The RHIhub launched a new evidence-based Rural Telehealth Toolkit. Developed in collaboration with the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, this toolkit is designed to help rural organizations that are looking to start a telehealth program to address health issues in their communities.
The webinar Introducing the Telehealth Toolkit will be held on June 5th. Tune in to learn more about the toolkit and hear from some successful programs about their lessons learned. Featured speakers include:
- Luciana Rocha, MPH, Principal Research Analyst at the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
- Susan Maley, MPH, PhD, managed the Rural Veterans Health Access Program from 2014 to 2018
- David Scott, MPH, PhD, RPh, Professor of Pharmacy Practice at the School of Pharmacy, NDSU College of Health Professions
- Danielle Louder, Program Director for the Northeast Telehealth Resource Center (NETRC)
The Rural Monitor featured three new articles:
- Reducing Cancer Among Native Populations: Models for Research, Prevention, and Treatment – Cancer has become one of the leading causes of death for American Indian and Alaskan Native populations. In this article, a cancer researcher, foundation director, and medical professional share their models that engage these populations in cancer research, prevention, and treatment.
- Preventing Farmer Suicides through Helplines and Farm Visits – Difficult economic conditions have caused many farmers to experience high levels of stress and a sense of hopelessness about saving their business and way of life. The Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline and NY FarmNet are working to improve farmers’ mental health and prevent suicides.
- The Power of Three: Rural Schools, Healthcare Providers, and a Rural Health Association Collaborate to Expand Primary Care Access Using School-based Telehealth – The Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA) is using federal funding to support a project that, to date, has linked 18 rural schools with 10 local provider organizations, delivering school-based telehealth to hundreds of the state’s rural students. “Virtual telehealth librarians” from another federally-funded IRHA project, provided technical assistance.
There are three new Models and Innovations now available:
- Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline – The Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline is a free, confidential helpline available 24/7 for farmers and farm families to connect with counselors, help with daily living (like childcare or food assistance), and financial/legal advice.
- Health Advocacy Summit – HAS provides free one-day conferences for young adults with chronic or rare conditions to access health and educational resources and build a community of peers and advocates.
- My Virtual Clinic School-based Telehealth Program – An Indiana rural health association, four Rural Health Clinics, and several rural school districts collaborate to expand healthcare access to schools.
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or COPD, is a progressive disease of the lungs that causes shortness of breath. With a high prevalence rate in rural America, it is also considered a preventable cause of death. Learn more about COPD and the efforts needed to impact the disease in our new video, The Challenges of Chronic Disease in Rural Areas: Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).
Finally, on May 21st, RHIhub hosted a webinar with the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services on improving oral health care services in rural America. Speakers highlighted some of the current barriers to oral health care and reviewed the recommendations from the committee to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services. The recording, slides, and transcript are available on the website.