The RHIhub has a new topic guide on the Rural Response to the Opioid Crisis. The guide identifies rural-specific initiatives and funding opportunities, program examples, and tools and resources focused on prevention, harm reduction, and treatment, to help address this crisis in your rural communities.
We’ve also updated other Topic Guides:
- Rural Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and Trauma
- Health and Healthcare in Frontier Areas
- Community Paramedicine
We have two new articles in the Rural Monitor:
- Comprehensive Rural Population Health: Where is the General Surgeon? – Moving the conversation away from finances, advocates share why general surgery plays an important role in a comprehensive rural population health strategy by delivering the right care in the right place at the right time.
- Oregon Washington Health Network and Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center “Tackle Everything” to Improve the Health of Local Community Members – The Oregon Washington Health Network, with founding member Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center, is improving its service area’s health outcomes through peer counselors, community classes and events, and recruitment/retention efforts.
Our Rural Health Promotion and Disease Prevention toolkit has received its annual update. Created in collaboration with the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis and the University of Minnesota’s Rural Health Research Center, this toolkit is designed to help organizations identify and implement sustainable health promotion programs in their rural communities.
We have several new Models and Innovations:
- Bridges to Care Transitions-Remote Home Monitoring and Chronic Disease Self-Management – Virginia’s Bay Rivers Telehealth Alliance, a HRSA 2018 Rural Health Champion, shares the “how-tos” in addition to the impact of a remote patient monitoring project.
- Jana’s Campaign: Love Doesn’t Hurt – Jana’s Campaign’s Love Doesn’t Hurt project has led school-based initiatives to reduce gender and relationship violence in 67 rural counties in Kansas, 33 rural counties in Nebraska, and 10 rural counties in Colorado.
- Tele-ICU for Veterans – A Veterans Affairs (VA) facility in Oklahoma uses teleconferencing equipment to connect with Cincinnati VA providers so urban specialists can help monitor patients and consult with rural clinical staff.
- Energy Capital Cooperative Child Care (ECCCC) – To bring needed child care into the region, eight employers—including local healthcare facilities—in rural Mercer County, North Dakota, formed this nonprofit.
- Vermont Hub-and-Spoke Model of Care for Opioid Use Disorder – The Vermont Department of Health and the Vermont Blueprint for Health created a Hub and Spoke treatment model to increase access for those with opioid use disorder.
- COPD Inpatient Navigator Program – Through CHI Mercy Health’s Mercy Medical Center in rural Oregon, this program impacts quality of life in addition to decreasing readmission rates.
- The Minnesota Integrative Behavioral Health Program – Hospital, primary care, and community service representatives collaborate during strategy sessions at the Minnesota Integrative Behavioral Health Program. This program was started by the Rural Health Innovations’ National Rural Health Resource Center in response to a statewide need for behavioral health solutions.
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