RHIhub Spotlight

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The RHIhub is hosting a webinar with the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) on October 11 at 1:00 pm Central. Rural Insights on Adult and Youth Obesity, a National and Community-based Perspective is the second in this series of webinars exploring rural/urban differences in health issues. Featured speakers include:

  • Kendra B. McDow, MD, MPH, EIS Officer, Division of Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys NCHS
  • Craig Hales, MD, MPH, Medical Epidemiologist, Division of Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys NCHS
  • Shelby Polk DNP, APRN, FNP-BC, Associate Professor and Chair of Nursing Delta State University

A webinar was recently hosted with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on Closing the Gap between Urban and Rural HPV Vaccination Rates. The recording and transcript are available online.

Two new stories are available in the Rural Monitor:

There are also several new Models and Innovations:

  • Geezers, Gulpers, and Gardeners – To address loneliness and depression that can set in later in life for men, Chatham County Council on Aging of NC started the 3G Group to connect retired men in need of male friends and mutual support.
  • San Luis Valley Public Health Partnership – In a unique effort to combine resources and staff, 6 counties joined in a public health cross-jurisdictional sharing arrangement in San Luis Valley, Colorado. Now, health departments can share expertise and develop regional projects to expand public health services.
  • AGRIMEDIC – A hands-on farm injury training program for first responders in southeast Louisiana.

Finally, two Topic Guides have been updated:

  • Health Information Technology in Rural Healthcare – Updated with new Frequently Asked Questions on the adoption of EHR systems by rural hospitals, HIT workforce issues in rural facilities, and more!
  • Violence and Abuse in Rural America – Updated with a new section on adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), new links to CDC resources offering strategies for creating violence prevention programs, updated federal crime statistics, and an expanded section on violence and abuse among Native American populations.

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RHIhub Spotlight

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The RHIhub has new articles in the Rural Monitor:

Three new Models and Innovations:

  • Opioid Overdose Prevention Outreach Program – This Maryland program has reached 408 people through educational presentations, certified 320 people in Narcan training, and helped collect 487 bags of unused meds.
  • Hospital Cooperative Charge Comparative – Compiles prices for common procedures so that its hospitals in rural Idaho and Wyoming know how they compare to their fellow members.
  • TelePrEP – To help vulnerable populations in rural Iowa access preventive HIV care, Iowa Department of Public Health and University of Iowa Health Care created this telehealth and prescription delivery model.

Two Topic Guides have been updated:

  • J-1 Visa Waiver – Received its annual update. This guide discusses the J-1 Visa Waiver, the Conrad 30 Waiver program, the impact of these programs on rural health, how a rural community can recruit a J-1 physician, and more!
  • Healthcare Quality – Received significant updates. Features efforts underway to develop rural-relevant quality measures and highlights current rural quality efforts, including antibiotic stewardship. Also identifies Medicare quality reporting and monitoring programs for specific rural facility types.

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RHIhub Spotlight

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The RHIhub has launched a new section of the website, Rural Data Visualizations. This section provides access to a range of tools to explore issues that impact rural health, including:

  • Rural Data Explorer – Interactive map for exploring county-level data on issues that impact rural health, including rural demographics, health disparities, the health workforce, and other topics.
  • Chart Gallery – A collection of charts, graphs, and maps that illustrate key issues related to rural health at the national level and for all 50 states. Includes rural demographics, healthcare access, health status, the social determinants of health, and more.

There are two new stories in the Rural Monitor:

The Disabled Adults Oral Health Initiative has been added to the Models and Innovations. This program in Allegany County, Maryland provides educational presentations and connects adults with disabilities to dental care.

Several Topic Guides have been updated:

RHIhub hosted a Webinar with the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services focused on the NACRHHS Policy Brief on Understanding the Impact of Suicide in Rural America. A recording will be available online.

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RHIhub Spotlight

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The RHIhub is excited to announce the launch of Daily & Weekly Custom Alerts! Now you can sign up for email alerts related to specific states and topics, choose how often you get them, and even which types of resources interest you most, so that you’re always up to date on the information that you need.

Two new articles have been published in the Rural Monitor:

Two Topic Guides have been updated:

  • Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) – includes extensive information on CAHs, including reimbursement, eligibility, funding, legislation, and more.
  • Rural Public Health Agencies – new FAQs on challenges and opportunities, workforce, and how rural providers and public health workers can collaborate on population health, accreditation, including research related to costs and barriers in rural areas, and public health infrastructure and governance.

A webinar was recently held with the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services, NACRHHS Policy Brief on Modernizing the Rural Health Clinic Act Provisions, with speakers from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare, and the Maine Rural Health Research Center. A recording is available online.

Another webinar with NACRHHS is coming up on April 24, 2018 at 1:00 pm Central: NACRHHS Policy Brief on Understanding the Impact of Suicide in Rural America

New Models and Innovations:

  • ARCare Aging Well Outreach Network – ARcare Aging Well Outreach Network, run by an FQHC, provides falls assessments, exercise opportunities, medication management, and other services to older patients in rural Arkansas. From May 2015 to December 2017, the network served 584 patients through 1,296 medical encounters.
  • The Sapling Center – The Sapling Center in rural eastern Kentucky provides those 14 to 25 years old with free services like counseling, life skills training, volunteer opportunities, and fun activities.
  • New Horizons Substance Use Recovery Network – Opioid use disorder is treated within Michigan’s FQHCs by integrating primary care, behavioral health, and MAT-waivered providers.

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RHIhub Spotlight

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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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RHIhub Spotlight

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Check out the new Topic Guide and Evidence-Based Toolkit for Rural Community Health now available from the RHIhub on topics that are important to rural America:

  • 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:

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!

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RHIhub Spotlight

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The RHIhub updated the Rural Health Disparities topic guide with new FAQs on regions with high levels of rural health disparities and finding programs that are using best practices to provide health services in disparity areas. It also includes a new table showing the percentage of potentially preventable deaths for leading causes of death.

Two new articles were published in the Rural Monitor:

Great rural programs from across the U.S. continue to be featured as Models and Innovations. Send your ideas for successful rural programs to info@ruralhealthinfo.org. Here are a few of the new Models and Innovations:

Recordings for the following November webinars are available online.

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RHIhub Spotlight

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The RHIhub has published a new Rural Transportation Toolkit with their partners at the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis. This new Evidence-Based Toolkit for Rural Community Health is designed to help rural communities create a sustainable program through planning, implementation, and evaluation.

Three new articles are now available in the Rural Monitor:

New Models and Innovations:

Upcoming Webinars:

  • Rural HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment – November 2, 12:00 pm Central
    Will feature speakers from the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, the Ursuline Sisters HIV/AIDS Ministry, and North Carolina Rurally Engaging and Assisting Clients who are HIV positive and Homeless (NC REACH).

RHIhub will be hosting a Twitter Chat on Adverse Childhood Experiences near the end of November using the hashtag #RuralHealthChat! Don’t forget to follow us on Twitter!

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RHIhub Spotlight

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The RHIhub has published a new resource, developed by partners at the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, to help make Medicare billing for care management services more understandable. Care Management Medicare Reimbursement Strategies for Rural Providers provides guides on Annual Wellness Visits, Chronic Care Management, and Transitional Care Management. Each of these guides includes a brief overview as well as links to key documents.

Two Topic Guides have been updated:

A webinar on Rural HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment will be held on November 2 at 12:00 pm Central. This webinar will feature speakers from the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, the Ursuline Sisters HIV/AIDS Ministry, and NC Reach.

New Models and Innovations include:

  • Arrowhead Telepresence Coalition
    Using telehealth, The Arrowhead Telepresence Coalition connects behavioral health providers to rural patients of northeast Minnesota in traditional and non-traditional medical settings.
  • Atlantic General Hospital Patient Centered Medical Home
    Atlantic General Hospital’s patient centered medical home program reduces hospital admission rates, emergency department visits, and total cost of care while better accommodating patients of their 7 rural clinics in eastern Maryland and southern Delaware.

Two new articles were published in the Rural Monitor:

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RHIhub Spotlight

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The RHIhub has been busy this month! Check out their new and upcoming content:

Rural Monitor Articles:

Webinars and Twitter Chats
At the end of August, RHIHub hosted the most recent installment of the Insights from the CDC MMWR Rural Health Series Webinars that highlight CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports. A recording of Rural Cancer: Data, Disparities, and Determination, featuring speakers from the CDC, NIH’s National Cancer Institute, and the Southwest Rural Health Research Center at Texas A&M Health Science Center, is available online.

RHIhub will host a webinar on Tobacco Control and Prevention on September 26, 2017 at 1:00 pm Central. This webinar will feature speakers from the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, the Vermont Department of Health, and the Southern Coalfields Regional Tobacco Prevention Coalition.

A Twitter Chat was held on August 24, 2017 on Agricultural Health and Safety, with expert co-hosts from the AgriSafe Network, MHP Salud, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, the National Farmers Union, the USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture, the Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health, and Pennsylvania State University. A Storify of this chat, which will allow you to read through it if you missed it, is available online.

The upcoming #RuralHealthChat on Opioid Use in Rural Areas will be at the end of September. Follow RHIhub on Twitter to get updates on the date and time!

Several new videos have been added to the Rural Programs Making a Difference series, which highlights programs featured in Models and Innovations.

  • SLV N.E.E.D. (Naloxone – Education – Empowerment – Distribution) highlights the work being done by the San Luis Valley NEED program to reverse opioid overdoses in 6 rural Colorado counties by training first responders in naloxone distribution and partnering with pharmacies to make naloxone more accessible.
  • Leveraging Resources for Greater Impact details the Rural Health Care Coordination Network Partnership, which connects federal funders with local philanthropists to help rural areas get the necessary funding they need to improve health in their communities.
  • Williamson Health and Wellness Center features the work of Community Health Workers in West Virginia who work with rural patients to manage chronic illnesses, connect to community resources, and provide health education.
  • Medical Home Plus highlights the work of the Medical Home Plus project in reducing diabetes, depression, and stroke risks in 3 rural Idaho counties, including parts of the Nez Perce Indian Reservation, by connecting residents with primary care providers, active nurse case managers, and integrated community resources workers.
  • Spit It Out details a collaboration between the Southern Coalfields Tobacco Prevention Coalition Network and mining companies in 6 West Virginia counties to reduce smokeless tobacco use.

Models & Innovations

There are 11 new Models and Innovations from across the country:

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