The RHIhub ended the year with a recap of the Top 10 Rural Monitor Articles of 2018, featuring stories on young rural healthcare leaders, rural EMS recruitment and retention, social determinants of health, death certificates as important public health documents, rural general surgeons, and more.
Other new articles in the Rural Monitor include:
- Taking Flight: Charity Airplane Services Transport Patients to Medical Care – Distance to a specialty care center hundreds of miles away makes for a long, uncomfortable, and expensive road trip for rural patients. Charitable flight services make access to treatment much easier and more affordable for veterans, cancer patients, the chronically ill, and even abused children.
- Mizzou Educates the Next Generation of Rural Providers through Lectures, Clerkships, and Community Integration – The MU AHEC Rural Track Pipeline Program uses a lecture series, rural clerkships, and a community integration project to expose students to life and medicine in rural Missouri. Melissa Van Dyne of the Missouri Office of Primary Care and Rural Health explains how dedicating the state’s SORH match to the program allowed for its expansion. One new model features one piece of this program. The University of Missouri School of Medicine’s Rural Track Elective Program expanded training sites and curriculum offerings.
RHIhub has several other new Models and Innovations:
- Community Healthcare Integrated Paramedicine Program (CHIPP) – Community paramedicine program serving older adults in rural Santa Cruz County, Arizona.
- Domestic Violence Enhanced Home Visitation Program (DOVE) – Brochure-based and safety planning intervention for existing home visiting programs aimed at reducing interpersonal violence against pregnant women
- Southwest Health System Antibiotic Stewardship Program – Antibiotic stewardship program in a Colorado health system implemented across the care continuum to minimize antibiotic resistance patterns and recognize antibiotic patient safety issues.
- Blood Pressure Self-Monitoring Stations – Blood pressure self-monitoring stations allow rural West Virginians to check their numbers and share results with their providers.
- Pathways to Healthcare Professions – South Dakota- and Nebraska-based program that helps Native Americans earn industry-recognized healthcare certifications and post-secondary degrees. So far, 109 graduates have found employment in healthcare occupations.
The topic guide on Rural Long-Term Care Facilities has been updated with new information throughout. Also, two new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on quality initiatives and oral healthcare were added.