare highlights the present use and the future potential of drones as a means of increasing access and improving emergency response times for people in rural areas.
- Rural Health Literacy: Understanding Skills and Demands is Key to Improvement is the first of a two-part series on Rural Health Literacy. This first article provides an overview of what health literacy is, the impact health literacy has on health, and the way research on the topic is changing. Part two will be published on May 3, 2017.
The RHIhub released a new toolkit, the Rural Health Networks and Coalitions Toolkit, which provides resources, strategies, and examples to communities who are considering developing a new or expanding an existing health network or coalition.
The RHIhub also has two new Models and Innovations:
- Closing Preventative Care Gaps in Underserved Areas features the collaboration of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and an academic center to adapt and implement an office-based to increase preventative care measures, including cancer screenings, in Appalachian Kentucky.
- Together We Can Be Bully Free details a program started by Union General, a Critical Access Hospital in rural Louisiana, in response to growing concerns in the community about youth bullying and suicide.
Finally, the RHIhub will be hosting month Twitter Chats on topics relevant to rural health. Our inaugural Twitter chat, #RuralHealthChat: Rural Health Literacy was held on April 27, 2017 with expert co-hosts from the University of Michigan, the National Institutes of Health, and the UAMS Center for Health Literacy. A Storify of the chat is available which allows you to read the tweets chronologically. Our next #RuralHealthChat on rural health networks and coalitions will be on May 25, 2017 at 11 am CT.