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Keeping Kids Safe on the Farm

Monday, September 21st, 2015

According to the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, over 950,000 children and teens live on farms in the United States (source: Additionally, this time of year, many families and school groups are headed to farms for autumn activities.

On September 23, from 12-1 pm CDT, there will be a webinar entitled Harvest Season: Are Children Safe?

Details and registration:

Farm Safety resources:


ToxTown Farm:

Resource Guide: Rural Migrant Health

Monday, August 24th, 2015

The Rural Assistance Center has released an updated resource guide on Rural Migrant Health. The guide lists unique health challenges faced by migrant agricultural workers and barriers to accessing health care. The guide provides examples of model programs to address those challenges and barriers, lists organizations that provide migrant health care, and includes funding opportunities.

Rural Migrant Health (Rural Assistance Center):

More Veterans Get Choice in Healthcare

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Faster, Closer Access Expands

More veterans now have access to faster, closer healthcare through the Veterans Choice Program.  The Choice Program allows vets to see doctors who are not associated with the Department of Veterans Affairs, if:

The vet enrolled in VA health care on or before August 1, 2014, or is eligible to enroll as a recently discharged combat veteran


The vet has been (or will be) waiting more than 30 days for VA medical care


The vet lives more than 40 miles away from a VA medical care facility or faces one of several excessive travel burdens.

The VA recently changed how it determines how far a vet lives from the nearest VA medical facility, using actual driving distance instead of measuring the distance in a straight line. That means more veterans are now eligible for the program under the 40-mile rule.


Veterans Choice Program:

Learn 10 more facts about the Veterans Choice Program go here:

To find out more about health issues and benefits for veterans, visit:

Resource Guide: Rural Hunger and Access to Healthy Food

Monday, August 10th, 2015

The Rural Assistance Center has updated their Topic Guide for Rural Hunger and Access to Healthy Food. The guide includes organizations that work to address hunger, correlations between food insecurity and health outcomes and how rural healthcare organizations can work to address food and nutrition issues.

Rural Hunger and Access to Healthy Food:

Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care

Friday, July 10th, 2015

The Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care, developed by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, contains the information and tools needed to implement state-of-the-art suicide prevention practices in primary care settings. Although the tools are designed with the rural practice in mind, most are quite suitable for use in non-rural settings as well. The toolkit includes sections on educating clinicians and office staff and developing mental health partnerships, as well as patient management tools and patient education tools.

Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care:

Rural Child Poverty Telehealth Network Grant Program

Thursday, June 18th, 2015

Federal Office of Rural Health Policy – Awards funding to telehealth networks that integrate social and human service organizations. Networks must demonstrate how integration of social and human service organizations can expand access to, coordinate, and improve the quality of healthcare services for children living in impoverished rural areas.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: July 6, 2015

For more information:

Social Determinants of Health for Rural People

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

The Rural Assistance Center offers a new topic guide: Social Determinants of Health for Rural People. Visit this guide to learn how income-level, educational attainment, race, and where you reside impact health. Find statistics and FAQs on the health inequities that rural residents experience. This guide focuses on the health inequities that rural residents experience, discussing the impact of and documenting rural differences:

Rural Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Toolkit

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

Rural Assistance Center:

The Toolkit is designed to help you identify and implement a health promotion program. It also provides you with resources and best practices.

The toolkit is made up of several modules. Each concentrates on different aspects of health promotion programs. Modules also include resources for you to use in developing a program for your area.

NIOSH Agricultural Safety and Health Centers

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

The Centers for Agricultural Disease and Injury Research, Education, and Prevention represent a major NIOSH effort to protect the health and safety of agricultural workers and their families. The NIOSH Agricultural Centers were established as part of a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) / NIOSH Agricultural Health and Safety Initiative in 1990. The Centers were established by cooperative agreement to conduct research, education, and prevention projects to address the nation’s pressing agricultural health and safety problems.  Geographically, the Centers are distributed throughout the nation to be responsive to the agricultural health and safety issues unique to the different regions.

To view the objectives and reports of NIOSH and the various regional Centers:


Rural Healthy People 2020

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

While the majority of Americans reside in metropolitan areas, our nation’s public health challenges and concerns are certainly not confined to large urban centers. Nearly 20% of the U.S. population resides in non-metropolitan areas where they experience many of the same health challenges as their urban counterparts. It is this recognition of the unique health challenges faced by rural America that serves as the impetus for the Rural Healthy People 2020 project. The primary goal of this research effort is to identify and address the priority health concerns of rural America.


For each rural health priority identified, a brief review of literature on this disease or condition in rural America is provided and illustrative solutions summarized. For each rural health priority, researchers contacted select rural communities across the nation to find innovative programs and practices, which address these concerns. These Models for Practice illustrate promising approaches by rural communities to address their health priorities. Click here to read more about these Models for Practice.