The RHIhub has been busy this month! Check out their new and upcoming content:
Rural Monitor Articles:
- Bringing Change for Rural COPD Patients: Possibilities with the COPD National Action Plan
- Achieving Telehealth’s Promise for Rural Health: Insights from Telehealth Leaders
- Southwest Telehealth Resource Center Helps Rural Providers Connect
Webinars and Twitter Chats
At the end of August, RHIHub hosted the most recent installment of the Insights from the CDC MMWR Rural Health Series Webinars that highlight CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports. A recording of Rural Cancer: Data, Disparities, and Determination, featuring speakers from the CDC, NIH’s National Cancer Institute, and the Southwest Rural Health Research Center at Texas A&M Health Science Center, is available online.
RHIhub will host a webinar on Tobacco Control and Prevention on September 26, 2017 at 1:00 pm Central. This webinar will feature speakers from the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, the Vermont Department of Health, and the Southern Coalfields Regional Tobacco Prevention Coalition.
A Twitter Chat was held on August 24, 2017 on Agricultural Health and Safety, with expert co-hosts from the AgriSafe Network, MHP Salud, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the National Farmers Union, the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, and Pennsylvania State University. A Storify of this chat, which will allow you to read through it if you missed it, is available online.
Several new videos have been added to the Rural Programs Making a Difference series, which highlights programs featured in Models and Innovations.
- SLV N.E.E.D. (Naloxone – Education – Empowerment – Distribution) highlights the work being done by the San Luis Valley NEED program to reverse opioid overdoses in 6 rural Colorado counties by training first responders in naloxone distribution and partnering with pharmacies to make naloxone more accessible.
- Leveraging Resources for Greater Impact details the Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership, which connects federal funders with local philanthropists to help rural areas get the necessary funding they need to improve health in their communities.
- Williamson Health and Wellness Center features the work of Community Health Workers in West Virginia who work with rural patients to manage chronic illnesses, connect to community resources, and provide health education.
- Medical Home Plus highlights the work of the Medical Home Plus project in reducing diabetes, depression, and stroke risks in 3 rural Idaho counties, including parts of the Nez Perce Indian Reservation, by connecting residents with primary care providers, active nurse case managers, and integrated community resources workers.
- Spit It Out details a collaboration between the Southern Coalfields Tobacco Prevention Coalition Network and mining companies in 6 West Virginia counties to reduce smokeless tobacco use.
Models & Innovations
There are 11 new Models and Innovations from across the country:
- About 18% of veterans with HIV live in rural areas, where there’s little access to specialty care. Telehealth Collaborative Care connects these patients with HIV specialists via telehealth and connects these specialists with primary care teams to provide “shared care.”
- The West Virginia University Extension Service’s Love Your Heart and Health Motivator programs improve the health of rural West Virginia residents.
- The MaineGeneral Harm Reduction Program trains healthcare staff and healthcare responders and educates the public about opioid overdose risks and naloxone use.
- The Outer Cape Health Services Community Resource Navigator Program helps rural Massachusetts clients get access to local social, behavioral, and substance abuse agencies in a coordinated fashion.
- To reduce prescription opioid misuse and overdoses in North Carolina, the Integrated Chronic Pain Treatment and Training Project standardizes and streamlines chronic pain management in primary care clinics.
- The Morrison County Accountable Community for Health brings together community stakeholders to reduce opioid use and overdose.
- To increase access to an allergy/asthma/immunology specialist for children in rural Kansas and Missouri, Children’s Mercy Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology Telemedicine in Kansas City offers visits remotely.
- To improve the physical health of those seeking mental healthcare, Washington’s Kitsap Mental Health Services: Race to Health! program integrates mental health, substance use disorder treatment, and primary care for individuals with severe mental illness.
- University of Washington’s School of Dentistry’s Regional Initiatives in Dental Education (RIDE) program is training “super generalist” dentists to specifically meet the unique oral health needs of patients in rural and underserved areas.
- The Alabama Public Health Telehealth Network uses county health departments as telehealth originating sites.
- Lunch Express Summer Food Program – Nearly 350 rural kids are receiving free lunch during the summer through Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee’s repurposed school buses.