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Archive for the ‘Rural’ Category

Addiction Treatment in Rural Communities

Wednesday, June 22nd, 2016

Small town life in America is affected by the opioid crisis, but communities are coming together to implement solutions and try new ideas. Partnering and combing resources facilitates change. Read about what one town in Massachusetts is doing to make a difference: http://bit.ly/28O78LW

The People’s Garden Initiative

Tuesday, June 14th, 2016

The People’s Garden Initiative works across USDA and with partners to start and sustain school gardens, community gardens, urban farms, and small-scale agriculture projects in rural and urban areas with the mission of growing healthy food, people and communities. This work is accomplished through collaboration and volunteerism. It is named in honor of President Lincoln’s description of USDA as “The People’s Department.” Learn more at http://1.usa.gov/1s8rlmi

Preparing for heat and extreme heat

Thursday, June 9th, 2016

As the temperatures rise, many health organizations are reminding people to take precautions from the heat and sun.

In “Using Data to Prepare for the Next Heat Wave,” the CDC shares how public health officials in Minnesota are using data on heat-related illnesses to identify areas that need increased attention. http://1.usa.gov/1YgxDMQ

The AgriSafe Network reminds readers of the warning signs of heat-related illnesses as well as ways to prevent them. http://bit.ly/1WGR7KQ

In a Successful Farming article, AgriSafe’s clinical director, Carolyn Sheridan, also provides tips for farmers (and other outdoor workers) on protecting oneself from the sun. http://bit.ly/1XcAuqr

Farmers Markets Directory

Friday, May 27th, 2016

Spring is the perfect time to connect with local farmers markets. Use the USDA Farmers Market Directory to find market locations, directions, operating times, product offerings, accepted forms of payment, and more. Local markets are a great place to purchase fresh fruits, vegetables, eggs, bread, meat, and dairy that is grown or produced in your area. Encourage your friends, family, and clients to explore local farmers markets. Please see the site for more information: http://1.usa.gov/1XWfLqj

USDA Community Connect Grants

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016

From USDA Rural Development, http://1.usa.gov/1qZZsfo

Application Deadline: June 17, 2016

“This program helps fund broadband deployment into rural communities where it is not yet economically viable for private sector providers to deliver service… The projects funded by these grants help rural residents tap into the enormous potential of the Internet for jobs, education, healthcare, public safety and community development.”

Eligible applicants include most state and local governments, federally-recognized tribes, non-profits, and for-profit corporations.

Originally seen on RHIhub

PACE Provides Much-Needed Rural Supports and Services for Older Adults

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

The Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) has many advantages for older residents of rural communities. The principal tenet of PACE is that it is better for older adults with chronic conditions to remain in the community as long as possible. The American Society on Aging describes the program at: hhttp://bit.ly/23vzKAI

PACE programs continue to grow and innovate in America’s rural and urban communities. They excel at serving some of the nation’s most vulnerable populations and always strive to keep older adults living in their homes and communities. To learn more about the PACE Model of Care and PACE programs, please visit the National PACE Association at: http://bit.ly/1oYGuEb

Understanding the Social Determinants of Health

Wednesday, April 13th, 2016

Understanding the Social Determinants of Health – A Self-Guided Learning Module for Rural Health Care Teams is designed with two goals in mind: To help people who work in rural health learn more about the concept of social determinants of health; and to enable rural health teams to improve outcomes in their communities by addressing factors that contribute to the social determinants of health. Find out more here: http://bit.ly/20CvwCk

Introduction to Tele-behavioral Health webinar

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

From SAMHSA-HRSA Center for Integrated Health Solutions, http://1.usa.gov/1WYseXR

An Introduction to Tele-behavioral Health: What’s New and Why it Makes Sense

Webinar presented by Jay Ostrowki, National Board for Certified Counselors and Affiliates
Date: Thursday, April 14, 2016 Time: 1:00 pm to 2:00pm (EDT)

To register for the webinar, visit http://1.usa.gov/1WYseXR

This webcast is designed to help you begin exploring how telemedicine may help increase access to behavioral health services for your patients. Key issues and growth opportunities in the telemental health industry will be covered.

Visit http://1.usa.gov/1UUY6yG for more information and to see upcoming presentations in the Enhancing Access to Behavioral Health Care: A Webcast Series on Tele-behavioral Health.

Am I Rural? tool gets an update

Wednesday, March 30th, 2016

Adapted from RHIhub, http://bit.ly/1qjNZai 

Use Am I Rural? to determine whether specific locations are considered rural based on various definitions the term, including definitions that are used as eligibility criteria for federal programs such as Rural Health Clinics and Federal Office of Rural Health Policy grant programs. It also states whether that address is in a Health Professional Shortage Areas or Medically Underserved Areas/Populations.

The tutorial on YouTube shows how to use the tool and what information it provides. http://bit.ly/1SxZsMn

Rural Services Integration Toolkit

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

This new toolkit from the Rural Health Information Hub offers strategies for rural communities seeking to integrate health and human services to increase care coordination, improve health outcomes, and reduce healthcare costs. The toolkit provides information, considerations for implementation, evidence-based models, and resources: http://bit.ly/1pyZdXM