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Rural EMS: Critical services hang in the balance

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Provider shortages and limited access to health services are not new concerns for rural health systems, but access to emergency medical services (EMS) has also reached a critical juncture.

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Promoting a framework for age-friendly health systems

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Rural health care settings present unique challenges to older adults seeking care. Access to specialists and primary care may be an issue, with variables such as transportation, unemployment, and caregiver resources presenting additional barriers. 

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Approaching the issue of rural social isolation

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The complex problem of rural social isolation requires open-minded, unconventional solutions. From ad-hoc, online communities to creative grant funding, health care providers and rural residents can address the stigma of social isolation and depression. 

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WONCA World Rural Health Conference

October 12–15, 2019 | Albuquerque, New Mexico | WRHC19.org. This is an opportunity for you and your organization to engage and network with international clinicians, educators, health researchers, and providers.

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Make sure you get counted in 2020

Being included in the census can have a real impact on people in local communities. Having an accurate assessment of the diversity that makes up the American portrait is vital to ensure our communities receive the funding to which they are entitled. 

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Preparing nurse practitioners for rural practice

Educating more nurse practitioners (NPs) for rural practice is essential to address provider shortages in America’s small towns. The Collaborative for Rural Primary care Research, Education, and Practice (Rural PREP) is studying rural-oriented primary care NP education programs and clinical training consistent with the organization’s goal of improving education and preparing providers for successful rural primary care practice. 

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All of Us Research Program: One year after launch, momentum is key

The All of Us program aims to advance precision medicine, an emerging approach for disease treatment and prevention that takes into account individual variability in genes, environment, and lifestyle. Learn about key updates and next steps for All of Us.

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Do these rural health issues look familiar?

Staffing challenges. Financial concerns. Rural regions ravaged by poverty, unemployment, and the opioid crisis. These harsh realities take center stage in this issue of Rural Horizons. And they are echoed in The Providers, a new PBS documentary that shows how rural health care professionals can make a difference in the lives of their patients in the face of overwhelming odds.

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Fixing the need for a fix: Treating 20,000 addicts in rural America

Treating alcohol addiction is not a simple process. In Gallup, N.M., new behavioral health services software is helping providers identify patient system commonalities and collaborate to facilitate successful treatment outcomes.

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Shifting stigma, overcoming opioids in rural Oklahoma

The people of tight-knit Stigler, Okla., demonstrate that size and rurality will not hinder them from improving the health of their community. Stigler Health & Wellness Center has engaged their community to help fight opioid use disorder with education and training.

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