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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:

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:

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:

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:

The webinars will be recorded and available via


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):
Agricultural Safety Resources
Cultivate Safety (National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety):
ToxTown (Farm):

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:

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:

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:

Tox Town Farm:

National Center for Farmworker Health:




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):

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: