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Responding to sexual or domestic violence – resources for rural communities

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month, and many useful resources are being shared across websites and social media. Accessing services and resources can be especially difficult in rural communities. Here are a few resources that might help those who support survivors of sexual or domestic violence in rural places.

Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence

  • Rural Partnership Guide: Building Partnerships Between Rural Service Providers and Faith Communities to Support Domestic and Sexual Violence Victims and Survivors
  • Training Model
  • Tips and flyers for faith leaders

Rural Victim Assistance: A Victim/Witness Guide for Rural Prosecutors  by the American Prosecutors Research Institute (APRI), published on the Office for Victims of Crimes website

RHIhub Domestic Violence topic page


#RuralHealthChat: Rural Health Literacy

Tuesday, April 18th, 2017

Chat with health literacy experts on Twitter using #RuralHealthChat on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 11am CT.  Check out RHIhub’s Rural Health Literacy Twitter Chat page for more information.

Rural Health Literacy #RuralHealthChat Twitter Chat with @RuralHealthInfo on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 11am Central, Co-hosts Dr. Elwood (NIH), R.V. Rikard (Michigan State University), and Dr. Hadden (UAMS Center for Health Literacy)

Addressing Public Health Crises: Suicide and Opioid Addiction

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

During National Public Health Week, April 3-9, we celebrate the progress we’ve made helping people live healthier lives and those public health professionals who have helped us make that progress. But one hallmark of public health is life expectancy, and the United States just experienced a drop in overall life expectancy for the first time since 1993. This was due in part to increases in two of the nation’s most heart-breaking and yet preventable public health issues facing us: the increasing rate of suicide and the increasing misuse of opioid drugs.

Suicide rates in less urban areas have been higher than those in more urban areas. During the time period 1999 to 2015, the gap in suicide rates increased between less urban and more urban areas.

Both opioid addiction and suicide are serious preventable and treatable public health problems, and everyone has a role to play. Learn about some of the available resources for treatment options, mental health and behavioral health issues and related concerns:

This information comes from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services HHS Blog post by Judy Sarasohn, HHS Public Affairs.

Resources for Developing an Understanding of Health Disparities recording

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017

The Association of Clinicians for the Underserved shared the recording of “Resources for Developing an Understanding of Health Disparities,” a presentation given by Susan White, MD on February 28, 2017. “This workshop reviews online tools that offer both general and community specific interactive learning activities to help primary care providers better understand the community and the challenges of their patients. A variety of tools including Spent, bias assessment, medication simulation, Dartmouth Health Atlas, Google Maps, and community food resources will be presented.”

Community Health Workers and Oral Health

Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

Smiles for Life: A National Oral Health Curriculum is available free online to everyone. Community Health Workers are being trained in Appalachia, using the curriculum, to educate patients on dental hygiene and oral health, to help reduce dental health disparities in rural America. Social determinants of health, poor health literacy, and health habits can lead to oral health issues. Read more about the Regional Oral Health Pathways project at the Rural Health Information Hub.

Rural J-1 Visa Waiver

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017

The J-1 Visa Program is designed to help rural communities staff under-served areas with qualified physicians who are international medical graduates. The Rural Health Information Hub provides a topic guide to answer frequently asked questions, list resources, link to organizations and give updated news about this issue. Visit the guide for information on the J-1 Visa Waiver program’s impact on rural health and find news, funding, and resources related to the program:

Rural Mortality and Preventable Deaths – Insights from the CDC MMWR Rural Health Series webinar

Monday, February 27th, 2017

Date: Wednesday, March 1, 2017
Time: 8:00am Pacific, 9:00am Mountain, 10:00am Central, 11:00am Eastern
Duration: approximately 90 minutes

This webinar will feature the lead authors of the rural health series CDC MMWR report and companion commentary, who will address the research findings and recommendations for reducing potentially preventable deaths. Also featured will be a program funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to share best practices and successes in their endeavor to reduce obesity, one of the major risk factors contributing to a number of the leading causes of death as cited by CDC.

Text adapted from RHIhub.

New CDC Series on Rural Health Topics

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2017

Throughout 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will highlight rural healthcare issues in a special series of the  Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR). Covered so far are the leading causes of death in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas, and health-related behaviors classified by county. Upcoming topics may include chronic diseases, healthy behaviors, reproductive health, injuries and exposures, and agriculture safety and health. See the MMWR Rural Health Series here:

Rural Health Workforce

Wednesday, February 8th, 2017

Maintaining the healthcare workforce is fundamental to providing healthcare quality and access in rural areas. Recently updated by the Rural Health Information Hub, this “Rural Healthcare workforce” topic guide covers a wide range of issues related to the healthcare workforce in rural areas, including supply and demand, workforce distribution, characteristics of the rural healthcare workforce, strategies to meet workforce needs, and more:

Rural HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Toolkit

Monday, January 23rd, 2017

Rural Health Information Hub has created a new toolkit: Rural HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment. Like other evidence-based toolkits on the site, the Rural HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Toolkit provides models for programs, evaluation tools and sustainability resources.

Rural HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment: