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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

National Farm Safety & Health Week

Monday, September 16th, 2013

September 15-21 is National Farm Safety & Health Week.  According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), farm workers are 7x more likely to die on the job than other workers in private industry. Health concerns at farms include machinery accidents, chemicals and pesticides, and injuries from livestock.

For information on these and other environmental and occupational health hazards, check out the following resources.

MedlinePlus–Farm Health and Safety: http://1.usa.gov/15YkGil

Tox Town Farm: http://1.usa.gov/16qSuSH

National Center for Farmworker Health: http://www.ncfh.org/

OSHA: http://1.usa.gov/1bfnqJa

 

 

Training Promotores de Salud in HIV Prevention in Rural Latino communities: A Train-the-Trainer Curriculum (Spanish)

Friday, September 6th, 2013

Promotores de salud, or community health workers, are a proven mechanism to reach Latinos in rural areas. Poder Sano has developed a comprehensive Spanish-language train-the-trainer curriculum for individuals interested in training promotores de salud in HIV prevention. The curriculum is based on popular education techniques, and is culturally competent and linguistically sensitive.

The curriculum consists of five modules: The Role of Promotores, Sex and Sexuality, HIV/AIDS Prevention, HIV Testing and Treatment and Best Practices for Outreach. A unique feature of this curriculum is that in addition to the five core modules, it contains extra booster sessions to support promotores de salud in their continued learning and self-reflection. The curriculum also contains in-depth background information for the trainer.

Training Promotores de Salud in HIV Prevention in Rural Latino communities: A Train-the-Trainer Curriculum (Spanish): http://bit.ly/155cuKp

Rural Mental Health Materials

Thursday, August 15th, 2013

SAMHSA’s Resource Center to Promote Acceptance, Dignity and Social Inclusion Associated with Mental Health (ADS Center) - Links to brochures, fact sheets, articles, research and organizations addressing mental health issues across rural America.

Rural America makes up 90% of the United States landmass and is home to approximately 25% of the U.S. population. Despite these proportions, rural issues often are misunderstood, minimized, and not considered in forming national mental health policy.1

Stigma is particularly intense in rural communities, where anonymity is difficult to maintain.2 The negative attitudes attached to having a mental disorder in a rural area can lead to under-diagnosis and under-treatment of mental disorders among rural residents. Additionally, finding a mental health provider and accessing care is more difficult in rural areas than urban areas, with persons with mental illnesses sometimes spending more time traveling to see a provider than at actual appointments.

Information on mental health issues in rural areas, including how to increase social inclusion and reduce discrimination, can be found in the materials available here: http://1.usa.gov/18ycQsj

Webinar on Rural Oral Health Toolkit

Thursday, July 25th, 2013

Please join the Rural Assistance Center for a free webinar featuring the newly released Rural Oral Health Toolkit. http://bit.ly/1aEU3Ar

Webinar Title: Improving Access to Oral Health Care in Rural Communities

Date: Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Time: 1:00pm Central (11:00am Pacific, 12:00pm Mountain, 2:00pm Eastern)

Description: The Rural Assistance Center and NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis recently released a Rural Oral Health Toolkit to help rural communities improve access to oral health care. Developed by NORC on behalf of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP), the toolkit contains resources to help communities develop oral health programs by building on best practices of successful oral health program models. This webinar will feature two examples of successful programs funded by ORHP, including lessons learned.

Featured Speakers:

  • Alycia Bayne, MPA, Senior Research Scientist from the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis will introduce the Rural Oral Health Toolkit.
  • Linda Mantessino, RN, MPH, FACHE, Grant Director for the Oral Health Outreach Grant Program awarded to Innis Community Health Center, will present on the Building Tomorrow’s Smiles Program, which focuses on enhancing oral health for toddlers and children through primary care clinics and a school based health center in rural Louisiana.
  • Darcy A. Czarnik Laurin, Executive Director of the Thumb Rural Health Network in Harbor Beach, Michigan, will present on the Partnering for Health Program, which strives to increase the number of low income uninsured individuals that have an ongoing source of care or medical home, including access to free or low cost oral health services.

Registration: Visit http://bit.ly/IruwaY to register. Please note, there are a limited number of seats available; however, we hope to make a recording available on our website after the live event. This webinar is free. A phone connection and high-speed internet are required to participate. Connection details will be e-mailed to you prior to the event.

If you have questions or problems with the registration process, please contact Cathy Westerhausen at cathy.westerhausen@med.und.edu or 701.777.0584.

Bilingual resource on Patient Centered Health Home

Monday, July 15th, 2013

The National Center for Bilingual Health has created a Health News issue on Patient-Centered Health Homes.  The issue is in English and Spanish: http://bit.ly/12ymfzB

Health News is published quarterly and provides health information in lay terminology.  Access past issues here: http://bit.ly/13h1HHf

Rural Oral Health Toolkit

Monday, July 15th, 2013

The Rural Assistance Center has created a new toolkit for rural oral health.  The toolkit provides resources in the planning, implementing and evaluating of rural oral health programs.  The toolkit provides examples of successful programs.  Access the toolkit: http://bit.ly/1aEU3Ar