The RHIhub published a new Evidence-Based Toolkits for Rural Community Health on Rural Food Access. Created in collaboration with the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center, this toolkit is designed to guide you through the creation of a sustainable program to improve food access in rural communities with program models and resources to assist from development through implementation and evaluation.

There are two new articles in the Rural Monitor:

Two Topic Guides have been updated:

  • Substance Abuse in Rural Areas – This guide has been updated with a new FAQ on opioid use disorder, including new data and information on medication assisted treatment and social harm. We also have new substance abuse prevention models and new data on all kinds of substance abuse.
  • Finding Statistics and Data Related to Rural Health – This guide has been updated with new information and resources. We’ve also added several new items to the Data Sources and Tools Relevant to Rural Health section, many of which provide statistics and data on opioid use in rural areas.

RHIhub hosted a webinar on Improving Access to Transportation in Rural Communities with the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis on February 12, 2018. This webinar featured speakers from ITNAmerica, HealthTran, and Community Asset Builders. A recording is available online.

There are also new Models and Innovations:

  • Futures Without Violence in Tillamook County – Through Futures Without Violence, the Tillamook County Women’s Resource Center provides an intimate partner violence advocate at a rural Oregon health center to counsel survivors and education medical staff.
  • Vermont Farm Health & Safety Coalition – The Vermont Farm Health & Safety Coalition educates both farmers and healthcare providers on farm safety, health risks, and treatment for injuries.

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