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National Rural Health Day proclamation.

As we celebrate National Rural Health Day and reflect on the obstacles to providing health care in rural areas, the Rural Health Action Alliance urges Congress to continue investment in rural health infrastructure. As we look back on the challenges rural communities faced throughout the pandemic, RHAA urges Congress to create an Office of Rural Health at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), as proposed in the Rural Health Equity Act (H.R. 5848 & S. 3149) introduced by Rep....

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CMS seeks to advance rural, tribal, and geographically isolated community health.

Nearly 61 million Americans live in rural, tribal, geographically isolated areas, as well as U.S. territories that face similar but locally unique challenges regarding time and distance to health care facilities, health professional shortages, and other barriers. That’s why the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is working to advance health equity across the nation’s health system to enable people living and working in rural, tribal, and geographically isolated....

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Building sustainable rural substance use disorder partnerships.

As rural communities work to address the opioid epidemic, they face limited service and workforce capacity, stigma, health disparities, and sparse populations. Through the Health Resources and Service Administration’s (HRSA) Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) multi-year initiative, more than $400 million has been invested across more than 1,500 counties within 47 states and two territories since 2018 to address these barriers and assist rural communities in reducing the....

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NRHA’s new rural obesity and chronic disease partnership.

Obesity is the second leading cause of preventable death in the United States, contributing to the deaths of more than 300,000 Americans annually. Being obese or overweight puts individuals at risk for many chronic conditions, such as type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, and some forms of cancer. In many cases, obesity can also impact and be exacerbated by a person’s mental health and well-being, contributing to depression, anxiety, low self-esteem, and sleep disorders..

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Ensuring health equity for our rural LGBTQ+ neighbors.

Education is vital to achieving rural LGBTQ+ health equity, but many health care providers and staff do not receive training specific to these populations in school. Without access to high quality, timely, and affirming care, LGBTQ+ residents may go without necessary routine or preventive care and may have a harder time getting appropriate care during acute and emergency situations..

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