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RHIhub Spotlight

i Mar 30th No Comments by

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

i Jan 8th No Comments by

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

i Sep 28th No Comments by

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

i Aug 31st No Comments by

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!

Videos
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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RHIhub Spotlight

i Jul 21st No Comments by

The RHIhub has just released a new toolkit on Rural Tobacco Control and Prevention. This toolkit provides evidence-based examples, promising models, best practices, and resources to help implement rural programs for tobacco control and prevention.

A video highlighting one of the programs in Models and Innovations is available. The Coast to Cascade Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) Program is a program in rural Oregon using the national CATCH curriculum to promote nutrition and fitness for kids. This and other videos highlighting RHIhub Models can be found in our YouTube playlist: Rural Programs Making a Difference.

There are several new Models and Innovations:

  • Columbia Gorge Collective Impact Health Specialist: Identifies community needs, convenes community partners to design initiatives that address those needs, and secures funding for health-related initiatives in Oregon and Washington.
  • MORE Care: Connects 23 Rural Health Clinics and 16 dental care partners in 3 states in order to better coordinate between primary and dental healthcare.
  • Reducing Hospitalizations in Medicare Beneficiaries: Vanderbilt University Medical Center and 23 skilled nursing facilities in Tennessee and Kentucky have teamed up to reduce hospital readmissions for Medicare patients.
  • Suicide Follow-Up Program: Provides phone calls and cards to North Dakota and Minnesota residents who have called suicide helplines or were referred by a healthcare provider.
  • Project Renew: FORHP Rural Opioid Overdose Reversal grantee that trains and certifies West Virginians in naloxone administration.

In honor of Men’s Health month, RHIhub featured Healthy Men Michigan both as a Model and in the Rural Monitor: Online Screening Helps Michigan Men Gauge Mental Health. This program offers help for men who struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts in rural Michigan. The site offers an anonymous, online screening for depression and suicidal tendencies, along with referrals to local resources.

Also in the Rural Monitor:

Doing Something Exceptional”: Rural Communities and Colorectal Cancer Screening Colorectal cancer stands out as a cancer with increased incidence and mortality rates in rural areas – rates that are likely influenced by lack of screening. Using different approaches, two rural healthcare organizations in Idaho and Kentucky show how they are saving lives by improving colorectal cancer screening rates in their communities.

Innovating Mental Healthcare in Texas and Beyond: Q&A with Dr. Octavio Martinez Dr. Octavio Martinez of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health at The University of Texas at Austin talks about the need for change and infrastructure improvement in the mental health system to better serve rural residents.

Two topic guides have been updated:

RHIhub hosted a Twitter Chat on Rural Oral Health Access at the end of June. RHIhub was joined by Dr. Amy B. Martin from the Medical University of South Carolina, Amy Elizondo, MPH, from the National Rural Health Association, Dr. Jane Grover from the American Dental Association, and Dr. Sean Boynes from the DentaQuest Institute. If you missed it, the full transcript of the chat is available.

Join the upcoming Twitter chats using the hashtag #RuralHealthChat! Anyone can jump in!

Lastly, RHIhub will be hosting a webinar on August 30, 2017. The most recent installment of the Insights from the CDC MMWR Rural Health Series Webinars, this webinar will focus on the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from July 6, 2017 on Rural Cancer Incidence and Mortality.


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RHIhub Spotlight

i Jun 1st No Comments by

The Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) recently released a new topic guide on Violence and Abuse in Rural America, an issue which is often exacerbated in rural areas by limited access to support services and shelters, poverty as a barrier to care, and the stigma of abuse, among other things.

A new toolkit, produced in collaboration with the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, was also released: Rural Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse. This toolkit features evidence-based examples, promising models, program best-practices, and resources that can be used to guide the creation of a sustainable program through planning, implementation, and evaluation. The RHIhub hosted the Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse in Rural Communities webinar introducing this toolkit and featuring examples of successful programs funded by FORHP on May 17, 2017. The recording is available online.

On May 3, the RHIhub hosted the newest webinar in the Insights from the CDC MMWR Rural Health Series on Mental and Behavioral Health of Rural Children on the corresponding CDC MMWR Rural Health Series report. Presenters examined factors that impact rural children’s mental and behavioral health, discussed their research findings, and presented an example of a successful program. The recording is available online.

The RHIhub published two new articles in the Rural Monitor:

RHIhub’s second Twitter chat, #RuralHealthChat: Rural Health Networks and Coalitions, was held on May 25 with expert co-hosts from the National Cooperative of Health Networks Association, National Rural Health Resource Center, University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center, FORHP Community-Based Division, North Country Health Consortium, and the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative. A Storify of the chat, which allows you to read the tweet chronologically, is available. The next #RuralHealthChat will be on Oral Health Access in Rural Areas and will take place near the end of June.

The RHIhub released a new video in the Rural Programs Making a Difference video series related to their existing Healthy Early Learning Project (HELP) model, which increases physical activity levels in classrooms and teaches children about health eating through fun, interactive lessons.

Finally, six new Models and Innovations are available:


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RHIhub Spotlight

i Apr 28th No Comments by

The Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) will be hosting the second webinar in its series focusing on the findings of the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Reports on Rural Health on Wednesday, May 3, at 12:00 pm ET. This webinar, Mental and Behavioral Health of Rural Children – Insights from the CDC MMWR Rural Health Series, focuses on the factors affecting mental and behavioral health for rural children and ways that these health needs can be addressed at the community level.

The RHIhub published new articles in the Rural Monitor:

The RHIhub released a new toolkit, the Rural Health Networks and Coalitions Toolkit, which provides resources, strategies, and examples to communities who are considering developing a new or expanding an existing health network or coalition.

The RHIhub also has two new Models and Innovations:

  • Closing Preventative Care Gaps in Underserved Areas features the collaboration of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and an academic center to adapt and implement an office-based to increase preventative care measures, including cancer screenings, in Appalachian Kentucky.
  • Together We Can Be Bully Free details a program started by Union General, a Critical Access Hospital in rural Louisiana, in response to growing concerns in the community about youth bullying and suicide.

Finally, the RHIhub will be hosting month Twitter Chats on topics relevant to rural health. Our inaugural Twitter chat, #RuralHealthChat: Rural Health Literacy was held on April 27, 2017 with expert co-hosts from the University of Michigan, the National Institutes of Health, and the UAMS Center for Health Literacy. A Storify of the chat is available which allows you to read the tweets chronologically. Our next #RuralHealthChat on rural health networks and coalitions will be on May 25, 2017 at 11 am CT.


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