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Online Program for Veteran Mothers with Postpartum Depression

Wednesday, January 13th, 2016

The Veterans Affairs Office of Rural Health offers a pilot program,, to help rural, veteran mothers experiencing postpartum depression cope with the depression. An online intervention tool, MomMoodBooster, provides a variety of mood management resources and connects the mothers with phone coaches to help encourage the participants and track results:

Tick Bites: Resources for Disease Prevention

Monday, November 9th, 2015

Although small, ticks can cause serious conditions such as Lyme Disease and Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.

MedlinePlus and the Centers for Disease Control have resources for consumers and health care providers on avoiding and recognizing tick-borne illnesses.

It’s Open Season on Ticks (CDC):

Tick Bites (MedlinePlus):

Ticks (CDC):

Rural Care Coordination

Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

The Rural Assistance Center has a new topic guide: Rural Care Coordination.  Care coordination has great potential to improve rural health access and quality, as well as health outcomes. This new guide looks at opportunities, barriers, and models related to coordinating care in rural settings. Topics covered include Accountable Care Organizations, patient-centered medical homes, the role of HIT in care coordination, and more:

Rural Hospital Guide to Improving Care Management

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

The Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project Guide is now available from the National Rural Health Resource Center: This guide was developed to provicde best practices to rural hospitals and to assist State Offices of Rural Health to develop educational training. Get the guide at:

Affordable Care Act: Guide for Agricultural Workers

Thursday, October 8th, 2015

The National Center for Farmworker Health has created a guide for agricultural workers that describes benefits under the Affordable Care Act. The guide is in English and is available for sharing.

ACA fact sheet:

Keeping Kids Safe on the Farm

Monday, September 21st, 2015

According to the National Children’s Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety, over 950,000 children and teens live on farms in the United States (source: Additionally, this time of year, many families and school groups are headed to farms for autumn activities.

On September 23, from 12-1 pm CDT, there will be a webinar entitled Harvest Season: Are Children Safe?

Details and registration:

Farm Safety resources:


ToxTown Farm:

Resource Guide: Rural Migrant Health

Monday, August 24th, 2015

The Rural Assistance Center has released an updated resource guide on Rural Migrant Health. The guide lists unique health challenges faced by migrant agricultural workers and barriers to accessing health care. The guide provides examples of model programs to address those challenges and barriers, lists organizations that provide migrant health care, and includes funding opportunities.

Rural Migrant Health (Rural Assistance Center):

More Veterans Get Choice in Healthcare

Thursday, August 20th, 2015

Faster, Closer Access Expands

More veterans now have access to faster, closer healthcare through the Veterans Choice Program.  The Choice Program allows vets to see doctors who are not associated with the Department of Veterans Affairs, if:

The vet enrolled in VA health care on or before August 1, 2014, or is eligible to enroll as a recently discharged combat veteran


The vet has been (or will be) waiting more than 30 days for VA medical care


The vet lives more than 40 miles away from a VA medical care facility or faces one of several excessive travel burdens.

The VA recently changed how it determines how far a vet lives from the nearest VA medical facility, using actual driving distance instead of measuring the distance in a straight line. That means more veterans are now eligible for the program under the 40-mile rule.


Veterans Choice Program:

Learn 10 more facts about the Veterans Choice Program go here:

To find out more about health issues and benefits for veterans, visit:

Resource Guide: Rural Hunger and Access to Healthy Food

Monday, August 10th, 2015

The Rural Assistance Center has updated their Topic Guide for Rural Hunger and Access to Healthy Food. The guide includes organizations that work to address hunger, correlations between food insecurity and health outcomes and how rural healthcare organizations can work to address food and nutrition issues.

Rural Hunger and Access to Healthy Food:

Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care

Friday, July 10th, 2015

The Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care, developed by the Suicide Prevention Resource Center, contains the information and tools needed to implement state-of-the-art suicide prevention practices in primary care settings. Although the tools are designed with the rural practice in mind, most are quite suitable for use in non-rural settings as well. The toolkit includes sections on educating clinicians and office staff and developing mental health partnerships, as well as patient management tools and patient education tools.

Suicide Prevention Toolkit for Rural Primary Care: