Archive for the ‘Rural’ Category
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
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/
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
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
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.
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 701.777.0584.
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
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
Tuesday, June 25th, 2013
Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is an early intervention public education program that teaches the public how to assist someone experiencing a behavioral health crisis. MHFA teaches the skills needed to identify, understand, and respond to individuals who may be experiencing signs of a mental illness or substance use disorder. First Aid is administered to help individuals connect with appropriate care. The training is especially useful in rural communities where access to mental health services may be limited. Rural MHFA is a way to build community level capacity to identify mental health and substance use concerns early and for rural residents to increase their confidence to intervene and refer people to the resources that do exist. MHRA is a way to increase the level of baseline knowledge about emntal health and substance abuse and to decrease the negative perceptions often associated with these disorders.
Mental Health First Aid is a 12-hour course that teaches participants about:
- Risk factors and warning signs for mental health issues
- Prevalence of various mental health disorders
- The need to reduce stigma
- A 5-step action plan to assess a situation, identify appropriate interventions, and help those in need access mental health services
- Resources available to help people experiencing a mental health issue or problem
More information is available from the Rural Assistance Center online: http://bit.ly/136YxNd
Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013
When: Thursday, May 2, 2013
When: 11:00am – 12:30pm Pacific Time
Join Health Outreach Partners and Farmworker Justice for the “Medical-Legal Partnerships for Farmworker Health and Legal Service Organizations” webinar. The purpose of this webinar is to highlight medical-legal partnerships for farmworker serving organizations. Farmworker patients often experience the negative health impacts of the social determinants of health such as poor housing, employment issues, violence, and not being eligible for health and social programs. Medical-Legal Partnerships (MLPs) are increasingly working to address the social determinants of health by addressing both the health and legal needs of patients. Topics will include an overview of medical-legal partnerships, initiatives and strategies, challenges, and recommendations. Representatives from health centers and legal agencies serving migrant and seasonal farmworkers will serve as panelists and participants will have the opportunity to pose real-time questions relevant to the topic.
Reserve your webinar seat at: http://bit.ly/15GXQcV
Friday, April 19th, 2013
Rural Information Center – Database for identifying funding assistance programs offered by the federal government that rural areas can apply for. http://1.usa.gov/17M1zp4