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Essential outreach: Expanding mental health support for rural veterans

One in every five service members returns home from combat with at least one serious mental health issue. Successful treatment often requires specialized provider training to meet the unique needs of service members and veterans.

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Rural tech training, partnerships worth their weight in gold

One of 41 grantees to receive funds from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) to assist health entities with the successful adoption of electronic health records, NeKY RHIO’s sustainability model includes a membership plan with a threepronged approach: core services, IT services and support membership.

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Total immersion: Rethinking the future of rural health and well-being

Rural communities vary a great deal in terms of population, infrastructure, remoteness and culture. But in general, they are fundamentally different from cities along all of those same dimensions. It stands to reason, then, that the health care system that works well in rural America would be qualitatively different from the health care system that works well in cities. 

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Revealing the scope of rural OB unit closures

Closures of rural obstetrics units and entire hospitals have affected access to care for more than 28 million women of reproductive age living in rural America. With many hospitals closing OB units, women in rural areas are traveling many miles for treatment and delivery.

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Training builds rural health workforce one student at a time

With an average of only 40 primary doctors to take care of 100,000 patients in rural America,* it’s vital to find ways to entice more health care providers to practice rurally.

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Dentist brings oral health best practices to rural community

After W. Scott Garris earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in 1999, he jumped at the chance to purchase a dental practice in St. George, S.C.

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Aspiring doc’s old-school outlook on rural health

I have always enjoyed the classic “Andy Griffith Show.” In a time when many aspiring medical students choose “House MD” or “Grey’s Anatomy,” people are surprised by my choice. For me, it reminds me of my own ideals and aspirations. 

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Rural PREP program does that and more for future docs

Entering the second of its five years of funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration, the mission of Rural PREP is to improve and sustain rural health through community engagement and research in primary care health professions education.

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Rural pilot smoking cessation program proves beneficial

Prior to the implementation of Beat the Pack, a pilot smoking cessation program introduced last year at Carle Clinic in Mattoon, Ill., rural Coles County had no formal smoking cessation program. Beat the Pack helps take the burden off busy providers who don't always have time for smoking cessation counseling at patient appointments.

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Rural health champions honored in San Diego

The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) honored its 2017 Rural Health Award recipients on May 11 during NRHA’s 40th Annual Rural Health Conference in San Diego, Calif., before an audience of more than 800 rural health professionals and students.

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