New One-Stop Resource for FORHP’s Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP)

The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) created this new web page with information on upcoming RCORP funding opportunities, current grant recipients, and the program’s impact to date.  RCORP currently includes grants for planning, implementation, and medication-assisted treatment expansion for rural communities and consortia, as well as cooperative […]

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Report Released on Preventive Health Service Use Among Rural Women

This study from the Maine Rural Health Research Center examined receipt of preventive health services (cholesterol check, fasting blood sugar test, mammogram, pap smear, and vaccination for the human papillomavirus, also known as HPV) by rural and urban women over the age of 18. Findings indicate that rural women were less likely than their urban […]

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Reports Released on Trends and Geographic Variation of Hospitals at Risk of Financial Distress

This week, the Rural Health Research Gateway released three policy briefs with the most up-to-date data on factors contributing to rural hospital closures.  The producer of these briefs, the North Carolina Rural Health Research Center, keeps track of rural hospital closures and counts 104 since January 2010.  The reports can be accessed at https://www.ruralhealthresearch.org/alerts/281.

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USDA Economic Research Service Releases Atlas of Rural and Small Town America

The rural atlas, maintained and updated each year by the Economic Research Service (ERS) at the U.S. Department of Agriculture, features an interactive map with county-level data.  The report provides statistics on three broad categories of socioeconomic factors:  demographics, including migration and immigration, education, and characteristics of veteran population;  jobs, with employment trends, industrial composition, […]

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HHS Secretary Azar Releases Statement on Measles Outbreaks

Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Alex Azar issued a statement this week about the outbreak of measles, now diagnosed in more than 700 cases across the country.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has confirmed outbreaks in 22 states. Symptoms of measles generally appear about seven to 14 […]

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Pennsylvania Substance Use Disorder Loan Repayment Program Practitioner Application Announced

May 1, 2019 Applications are invited to the Pennsylvania Department of Health’s Pennsylvania Substance Use Disorder Loan Repayment Practitioner Program, in accordance with RFA # 67-86. All questions regarding this RFA must be directed in writing by e-mail to RA-DHSUDLRP@pa.gov, no later than May 12, 2019.  All questions must include the specific section of the […]

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USDA Releases Report on Rural Broadband and Benefits of Next Generation Precision Agriculture

Reliable, High-Speed Broadband e-Connectivity is Essential to Enhanced Agricultural Production WASHINGTON, April 30, 2019 – Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today unveiled a groundbreaking report, A Case for Rural Broadband: Insights on Rural Broadband Infrastructure and Next Generation Precision Agriculture Technologies (PDF, 2.5 MB). The report finds that deployment of both broadband e-Connectivity and Next Generation […]

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Information Released on the 2020 U.S. Census Impact on Services

The 2020 Census is closer than you think. The United States Census Bureau has released a public facing flyer detailing what the census is and why it is essential that everyone is counted, especially for services. Many large federal programs distribute funds based on population. Consider sharing the flyer in public places to encourage census […]

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Pennsylvania Oral Health Surveillance Plan Announced

The Pennsylvania Department of Health Oral Health Program is excited to announce the publication of the 2019-2024 Pennsylvania Oral Health Surveillance Plan.  The Oral Health Surveillance Plan provides a consistent source of reliable and valid information for use in the monitoring of oral health status and trends of the state and for developing, implementing, and […]

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Congressional Budget Office Releases Report on Single-Payer Health Care System

Key Design Components and Considerations for Establishing a Single-Payer Health Care System Congressional interest in substantially increasing the number of people who have health insurance has grown in recent years. Some Members of Congress have proposed establishing a single-payer health care system to achieve universal health insurance coverage. In this report, CBO describes the primary […]

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Primary Care Clinician Participation in the CMS Quality Payment Program

Clinton MacKinney, MD, MS; Fred Ullrich, BA; and Keith J. Mueller, PhD Approximately 10 percent of primary care clinicians participate in Advanced Alternative Payment Models (A-APMs) and less than 30 percent of primary care clinicians participate in the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System. Metropolitan primary care clinicians are more likely to participate in A-APMs than non-metropolitan […]

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Open Comment Period for Pennsylvania WIC

The Pennsylvania Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program is accepting public comments on its program. Please consider mentioning the importance of oral health in WIC programming. Comments can be provided at upcoming WIC Public Meetings. Written comments can be sent via email to bmellott@pa.gov or mailed to The Department of Health, Bureau of Women, Children, […]

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Can we heal rural health? All eyes are on Pennsylvania’s bold experiment | Opinion

By Rachel Levine and Andy Carter, For the Philadelphia Inquirer, April 26, 2019 Rural communities and their hospitals are struggling. In terms of health and well-being, rural Pennsylvania and urban Philadelphia have all too much in common, including high rates of child poverty and mortality, food insecurity, and chronic disease. In terms of the health […]

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