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Budget Accord Offers Opportunity to Increase Federal Science Funding

Sat, 24 Feb 2018 01:20:25 +0100

Congress approved a two-year budget plan on February 9 that would increase authorizations for federal spending. The agreement passed in the Senate (71-28) and House (240-186) and was signed into law by President Trump. The bipartisan agreement raised the caps on defense and nondefense discretionary spending by nearly $300 billion over two years, with nondefense discretionary spending - the biggest source of research funding - getting a $63 billion boost in FY 2018 and an additional $68 billion in FY 2019. Congress has yet to complete work on FY 2018 appropriations, however. Appropriations legislation is the legislative vehicle that actually provides funding for government operations. Almost all agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Environmental Protection Agency...

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Perceptions of driving after marijuana use compared to alcohol use among rural American young adults - Greene KM.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:24:28 +0100

INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: Substance use contributes to motor vehicle crashes, the leading cause of death among young adults. The current qualitative study examined perceptions of the acceptability and harms associated with driving after marijuana versus alcoh... (Source: SafetyLit)



Informal work-related injuries: a one year prospective study in a rural community in Serbia - Duri ć P, Diaconu K, O'May F, Rybovic J, Stevenson M.

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 12:24:28 +0100

Work-related injuries occurring during informal work often go unreported, yet lead to significant mortality and contribute substantially to disease burden due to injury-related disability. In Serbia, injury is a leading cause of death, with work-related in... (Source: SafetyLit)



Rural Family Physicians Have a Broader Scope of Practice than Urban Family Physicians

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:59:08 +0100

The purpose of this study was to determine differences in scope of practice for clinical and procedural care between rural and urban family physicians nationally. (Source: HSR Information Central)



Missouri Rural Health Conference

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 10:36:02 +0100

August 21-23, 2018; Camdenton, MO. (Source: HSR Information Central)



Legal interventions Relevant to Midwest States & Localities

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 09:04:43 +0100

March 13, 2018 2:00-3:00pm ET. Webinar will cover the built environmental rural communities and agricultural policy, and equity and environmental justice, (Source: HSR Information Central)

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Grand Challenges Canada announces funding for 40 new health innovations in India

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Terry Collins Assoc) Grand Challenges Canada today announced an investment of up to $7.9 million in 40 health innovations in India, supported by the Government of Canada through Global Affairs Canada and complemented by contributions of dozens of partners, creating a total investment of up to $12.3 million. Three of the projects will empower vulnerable, low-income women and girls in rural villages in India, and protect and preserve their human dignity, through innovative approaches to improving menstrual health. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



Budget Accord Offers Opportunity to Increase Federal Science Funding

Fri, 23 Feb 2018 02:41:46 +0100

Congress approved a two-year budget plan on February 9 that would increase authorizations for federal spending. The agreement passed in the Senate (71-28) and House (240-186) and was signed into law by President Trump. The bipartisan agreement raised the caps on defense and nondefense discretionary spending by nearly $300 billion over two years, with nondefense discretionary spending - the biggest source of research funding - getting a $63 billion boost in FY 2018 and an additional $68 billion in FY 2019. Congress has yet to complete work on FY 2018 appropriations, however. Appropriations legislation is the legislative vehicle that actually provides funding for government operations. Almost all agencies, including the National Science Foundation (NSF), the Environmental Protection Agency...



Urban-Rural County and State Differences in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease — United States, 2015

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0100

(Source: CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report)



Submit rural oral health care articles for NRHA journal

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:29:28 +0100

NRHA'sJournal of Rural Health is seeking articles on the integration of rural oral health care into primary care, including rural oral health access, quality of care, integration, innovation in reimbursement, and collaboration models. Submissions are due by April 1, 2018. (Source: HSR Information Central)



Rural/Urban Disparities in Pneumococcal Vaccine Service Delivery Among the Fee-for-Service Medicare Population

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:01:52 +0100

The objective of this study was to identify rural versus urban disparities in pneumococcal vaccine provision in the elderly (age 65 or older) adult population and assess the impact of pharmacy as an alternate site provider in rural communities. (Source: HSR Information Central)

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Opioid Misuse in Rural America

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 07:43:56 +0100

The purpose of this website is to assist rural leaders with resources, information and best practices to help rural communities respond to and manage the opioid crisis. (Source: HSR Information Central)



New Technology Alone Won ’t Halt Aflatoxin Menace, Experts Warn

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:30:19 +0100

Laboratory Technician Herbert Mtopa collects biological samples at a clinic in Zimbabwe's Shamva District under a CultiAF project to assess exposure of women and children to aflatoxins. Credit: Busani Bafana/IPSBy Miriam GathigahNAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 22 2018 (IPS)In the absence of concerted efforts to raise awareness on the dangers of aflatoxin to humans and domestic animals, advances in technology for early detection of aflatoxin in cereals and seeds such as maize will come to naught, experts warn.The first rapid aflatoxin testing kit is in the market for less than two dollars, even as some farmers unwittingly employ life-threatening tricks to earn a bit more from their harvests.John Cheruiyot, a maize farmer in Uasin Gishu County, Rift Valley region revealed to IPS that farmers pour water ...



Public Inspection: FNS: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Requirements and Services for Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents; Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100

Pre-publication advanced notice of proposed rulemaking from the Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agricultural that would limit the amount of time that able-bodied adults without dependents can receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to 3 months in a 36-month period, unless they are working or participating in a work program at least half-time, or participating in workfare. Also includes other exemptions to the time limit as well as options for States to request waivers of the time limit. Comments on the proposed rule are due within 45 days of final publication in the Federal Register, which is scheduled for February 23, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)



FNS: Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program: Requirements and Services for Able-Bodied Adults without Dependents; Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100

Notice of proposed rulemaking from the Food and Nutrition Service, U.S. Department of Agricultural that would limit the amount of time that able-bodied adults without dependents can receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits to 3 months in a 36-month period, unless they are working or participating in a work program at least half-time, or participating in workfare. Also includes other exemptions to the time limit as well as options for States to request waivers of the time limit. Comments on the proposed rule are due on April 9, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)



Deaths from Alcohol, Drugs and Suicide for People of Color Rise Dramatically, Although Still Below the Rates of White Americans

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100

Details the results of an analysis by Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Well Being Trust (WBT) which found that although deaths from alcohol, drugs, and suicide amongst people of color are still below the rates of their white counterparts, there were disproportionately large increases in these deaths from 2015 to 2016 among racial and ethnic minority groups. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)

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A Larger Role for Midwives Could Improve Deficient U.S. Care for Mothers and Babies

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100

Highlights a new study which found a correlation between the integration and acceptance of midwives into obstetrical care and improved maternal and infant outcomes and cost-effectiveness of care. Details the history of the United States' move away from midwifery as well as the growing acceptance of nurse-midwives and the impact they could potentially have in addressing racial health disparities and care shortages in rural and low-income communities. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)



FCC Updates and Modernizes National Broadband Map

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has released anupdated and modernized version of its National Broadband Map. This version of the map is designed to support more frequent data updates in order to provide a reliable source of broadband deployment information for consumers. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)



USDA Launches Webpage Highlighting Resources to Help Rural Communities Address the Opioid Crisis

Thu, 22 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) unveiled a new webpage with resources to help rural communities respond to the opioid epidemic and tailor that response to their specific needs. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, approximately 63,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2016, with more than half of those attributed to opioids. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)



Rural hospital tax credit bill touches off Medicaid debate

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:54:37 +0100

Legislation expanding Georgia's rural hospital tax credit Wednesday sparked a renewal of a longstanding debate over whether the state should expand Medicaid coverage. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Pharmaceuticals headlines)



House passes legislation that permits 'micro-hospitals' in rural Georgia

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 20:16:57 +0100

Georgia lawmakers overwhelmingly approved comprehensive legislation Wednesday embracing recommendations on heath-care reform from a special committee targeting challenges facing rural Georgia. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)



Liberia:150 Documented Ebola Orphans Need Urgent Socioeconomic, Educational Assistance

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:04:32 +0100

[Observer] Some of the Diompillor Liberia Chapter supported orphans from Monrovia and rural Liberia. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



A Step Towards the Light: Ending Human Trafficking

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 06:05:35 +0100

Children from rural areas and disempowered homes are ideal targets for trafficking in India and elsewhere. Credit: Neeta Lal / IPSBy Tharanga YakupitiyageUNITED NATIONS, Feb 21 2018 (IPS)A new initiative aims to use data to shed light on a pervasive multi-billion dollar criminal industry: human trafficking.Created by the International Organization for Migration and Polaris, the Counter-Trafficking Data Collaborative (CTDC) is the world’s first human trafficking data portal. It collects data from various counter-trafficking organizations around the world in order to help stakeholders identify and respond to trends.“We are really just starting to see the beginning of what could be done with this type of information in the future,” Data Management and Research Specialist Harry Cook told...



Social Media in Advocacy: A Twitter Guide

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 17:50:40 +0100

March 1, 2018 2:00-3:00pm ET. Learn how to use Twitter to better advocate for rural health policy. (Source: HSR Information Central)

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Suicidal ideation of elderly living alone in urban and rural areas, its related factors - Nam HJ, Lee SG.

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:42:32 +0100

This study used data of urban and rural elderly living alone to compare the general characteristics of the elderly who have had suicidal ideation, and to investigate the suicidal ideation of urban-rural elderly with varying degrees of emotional... (Source: SafetyLit)



Greg Laurie Talks Steve McQueen, Faith and Mesothelioma

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 13:42:24 +0100

“Steve McQueen: American Icon” — a feature documentary about the life, faith and cancer battle of the legendary actor — arrives on DVD and digital HD release Tuesday. Nicknamed “The King of Cool,” McQueen is known for his tough guy roles and action-packed sequences in films such as “Bullitt,” “The Great Escape” and “The Towering Inferno.” He received an Academy Award nomination in 1967 for his leading role in “The Sand Pebbles” and became the highest-paid movie star in the world in 1974. Shortly after, McQueen disconnected from Hollywood in search of a life away from the drugs, the drinking and the fame. He became a born-again Christian late in life after the influence of his flying instructor Sammy Mason, his pastor Leonard DeWitt and his third wife Barbara Min...



Improving Opioid Prescribing-Sustainable Solutions for Michigan's Rural Health Providers

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:51:29 +0100

March 22, 2018 3:00-6:00pm; Traverse City, MI.(Michigan Center for Rural Health) (Source: HSR Information Central)



'We are unable to conduct safe obstetric care': Pregnant women urged to leave town to deliver

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 09:00:00 +0100

The closure of maternity wards in rural communities across Canada has forced some women to travel hundreds of kilometres and pay thousands of dollars to deliver their babies. (Source: CBC | Health)



FNS: Food Crediting in Child Nutrition Programs: Request for Information; Extension of Comment Period

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100

USDA Food and Nutrition Service has extended the public comment request,originally published on December 14, 2017, through April 23, 2018. Public comments on Child Nutrition Program crediting, the process by which food items are determined to contribute to Child Nutrition Program meal patterns, are encouraged, especially as they relate to benefits and negative impacts of changes to how food is credited. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)

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ACL: Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Redesign of Existing Data Collection; National Longitudinal Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NLSOAAP)

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) is seeking comment by March 22, 2018 from Area Agencies on Aging and their clients on additional changes to a current information collection. In response to previous comments received, the Agency has responded with a new survey that addresses commenter concerns and is better designed to track grantee performance, provide national benchmarks, and inform program development over a long period of time. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)



USDA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Revision and Extension of Approved Collection; Comment Request; Generic Clearance for the Collection of Qualitative Feedback on Agency Service Delivery

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100

Notice from the Department of Agriculture (USDA) requesting qualitative feedback from public stakeholders, including individuals, businesses, and state, local, or tribal government, to help improve service delivery and alert the Department of areas where communication, training, and changes in operations might be needed. Comments are due by March 22, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)



Trump Administration Works to Give Relief to Americans Facing High Premiums, Fewer Choices

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100

The U.S. Departments of Health and Human Services, Labor, and the Treasury issued a proposed rule that would allow consumers to purchase short-term, limited-duration health insurance coverage for any time period less than 12 months, rather than the current maximum period of less than three months. This rule aims to provide additional options to those who cannot afford health insurance under current regulations. Afact sheet on this proposed rule is available. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)



A Conversation with Mark Deutchman

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100

Discussion includes oral health and primary care integration, oral health access in rural areas, and the importance of primary care providers in rural areas, among other things. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)



Public Inspection: CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100

Pre-publication notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requesting public comment on two separate items: the evaluation of the Partnership for Patients (PfP) program, specifically the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks (HIIN) initiative; and Hospice Conditions of Participation. Comments must be submitted within 30 days of final publication in the Federal Register, which is scheduled for February 21, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)

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Public Inspection: IRS, HHS, EBSA : Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance; Proposed Rule

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100

Pre-publication notice from the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Employee Benefits Security Administration requesting comments on a proposed rule to amend the definition of short-term, limited-duration insurance to lengthen the maximum period from 3 to 12 months. Short-term limited-duration insurance is not required to comply with federal requirements for individual health insurance coverage. Final publication of this proposed rule is scheduled for February 21, 2018 and comments are due by April 23, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)



Reducing Red Tape For Traveling Nurses

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100

Details a new version of the Nurse Licensure Compact (NLC), which allows licensed nurses to practice in any participating state without obtaining an additional state license. This provides flexibility to traveling nurses being used to address nursing shortages and contributes to the ability of nurses to provide telehealth across state lines. The new version adds the requirement for federal criminal background checks, which some states said was missing from the previous version. While this change has encouraged more states to sign-on to the agreement, some continue to have concerns about the NLC compact having lower requirements for licensure than their individual states. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)



CMS: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100

Notice from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services requesting public comment on two separate items: the evaluation of the Partnership for Patients (PfP) program, specifically the Hospital Improvement Innovation Networks (HIIN) initiative; and Hospice Conditions of Participation. Comments must be submitted by March 23, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)



IRS, HHS, EBSA : Short-Term, Limited-Duration Insurance; Proposed Rule

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100

Notice from the Internal Revenue Service, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Employee Benefits Security Administration requesting comments on a proposed rule to amend the definition of short-term, limited-duration insurance to lengthen the maximum period from 3 to 12 months. Short-term limited-duration insurance is not required to comply with federal requirements for individual health insurance coverage. Comments on the proposed rule are due by April 23, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)



Trajectory classes of cannabis use and heavy drinking among rural African American adolescents: multilevel predictors of class membership - Barton AW, Brody GH, Zapolski TCB, Goings TC, Kogan SM, Windle M, Yu T.

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:03:30 +0100

AIMS: To inform research on the etiology and prevention of substance use among rural African American youth by (a) identifying developmental trajectory classes of cannabis use and heavy drinking across adolescence and young adulthood, and (b) examining ass... (Source: SafetyLit)

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Violence and abuse in rural older women's lives: a life course perspective - Roberto KA, McCann BR.

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:03:30 +0100

Intimate partner violence in later life includes physical, psychological, sexual, and financial abuse. Although some researchers have investigated how women in long-term violent partnerships cope with abuse, little is known about the history, experiences, ... (Source: SafetyLit)



Volunteers in Ethiopia's women's development army are more deprived and distressed than their neighbors: cross-sectional survey data from rural Ethiopia - Maes K, Closser S, Tesfaye Y, Gilbert Y, Abesha R.

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:03:30 +0100

BACKGROUND: Many Community Health Workers (CHWs) experience the same socioeconomic and health needs as their neighbors, given that they are by definition part of their communities. Yet very few studies aim to measure and characterize experiences of depriva... (Source: SafetyLit)



The signs they are a-changin': development and evaluation of New Zealand's rural intersection active warning system - Mackie H, Brodie C, Scott R, Hirsch LI, Tate F, Russell M, Holst K.

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:03:30 +0100

In New Zealand, high-risk rural intersections are an important area of focus for reducing deaths and serious injuries. Accordingly, the Rural Intersection Active Warning System (RIAWS) was developed to reduce traffic speed on major road intersection approa... (Source: SafetyLit)



Schools at the rural-urban boundary - blurring the divide? - Burdick-Will J, Logan JR.

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 18:03:30 +0100

Schools mirror the communities in which they are located. Research on school inequality across the rural-urban spectrum tends to focus on the contrast between urban, suburban, and rural schools and glosses over the variation within these areas as well as t... (Source: SafetyLit)



Zimbabwe:Cancer Awareness Campaign Goes Rural

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 06:49:00 +0100

[The Herald] First Lady Auxillia Mnangagwa has said she will soon take her cancer awareness campaign to rural areas to give rural women a chance to undergo free cervical cancer screening. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)

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Rural WNY hospitals to receive $9 million from feds

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 17:05:53 +0100

New legislation at the federal level will provide rural hospitals with $9 million over the next five years, helping to relieve at least a little bit of funding uncertainty. The funds come through the extension of two programs that were included in the Bipartisan Budget Act of 2018. Both programs expired last October.  The Low-Volume Hospital (LVH) program provides funding to the rural hospitals deemed critical to the community but may not serve a high volume of pat ients. The Medicare-Dependent… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)



Effectiveness of integrated early childhood development intervention on nurturing care for children aged 0-35 months in rural China - Shi HF, Zhang JX, Wang XL, Xu YY, Dong SL, Zhao CX, Huang XN, Zhao Q, Chen XF, Zhou Y, O'Sullivan M, Pouwels R, Scherpbier RW.

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 10:36:27 +0100

OBJECTIVE: To explore whether Integrated Early Childhood Development (IECD) program has effectively improved the nurturing care for children aged 0-35 months in rural China. METHODS: IECD has been implemented by the government of China with support... (Source: SafetyLit)



Unintentional childhood injuries in urban and rural Ujjain, India: a community-based survey - Mathur A, Mehra L, Diwan V, Pathak A.

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 10:36:27 +0100

The objective of this cross-sectional, community-based survey was to identify the incidence, type, and risk factors of unintention... (Source: SafetyLit)



Rural civil society in a narco-violent Mexican frontier: some initial reflections - L ópez León A.

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 10:36:27 +0100

Why is the rural civil society bordering Tamaulipas not organized to combat the narcoviolence that has severely affected agricultural activities in the main sorghum-grain producing region in Mexico? To respond to this concern, we reflect on the concept of ... (Source: SafetyLit)

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Using confirmatory factor analysis to explore associated factors of intimate partner violence in a sample of Chinese rural women: a cross-sectional study - Hou F, Cerulli C, Wittink MN, Caine ED, Qiu P.

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 10:36:27 +0100

OBJECTIVES: To estimate the prevalence of intimate partner violence (IPV) among a sample of rural Chinese women and to explore associated factors. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: Rural areas of Guangyuan City, Sichuan, China. PARTICIPANTS: ... (Source: SafetyLit)



mSakhi in Pictures

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 16:41:59 +0100

February 16, 2018The mobile app is transforming maternal and child health care in a Himalayan state.One of the smaller states in India, Uttarakhand lies in the Himalayan foothills with international borders touching Nepal and China. It ’s a land of mighty rivers, forests, hills, and mountains. Rich in natural resources, it boasts a variety of flora and fauna, including medicinal plants, tigers, and elephants. The terrain, striking and beautiful, also makes it hard for people, particularly those in the middle Himalayan ranges, to access health care, including high-quality maternal and child health services.Many villages like this one are located on mountain tops. Despite the odds —and thanks to India's frontline health workers —registered pregnancies in Uttarakhand have touched93.8 % ...



Weekly Postings

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 15:32:49 +0100

See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight Member Highlights: North Pocono Public Library, Moscow, PA – learn about this library’s community education series designed to address difficult life planning decisions. Is your organization working on a similar project? Tell us about it! NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach activities that are happening in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. Weekly Funding Tips: Funding Tip 1- Talk it through – through mid-April, NNLM MAR will offer weekly tips for members who intend to apply for our next round of funding. In just a few weeks we will announce opportunities to apply for projects starting May 15, 2018. Contact us to set up a consultat...



AHRQ: Agency Information Collection Activities: Proposed Collection; Comment Request

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is seeking comments through March 8, 2018, regarding quality improvement initiatives that may help AHRQ improve clinical practice, improve patient safety or reduce harm, address healthcare disparities, improve prevention practices, and/or collaborate with community groups to improve healthcare. AHRQ is also seeking comments on ways to tailor and improve the use of AHRQ quality improvement measures. Specifically, AHRQ is requesting comments from hospitals and other healthcare organizations, clinicians, quality improvement experts, researchers, quality measure developers, and the public. Includes a series of questions to help guide responses. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)



Infant Death Rates Are Higher in Rural America - but Not for All Causes

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100

Details the results of a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics on the five leading causes of infant death and how these mortality rates vary in rural and urban areas. Although rural infant deaths have been higher for some time, this is the first breakdown by causes, and reveals that for the most recent data, rural rates were only higher for three of these five causes. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)

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Study: Rural ranchers face less access to water during drought than urban counterparts

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Portland State University) The findings highlight a rural-urban divide and show that ranchers' access to water was neither equal nor valued during the drought in Mexico's Baja California Sur state from 2006 to 2012. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)



Infant death rates are higher in rural America — but not for all causes

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:30:36 +0100

U.S. public health officials have long puzzled over a troubling statistic about infant deaths: Why is the rate so much higher in rural counties than urban areas? But their understanding of the complex factors behind the disparity has been very limited. A report released by the National Center for Health Statistics on Thursday provides some important new information by delving into […]Related:Nine organizations sue Trump administration for ending grants to teen pregnancy programsThis season’s flu vaccine is only 36 percent effective, but experts say you should still get itHow a transgender woman breast-fed her baby (Source: Washington Post: To Your Health)



Ammonia emissions rise in UK, as other air pollutant levels fall

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:18:12 +0100

Levels of powerful air pollutant rose by 3.2% from 2015 to 2016 according to government statisticsEmissions of ammonia have been on the rise in the UK, new statistics from the government show, even while the amount of other pollutants entering the atmosphere has fallen.Levels of the powerful air pollutant rose by 3.2% from 2015 to 2016, the latest year for which statistics are available, according to a report published by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs on Thursday morning. The rise came despite an overall fall of 10% in ammonia emissions since 1980.Continue reading... (Source: Guardian Unlimited Science)



Differences Between Rural and Urban Areas in Mortality Rates for the Leading Causes of Infant Death: United States, 2013-2015

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:03:42 +0100

This report describes the mortality rates for the five leading causes of infant, neonatal, and postneonatal death in the United States across rural, small and medium urban, and large urban counties defined by maternal residence, as reported on the birth certificate for combined years 2013-2015. (Source: HSR Information Central)



Far more infants die in rural areas of US than cities

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:02:20 +0100

Babies conceived in rural areas are far more likely to die before, during or immediately after birth than those in more urban parts of the US, according to CDC ’s first-ever report on the disparity. (Source: the Mail online | Health)

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Sexual assault survivor calls for funding as N.S. counselling grants expire

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 09:00:00 +0100

A woman who had to wait three days for a rape kit in rural Nova Scotia is imploring the province to commit to permanently funding counselling programs for sexual assault survivors. (Source: CBC | Health)



Far more infants die in rural areas than cities

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 08:09:51 +0100

Babies conceived in rural areas are far more likely to die before, during or immediately after birth than those in more urban parts of the US, according to CDC ’s first-ever report on the disparity. (Source: the Mail online | Health)



SAMHSA Publishes Guidance on Clinical Best Practices Using Medication-Assisted Treatment to Combat the Opioid Epidemic

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) published the Treatment Improvement Protocol (TIP) 63,"Medications for Opioid Use Disorder", to serve as guidance for healthcare professionals treating patients with opioid use disorder using medication-assisted treatment. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)



Aetna gives $1M grant to N.C. coalition to combat opioid epidemic

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 17:30:39 +0100

The North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC) is the first recipient of new funding from the Aetna Foundation to address the ongoing opioid epidemic in the U.S. NCHRC will receive a $1 million grant over two years, part of a $6 million national program, from the Aetna Foundation for its Rural Opioid Overdose Prevention Project. Dr. Garth Graham, president of the Aetna Foundation and vice president of Community Health for Aetna, says that NCHRC's focus on rural communities and the need for… (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)



Exploring Strategies to Improve Health and Equity in Rural Communities (February 2018)

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:59:24 +0100

Report use interviews with key informants in rural areas to identify assets in rural communities and to understand how these assets can accelerate changes to improve health and equity. (Source: HSR Information Central)

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Rural Health Clinic Technical Assistance Series: RHC Billing

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 10:29:08 +0100

February 22, 2018, 2018 2:00-3:00pm ET. More information can be foundhere. (Source: HSR Information Central)



Rural Food Access Toolkit

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 06:47:42 +0100

This toolkit compiles evidence-based and promising models and resources to support organizations implementing food access programs in rural communities across the United States. (Source: HSR Information Central)



IHS: Request for Public Comment: 30 Day Notice for Extension of the Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program (LRP)

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100

Notice from the Indian Health Service (IHS) requesting OMB approval to continue collecting information as part of the IHS Loan Repayment Program (LRP) application process. Collected information is used to determine applicants' eligibility for the IHS LRP, which repays all or part of eligible health professionals education-related debt in exchange for an initial two-year service commitment to practice full-time at an eligible IHS facility. To ensure consideration, comments regarding the proposed information collection extension should be submitted by March 16, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)



HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities: Submission to OMB for Review and Approval; Public Comment Request; Information Collection Request Title: Health Professions Student Loan (HPSL) Program and Nursing Student Loan (NSL) Program Administrative Requirements (Regulations and Policy). OMB No. 0915-0047-Revision

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100

Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announcing their intent to continue collecting information as part of the Health Professions Student Loan (HPSL) and Nursing Student Loan (NSL) Programs, which provide long-term, low-interest loans to students pursuing eligible degrees. Information will be collected through the Deferment Form (HRSA Form 519) and Annual Operating Report (HRSA Form 501), and is used to determine borrowers' deferment status and monitor program operations and financial activities. Comments regarding the need and use of the information collecting activities must be submitted no later than March 16, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)



The Lack of a College Degree Is a Public-Health Crisis. Here ’s What Higher Ed Can Do About It.

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100

Discusses the connection between health and higher education as it relates to rural areas, where there are often fewer people who pursue a degree beyond high school. Includes thoughts from experts in health, education, and economics as well as some college leaders. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)

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Out of the Shadows: Mental Health in Asia Pacific

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 00:07:50 +0100

Mental health has been a peripheral issue in emerging markets for a long time, despite the severe impact not only on those directly affected but also on families and carers, as well as on social cohesion and economic development.Fortunately, mental health is starting to get more attention but there is still a widespread tendency to stigmatize and discriminate against people suffering with a mental illness. They are often considered as dangerous and aggressive which in turn increases the social distance.Is there an opportunity for pharma to do more? In the first of a series of articles exploring mental health in emerging markets we take an in-depth look at the situation in Asia where problems arising from ill mental health are the second largest contributor to years lost to disability.Acros...



Young doctor using Facebook to recruit colleagues to rural Cape Breton

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 23:26:32 +0100

A family doctor in Neils Harbour in northern Cape Breton has posted a Facebook message to her former fellow med school and residency colleagues, hoping some of them will come and work in her community. (Source: CBC | Health)



Government to take district hospitals to medical college level: Amitabh Kant

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:07:15 +0100

Amitabh Kant said the country has a huge shortage of doctors across rural areas for which the government is considering taking the district hospitals to the level of medical colleges. (Source: The Economic Times)



Substance Abuse Among Older Adults: Opioid Issues and Trends in Rural America

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 11:47:56 +0100

February 21, 2018 2:30-3:30pm ET. (Source: HSR Information Central)



Public Inspection: IHS: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Indian Health Service Loan Repayment Program

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100

Pre-publication notice from the Indian Health Service (IHS) requesting OMB approval to continue collecting information as part of the IHS Loan Repayment Program (LRP) application process. Collected information is used to determine applicants' eligibility for the IHS LRP, which repays all or part of eligible health professionals education-related debt in exchange for an initial two-year service commitment to practice full-time at an eligible IHS facility. Comments regarding the proposed information collection extension must be submitted within 30 days of final publication in the Federal Register, which is scheduled for February 14, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)

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Public Inspection: HRSA: Agency Information Collection Activities; Proposals, Submissions, and Approvals: Health Professions Student Loan Program and Nursing Student Loan Program Administrative Requirements

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100

Pre-publication notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) announcing their intent to continue collecting information as part of the Health Professions Student Loan (HPSL) and Nursing Student Loan (NSL) Programs, which provide long-term, low-interest loans to students pursuing eligible degrees. Information will be collected through the Deferment Form (HRSA Form 519) and Annual Operating Report (HRSA Form 501), and is used to determine borrowers' deferment status and monitor program operations and financial activities. Comments regarding the need and use of the information collecting activities must be submitted within 30 days of final publication in the Federal Register, which is scheduled for February 14, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assis...



A Conversation with Ryan Neville

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100

Discussion includes challenges related to providing care in rural areas and effective methods of physician recruitment and retention, among other things. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)



Aetna Foundation to Support States in Fight Against the Opioid Epidemic

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100

The Aetna Foundation announced that it will provide grants totaling $6 million to fund projects combating the opioid epidemic. These will be projects that state and local leaders have identified as promising. The first $1 million grant will be awarded to the North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition's (NCHRC) Rural Opioid Overdose Prevention Project, which distributes naloxone and provides education in five rural North Carolina counties. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)



By 2100, arid cities will suffer from more severe heat waves than temperate cities

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Princeton University, Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs) By 2100, arid cities like Phoenix will become hotbeds for heatwaves compared to their rural surroundings, while cities on the eastern seaboard will be less severely affected by heatwaves compared to theirs. The findings highlight the importance of heat-mitigation strategies and infrastructures such as green roofs. (Source: EurekAlert! - Social and Behavioral Science)



Working with Veteran Patients: Veterans Choice and the SC Rural Access to Veterans Health Resource Grant

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 11:55:09 +0100

March 2, 2018 12:00-1:00pm ET. (Source: HSR Information Central)

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HRSA: Low Income Levels Used for Various Health Professions and Nursing Programs Authorized in Titles III, VII, and VIII of the Public Health Service Act

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100

Notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) updating income levels used to identify a low-income family for the purpose of determining eligibility for programs that provide health professions and nursing training to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Low-income levels are adjusted annually based on HHS ’s poverty guidelines. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)



Here Are the Places That Struggle to Meet the Rules on Safe Drinking Water

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100

Details some of the concerns about safe drinking water in the U.S. A new study found that many of the country's water systems have been in violation of federal Safe Drinking Water health standards, and that these violations are more common in small, rural, and low-income communities which may not have the resources to keep up with these federal standards. Also includes some possible solutions. (Source: News stories via the Rural Assistance Center)



Canadian stroke victims at higher risk of dying in rural hospitals

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Universit é Laval) Canadians who suffer a stroke have a higher risk of dying if they are treated in a rural hospital rather than an urban one. According to a new study published in PLOS One by Universit é Laval researchers, the mortality rate in the months that follow a stroke is approximately 25 percent higher for patients treated in rural areas. (Source: EurekAlert! - Medicine and Health)



OHSU, CDC unravel mysterious eye infection

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

(Oregon Health& Science University) A 26-year-old Oregon woman was the first known case of a human being infected with the cattle eyeworm Thelazia gulosa, which normally affects large animals. She was likely infected while being around cows near her rural home, experts conclude in a paper published in the American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene. (Source: EurekAlert! - Infectious and Emerging Diseases)



Health, education groups receive $600,000 for distance learning, telemedicine

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 01:55:54 +0100

Rural health providers will use the funding for better access to training for opioid overdose emergencies. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Biotechnology headlines)

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This Year ’s Flu Is Now as Bad as the 2009 Swine Flu Epidemic, CDC Says

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 19:02:38 +0100

(NEW YORK) — The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago. A government report out Friday shows 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That ties the highest level seen in the U.S. during swine flu in 2009. And it surpasses every winter flu season since 2003, when the government changed the way it measures flu. “I wish that there were better news this week, but almost everything we’re looking at is bad news,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat, acting director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Flu season usually takes off in late December and peaks around February. This season started early and was widespread in many states by Decem...



Health, education groups receive $600,000 for distance learning, telemedicine

Sat, 10 Feb 2018 18:40:41 +0100

Rural health providers will use the funding for better access to training for opioid overdose emergencies. (Source: bizjournals.com Health Care:Physician Practices headlines)



Weekly Postings

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 17:27:30 +0100

See something of interest? Please share our postings with colleagues in your institutions! Spotlight NNLM is offering stipends of up to $500 to support travel and lodging for the Health Information for Public Librarians Symposium at the MLA Annual meeting in Atlanta, GA. First come, first serve! Learn more about eligibility and instructions on how to apply. Member Highlights: Central Library of Rochester & Monroe County, Rochester, NY – Learn about the ongoing outreach efforts of Central Library as they strive to eliminate resource barriers in their community. Is your organization working on a similar project? Tell us about it! NNLM MAR is always interested in learning about health outreach activities that are happening in Pennsylvania, New York, New Jersey and Delaware. National...



Emergency training scheme for nurses in remote Scottish areas

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 11:25:00 +0100

Nurses and other health professionals in rural areas of Scotland are to gain access to a wider range of emergency training, thanks to a scheme drawing on developments in remote learning technology. (Source: Nursing Times)

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Zimbabwe:Foot-And-Mouth Infected Cattle Burnt

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 10:43:41 +0100

[The Herald] The Ministry of Lands, Agriculture and Rural Resettlement yesterday slaughtered and burnt 16 foot-and-mouth infected cattle at Ardlui Farm in Chegutu to curb the spread of the disease in the province. (Source: AllAfrica News: Health and Medicine)



Public Inspection: HRSA: Low Income Levels Used for Various Health Professions and Nursing Programs

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 06:00:00 +0100

Pre-publication notice from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) updating income levels used to identify a low-income family for the purpose of determining eligibility for programs that provide health professions and nursing training to individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Low-income levels are adjusted annually based on HHS ’s poverty guidelines. Final publication in the Federal Register is scheduled for February 12, 2018. (Source: Federal Register updates via the Rural Assistance Center)



In This Issue

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 03:46:29 +0100

Rural U.S. women are less likely than city dwellers to receive preventive reproductive health care, and differences in availability of obstetrician-gynecologists may not always be the cause of the disparity, Cynthia H. Chuang and colleagues report in this issue of Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health (page 78). (Source: The Guttmacher Institute)



Helping social entrepreneurs improve rural life

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0100

Challenges facing rural regions include few higher educational opportunities and lack of public transport, healthcare and shops. An EU-funded project combines research and training to help entrepreneurs improve life in such areas so as to encourage young people to stay and persuade those who have left to return. (Source: EUROPA - Research Information Centre)



New Bollywood film about rural innovator spotlights menstrual health, women ’s rights

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 22:52:33 +0100

Bollywood is highlighting the issue of menstrual hygiene in a new comedy-drama that aims to break taboos around sanitary pads. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)

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Trifecta of opioids, alcohol and suicide are blamed for the drop in U.S. life expectancy

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 22:25:00 +0100

An epidemic of despair is disproportionately claiming the lives of rural white Americans in the prime of adulthood. And for a second year in a row, their deaths by drugs, drink and self-destruction have caused life expectancy in the United States to fall.That milestone, suggests aneditorial in... (Source: Los Angeles Times - Science)



Redefining Rural Food Deserts by Transportation Networks

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 18:26:12 +0100

March 13, 2018 2:00pm ET. (Source: PHPartners.org)



Drugs, Alcohol and Suicide Are Causing Life Expectancy in America to Drop Dramatically

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 15:21:19 +0100

U.S. life expectancy has decreased for the second year in a row, and an editorial in the BMJ points to three contributing factors: drugs, alcohol and suicides, particularly among middle-age white Americans and those living in rural communities. The authors of the paper paint a bleak picture of the problems facing much of the United States today, but the authors say that policies that bolster the middle-class can help reverse the trend. The recent drop in life expectancy is alarming, the editorial states, “because life expectancy has risen for much of the past century in developed countries, including in the U.S.” Compared to gains made by other developed countries, however, the United States began to lose ground in the 1980s. Americans’ life expectancy plateaued in 2012, ...



New Bollywood film about rural innovator spotlights menstrual health, women's rights

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 05:00:00 +0100

Bollywood is highlighting the issue of menstrual hygiene in a new comedy-drama that aims to break taboos around sanitary pads. (Source: UN News Centre - Women, Children, Population)



This Teacher and Survivor is on a Mission to End Gender-Based Violence

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 20:29:19 +0100

February 07, 2018Sylvia is helping young people protect themselves from violence, access health services, and stay in school.Wokuri Sylvia is a 45-year-old survivor of gender-based violence (GBV) and today is a primary school teacher in Mbale,Uganda, on a mission to keep girls and boys safe from violence.As a teenager in rural Mbale, Sylvia experienced her parents ’ horrible divorce. With no secure social support, she lost her teen years to turmoil.“When my parents divorced, it was horrible,” says Sylvia. “Our family broke up. My siblings stayed with different relatives. It was brutal as a teenager trying to find a place in my community.”Sylvia became pregnant and dropped out of school. She moved in with her boyfriend and gave birth to a baby girl. She soon became pregnant again,...

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National Rural Health Day

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 18:27:55 +0100

Each year the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health and its partners set aside the third Thursday of November to celebrate National Rural Health Day (NRHD). NRHD is an opportunity to " Celebrate the Power of Rural. " (Source: PHPartners.org)



Depressed Rural HIV Patients May Benefit From Therapy Via Phone

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 18:00:00 +0100

Telephone - administered interpersonal psychotherapy associated with fewer depressive symptoms (Source: The Doctors Lounge - Psychiatry)



A safe pregnancy is every woman ’s right: Midwifery care saves lives in Myanmar

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 15:30:09 +0100

FALAM, Myanmar – Ngun Hlei was lucky to have seen a midwife during her third pregnancy. Many women in Myanmar don ’t.“I felt very unwell for many months during that pregnancy. But what could I do? I carried on with my work making snacks for selling at the market,” she explained recently in the rural town of Falam, in north-western Myanmar.“I didn’t stop to think that there could be a serious problem until I saw the midwife,” she added. (Source: UNFPA News)