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Archive for the ‘Rural’ Category

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:

Rural Development Programs for American Indians/Alaska Natives

Wednesday, January 11th, 2017

Collaborating for Prosperity with American Indians and Alaska Natives: Programs for Tribal Families, Children, and Communities highlights the major USDA Rural Development programs and initiatives that support American Indians and Alaska Natives. Topics include food security, housing, education, healthcare, economic opportunity, and infrastructure. Also included are program specific details and contact information for the RD office in each state. Access the resource here:

Access to Care for Rural People with Disabilities Toolkit

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

The intent of this toolkit is to provide rural communities with the information, strategies, resources, and other important materials that could be helpful in implementing a program to improve access to care for people with disabilities. This toolkit consists of seven modules. Each module contains specific information that communities can use to develop a program to improve access to care for people with disabilities. There are also links within each module to connect to resources and materials that can help in creating your program.

Access the toolkit at

Also, check the health topic guide, Rural People with Disabilities at

Innovations for Healthy Living grant for small business concerns

Thursday, December 15th, 2016

Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) RFA-MD-17-001 from the National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) invites eligible United States small business concerns (SBCs) to submit Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant applications that propose to develop a product, process or service for commercialization with the aim of reducing disparities in healthcare access and health outcomes and in preventing disease and improving health in one or more NIH-defined health disparity population group(s). Appropriate technologies should be effective, affordable, culturally acceptable, and deliverable to racial/ethnic minorities, low-income and rural populations. Open date is January 22, 2017 and applications are due February 22, 2017.

Health Guides in Multiple Languages

Thursday, December 8th, 2016

Hesperian is a non-profit that creates and distributes plain language health guides in multiple languages. Although they sell print books, pdf versions of their books, including Where there is no doctor, and many fact sheets are available for no-cost download.

Hesperian Health Guides: