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Making an impact: Bridging the gap in rural pediatric dentistry.

According to an American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry technical brief, two-thirds of the nation’s federally designated dental health professional shortage areas are in rural America. As a result, children in rural areas are more likely to have poor oral health compared to their urban peers. To address the need for pediatric dental care in rural communities, stakeholders are working together to overcome barriers and find sustainable solutions..

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NRHA staff accepted for Obama Foundation Leaders USA Program.

NRHA is proud to announce that Zil Joyce Dixon Romero, NRHA program services manager, is among the first cohort of 100 emerging changemakers selected to participate in the Obama Foundation’s Leaders USA Program. The six-month virtual program supports and connects emerging leaders in the United States for the first time, joining past cohorts from Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Europe through a values-based leadership framework inspired by the ideals and legacy of President and Mrs. Obama..

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3 considerations when transitioning new graduate nurses to rural practice.

Transitioning new graduate nurses (NGNs) from school to the clinical environment has been a longstanding challenge, particularly in rural health care organizations. Although leaders in academia and practice share the same goal of ensuring new nurses are prepared to meet the demands of the constantly evolving health care landscape, they often have different points of view on practice readiness. While much of the focus has been on preparing graduates, we must remember that practice leaders....

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How rural providers can act big and stay small with accountable care.

Rural health organizations face challenges including staffing shortages, rising costs, and a growing Medicare population. A recent report highlighted 136 rural hospital closures from 2010 to 2021 that has exacerbated the problem. Rural residents are also less likely to utilize preventative health services, which adds to the concerns of an already compromised and often isolated patient demographic..

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Debt Ceiling Deal Reached.

On May 28, 2023, an agreement in principle was reached between the White House and House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to suspend the US debt ceiling until 2025. In the United States, the debt ceiling is a legislative limit on the amount of national debt that can be incurred by the U.S. Treasury. The agreement includes: .

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