The RHIhub has just released a new toolkit on Rural Tobacco Control and Prevention. This toolkit provides evidence-based examples, promising models, best practices, and resources to help implement rural programs for tobacco control and prevention.

A video highlighting one of the programs in Models and Innovations is available. The Coast to Cascade Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) Program is a program in rural Oregon using the national CATCH curriculum to promote nutrition and fitness for kids. This and other videos highlighting RHIhub Models can be found in our YouTube playlist: Rural Programs Making a Difference.

There are several new Models and Innovations:

  • Columbia Gorge Collective Impact Health Specialist: Identifies community needs, convenes community partners to design initiatives that address those needs, and secures funding for health-related initiatives in Oregon and Washington.
  • MORE Care: Connects 23 Rural Health Clinics and 16 dental care partners in 3 states in order to better coordinate between primary and dental healthcare.
  • Reducing Hospitalizations in Medicare Beneficiaries: Vanderbilt University Medical Center and 23 skilled nursing facilities in Tennessee and Kentucky have teamed up to reduce hospital readmissions for Medicare patients.
  • Suicide Follow-Up Program: Provides phone calls and cards to North Dakota and Minnesota residents who have called suicide helplines or were referred by a healthcare provider.
  • Project Renew: FORHP Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal grantee that trains and certifies West Virginians in naloxone administration.

In honor of Men’s Health month, RHIhub featured Healthy Men Michigan both as a Model and in the Rural Monitor: Online Screening Helps Michigan Men Gauge Mental Health. This program offers help for men who struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts in rural Michigan. The site offers an anonymous, online screening for depression and suicidal tendencies, along with referrals to local resources.

Also in the Rural Monitor:

Doing Something Exceptional”: Rural Communities and Colorectal Cancer Screening Colorectal cancer stands out as a cancer with increased incidence and mortality rates in rural areas – rates that are likely influenced by lack of screening. Using different approaches, two rural healthcare organizations in Idaho and Kentucky show how they are saving lives by improving colorectal cancer screening rates in their communities.

Innovating Mental Healthcare in Texas and Beyond: Q&A with Dr. Octavio Martinez Dr. Octavio Martinez of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at The University of Texas at Austin talks about the need for change and infrastructure improvement in the mental health system to better serve rural residents.

Two topic guides have been updated:

RHIhub hosted a Twitter Chat on Rural Oral Health Access at the end of June. RHIhub was joined by Dr. Amy B. Martin from the Medical University of South Carolina, Amy Elizondo, MPH, from the National Rural Health Association, Dr. Jane Grover from the American Dental Association, and Dr. Sean Boynes from the DentaQuest Institute. If you missed it, the full transcript of the chat is available.

Join the upcoming Twitter chats using the hashtag #RuralHealthChat! Anyone can jump in!

Lastly, RHIhub will be hosting a webinar on August 30, 2017. The most recent installment of the Insights from the CDC MMWR Rural Health Series Webinars, this webinar will focus on the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from July 6, 2017 on Rural Cancer Incidence and Mortality.


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