#Rural Health

Valley Health distributing COVID tests

WINCHESTER, Va. – At a time of high community COVID-19 positivity, Valley Health is distributing more than 150,000 free COVID-19 test kits throughout its rural service area, courtesy of the federal government. The 2-test kits began arriving last week as part of a federal effort to address the needs...
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3 financial indicators that could predict rural hospital closures

The 56 rural hospitals that closed between January 2017 and August 2020 have three things in common, a January study by the NC Rural Health Research Program found. 1. The rural hospital closures are mostly in the southeast and south-central census divisions. 2. In the year before they closed, most...
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$13 million announced for recovery programs in West Virginia

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. — West Virginia’s senators announced last week the availability of $13 million in funding for programs that aim to address the opioid crisis in the state. U.S. Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, a Republican, and Joe Manchin, a Democrat, both members of the Senate Appropriations Committee, said...
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NC study finds three financial indicators that could predict the closure of a rural hospital

Since 2005, 181 rural hospitals across the country have shut their doors permanently — 56 of those between 2017 and 2020. Scholars at the North Carolina Rural Health Research Program and the Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research at UNC Chapel Hill watch the issue closely. Two researchers recently decided to investigate: did the most recent closures have anything in common financially?

Holt to lead WVSOM's Center for Rural and Community Health

Barbara Holt has been named executive director of the Center for Rural and Community Health (CRCH) at the West Virginia School of Osteopathic Medicine (WVSOM). The mission of the CRCH is to drive engagement in rural health through education, research and community engagement. Holt said she is pleased to oversee the center’s operation, management and […] The post Holt to lead WVSOM's Center for Rural and Community Health appeared first on West Virginia Daily News.

$103 Million Awarded to Reduce Burnout and Promote Mental Health and Wellness Among Health Care Workforce

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), recently announced $103 million in awards to improve the retention of health care workers and help respond to the nation’s critical staffing needs by reducing burnout and promoting mental health and wellness among the health care workforce. These awards will fund evidence-informed programs, practices and training, with a specific focus on providers in underserved and rural communities. The funds, secured through the Biden-Harris Administration’s American Rescue Plan, will be disbursed to 45 grantees.

Straight Talk with Sam: Saving our rural hospitals

Our rural hospitals are in a crisis. This isn’t a new problem, but the COVID-19 pandemic has certainly made it worse. For years, healthcare costs have gone up while Medicare reimbursement rates have gone down. That’s turned the screws on hospitals everywhere. However, it’s been a particular problem for rural America—where folks are much more likely to rely on Medicare.

Tough Questions to Ask: Can Mental Illnesses Run in My Family?

Mental health disorders are surrounded by many misconceptions and a social stigma that make it difficult for people with a mental illness to openly talk about their struggle. For many people, even discussing this issue with their family members can be a problem. However, if you want to learn more...

UNK constructing new building to focus on rural healthcare

KEARNEY, Neb. — UNK is preparing to build a multi-million dollar, state of the art Rural Health Complex. “I think it’s one of the most transformational projects we’ve had on this campus ever," said University of Nebraska at Kearney Chancellor Doug Kristensen. Kristensen acknowledged the need for...
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Helping people start health care careers target of Champaign/Clark State partnership: How to get involved

OhioMeansJobs Champaign County has partnered with Clark State College to help focus on careers in rural health care. The partnership expands new and existing career paths in rural health care that will focus on skills, competencies and credentials needed for middle- to high-skilled direct patient health care occupations; offer high-quality training options; provide support services to participants; and engage health care providers and employers, according to a release from the college.
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Rural Health, Selma Links work together for COVID-19 vaccinations

Selma Chapter of The Links Incorporated and the Rural Health Medical Program Incorporated worked together last weekend on COVID-19 vaccinations. The two organizations worked hard on expanding access to COVID19 Education, Testing, and Vaccines. The testing with the Selma Selma Chapter of The Links, Incorporated will run until Thursday. The...

LifeLabs partners with drone program to get meds to remote communities

Medical lab chain LifeLabs has partnered with the University of British Columbia to investigate how drone delivery could improve healthcare in remote first-nation communities. The project sees LifeLabs join forces with the Stellat’en First Nation, Village of Fraser Lake, the First Nations Health Authority (FHNA), the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (RCCbc), UBC’s Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, and Drone Delivery Canada (DDC).

Adventist Health – Manzanita Clinic Limited to Appointments Only; Communication/Contact Issues Due to Short-Staffing

Community members expressed concern when signage was posted that Adventist Health’s Manzanita Clinic was “closed” for the rest of January. The Pioneer reached out to John Hay, Adventist Health Communications Manager for more information. According to Hay, “Manzanita is open for care and will remain open. Some urgent care staff are having schedules adjusted to go where demand is very high, but only as a temporary measure.” He continued, “We had to make similar temporary staffing adjustments last summer as well. We are very appreciative of our staff who are providing excellent care to our patients in need.” The Manzanita Clinic is open for care appointments, but not for urgent care, directing those seeking urgent care to Tillamook.