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Rural mental health challenges and hope for the future

A dearth of mental health practitioners, social isolation — perhaps now exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis — and perceived stigma can combine to make identifying, quantifying, and treating mental health issues complicated everywhere, but particularly in rural areas. Researchers are taking action to pinpoint rural mental health needs and solutions.

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Chasing the horizon of rural telemedicine

Telemedicine provides the opportunity to share resources, lower costs, increase access, and provide specialty services that might otherwise be unavailable.

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Rural EMS: Critical services hang in the balance

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Provider shortages and limited access to health services are not new concerns for rural health systems, but access to emergency medical services (EMS) has also reached a critical juncture.

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Promoting a framework for age-friendly health systems

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Rural health care settings present unique challenges to older adults seeking care. Access to specialists and primary care may be an issue, with variables such as transportation, unemployment, and caregiver resources presenting additional barriers. 

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Approaching the issue of rural social isolation

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The complex problem of rural social isolation requires open-minded, unconventional solutions. From ad-hoc, online communities to creative grant funding, health care providers and rural residents can address the stigma of social isolation and depression. 

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WONCA World Rural Health Conference

October 12–15, 2019 | Albuquerque, New Mexico | WRHC19.org. This is an opportunity for you and your organization to engage and network with international clinicians, educators, health researchers, and providers.

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Make sure you get counted in 2020

Being included in the census can have a real impact on people in local communities. Having an accurate assessment of the diversity that makes up the American portrait is vital to ensure our communities receive the funding to which they are entitled. 

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Preparing nurse practitioners for rural practice

Educating more nurse practitioners (NPs) for rural practice is essential to address provider shortages in America’s small towns. The Collaborative for Rural Primary care Research, Education, and Practice (Rural PREP) is studying rural-oriented primary care NP education programs and clinical training consistent with the organization’s goal of improving education and preparing providers for successful rural primary care practice. 

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All of Us Research Program: One year after launch, momentum is key

The All of Us program aims to advance precision medicine, an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle. Learn about key updates and next steps for All of Us.

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Do these rural health issues look familiar?

Staffing challenges. Financial concerns. Rural regions ravaged by poverty, unemployment, and the opioid crisis. These harsh realities take center stage in this issue of Rural Horizons. And they are echoed in The Providers, a new PBS documentary that shows how rural health care professionals can make a difference in the lives of their patients in the face of overwhelming odds.

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