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Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse Toolkit

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

The Rural Assistance Center has produced a Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse Toolkit. The toolkit contains several modules, each of which focuses on a different aspect of mental health services in rural areas.

Modules include:

  • Mental Health and Substance Abuse in Rural Communities
  • Where to Begin – Determining Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse Needs
  • Development and Use of Evidence-based Interventions
  • Evaluating Rural Mental Health and Substance Abuse Programs
  • Program Clearinghouse

Access the full toolkit: http://bit.ly/1m5a73i

 

New report: Addressing the Health Care Needs of Rural Veterans

Tuesday, April 15th, 2014

A new report, published National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, provides guidance to state offices of rural health and others who are involved in the delivery of health care and health information to rural veterans. The report includes rural veteran statistics, issues specific to rural veteran health care and potential solutions/best practices, and a review of recent literature.

Read the report (.pdf): http://bit.ly/1t521cB

Health Insurance Outreach and Enrollment Topic Guide

Thursday, March 6th, 2014

Rural Assistance Center – Information and resources for rural health and human service providers so they can help their patients, clients, and community members understand the health insurance options available under the Affordable Care Act.

Available here: http://bit.ly/1hQJPhN

STEP-UP Summer Research Program for American Indian/Alaska Native High School Students and Mentors

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

The Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) is a federally funded program managed and supported by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disease (NIDDK). The overall goal of the NIDDK’s STEP-UP program is to build and sustain a biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social science research pipeline focused on NIDDK mission areas. The project aims to expose American Indian/Alaska Native current year junior and senior high school students to the science of diabetes, endocrinology, metabolism, nutrition and obesity through an 8-10 week summer research program.

Application Deadline: February 15, 2014

More information is available online: http://1.usa.gov/1ng3IB7

National Health Service Corps Loan Repayment Program

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

The National Health Service Corps opened their 2013 Loan Repayment Program application cycle. The program offers primary care medical, dental, mental and behavioral health providers the opportunity to have their student loans repaid while serving in communities with limited access to care. Urban Indian Health programs are noted as approved sites.
 
Application Deadline: March 20, 2014

More information is available online: http://1.usa.gov/1fuzYLu

Community Health Workers Toolkit

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014

The Rural Assistance Center of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services provides a Community Health Workers Toolkit to reach underserved populations. The kit, using evidence-based approaches from rural communities, is designed to help evaluate opportunities for developing a community health workers program and includes resources and best practices: http://bit.ly/1ebLvNs

Guidance for private well owners: webinars

Monday, January 13th, 2014

The National Ground Water Association, with funding from the Environmental Protection Agency, is providing a no-cost webinar series for private well owners. Upcoming topics include:

  • Testing Your Well Water: Where Do You Begin? (January 28)
  • Treating Well Water: Where Do You Begin? (February 4)
  • Water Well Maintenance: Where Do You Begin? (February 26)

Register for the webinars: http://bit.ly/1eAmoFG

The webinars will be recorded and available via Wellowner.org.

 

Childhood Agricultural Injuries: Factsheet and Resources

Monday, January 6th, 2014

According to the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, a child dies in an agriculture-related incident about every three days in the United States.  Dangers to youth on farms include machinery, vehicles (including ATVs), and animals.

Childhood Agricultural Injuries in the U. S. (2014 Fact Sheet): http://bit.ly/1f1gRNi
Agricultural Safety Resources
Cultivate Safety (National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety): http://cultivatesafety.org/
ToxTown (Farm): http://1.usa.gov/16qSuSH

HIV In Rural America Webinar Recording

Monday, November 4th, 2013

The Rural Assistance Center and the Health Resources and Services Administration’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy hosted a webinar on October 1, 2013 focused on HIV/AIDS in Rural America. In an effort to reach stakeholders and in support of the National AIDS Strategy this webinar focused on the Ryan White Program, Research and Prevention.

Featured Speakers:

  • Janice C. Probst, PhD, Director, South Carolina Rural Health Research Center and Professor, Department of Health Services Policy and Management, Arnold School of Public Health discussed research findings on HIV/AIDS in Rural America.
  • Bill Yarber, Senior Director Rural Center for AIDS/STD Prevention presented on HIV/AIDS Prevention.

A link to the recording and supporting materials are available at the Rural Assistance Center’s web site: http://bit.ly/19veL35

Reducing Environmental Exposures: Resources

Monday, October 7th, 2013

Do you live near natural gas drilling or other areas of industrial pollution? The Southwest Pennsylvania Environmental Health Project has tips for “breaking the pathways of exposure” in your home. Resources include ways to reduce your exposure to air, water, noise and light pollutants.  There is also a toolkit for medical personnel: “Health Concerns in the Era of Gas Drilling: A Basic Toolkit for Healthcare Providers.”

Access resources here: http://bit.ly/15hlrQy