- Rural Aging in Place Toolkit– This toolkit compiles model programs and resources to help organizations implement sustainable programs to support and provide services to older adults wishing to remain in their homes and communities as they age.
- Chronic Disease in Rural America – This new topic guide provides an overview of chronic disease generally as well as specific conditions, including heart disease and stroke, cancer, diabetes, chronic respiratory conditions, arthritis, and HIV/AIDs.
Another webinar in the Insights from the CDC MMWR Rural Health Series was held: Understanding Health Disparities in Rural America. The webinar featured speakers from the CMS Office of Minority Health, the CDC Office of Minority Health and Health Equity, and two FORHP Outreach Grantees who are working to address these disparities in their communities.
Many new Models and Innovations are available, including:
- Montana “Team Up. Pressure Down.” Blood Pressure Medication Adherence Project – Since patients with high blood pressure see their pharmacist more often than they see their provider, Montana pharmacists distributed the Million Hearts Initiative’s “Team Up. Pressure Down.” materials and provided consultations.
- COPD Readmission Prevention Program – Genesis Health System in rural Ohio created a readmission prevention program centered in care coordination to make a difference for their COPD patients.
- Rural and Underserved APRN Project – The Rural and Underserved APRN Project recruits RNs in rural Colorado and supports them as they train to become advanced practice registered nurses and provide primary care in underserved communities.
- SCDMH Emergency Department Telepsychiatry Consultation Program – The South Carolina Department of Mental Health has teamed up with others to create a telepsychiatry program, connecting patients in rural emergency departments to psychiatrists.
A Twitter chat on Adverse Childhood Experiences in Rural Areas was held with help from the following expert co-hosts: Martha Davis, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation; Kate Powers, Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative; Adrienne Coopey, Buncombe ACE Learning Collaborative; and Herb Kuhn, Leslie Porth, and Mat Reidhead, Missouri Hospital Association. A Storify of the chat is available on the website.
Finally, the RHIhub celebrated its 15th Anniversary on December 11, 2017! In honor of this event, Kristine Sande, Program Director, wrote the Rural Monitor article: From the Director: Celebrating 15 Years of RHIhub. In this article, you will find RHIhub facts and statistics and 15 Things You Can Do On RHIhub.
Thanks to NOSORH and the SORHs for 15 years of partnership as we’ve worked together to serve rural America!