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Training builds rural health workforce one student at a time

With an average of only 40 primary doctors to take care of 100,000 patients in rural America,* it’s vital to find ways to entice more health care providers to practice rurally.

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Dentist brings oral health best practices to rural community

After W. Scott Garris earned his Doctor of Dental Medicine degree from the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) in 1999, he jumped at the chance to purchase a dental practice in St. George, S.C.

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Aspiring doc’s old-school outlook on rural health

I have always enjoyed the classic “Andy Griffith Show.” In a time when many aspiring medical students choose “House MD” or “Grey’s Anatomy,” people are surprised by my choice. For me, it reminds me of my own ideals and aspirations. 

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Rural PREP program does that and more for future docs

Entering the second of its five years of funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration, the mission of Rural PREP is to improve and sustain rural health through community engagement and research in primary care health professions education.

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Rural pilot smoking cessation program proves beneficial

Prior to the implementation of Beat the Pack, a pilot smoking cessation program introduced last year at Carle Clinic in Mattoon, Ill., rural Coles County had no formal smoking cessation program. Beat the Pack helps take the burden off busy providers who don't always have time for smoking cessation counseling at patient appointments.

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Rural health champions honored in San Diego

The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) honored its 2017 Rural Health Award recipients on May 11 during NRHA’s 40th Annual Rural Health Conference in San Diego, Calif., before an audience of more than 800 rural health professionals and students.

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Working to improve health care access for rural veterans

Out of 9 million veterans enrolled in Veterans Affairs (VA) for health care, 3 million live in rural areas. For this reason, and many more, the Veterans Rural Health Advisory Committee (VRHAC) makes annual recommendations to the VA secretary on health care issues affecting rural veterans. 

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Oral health advocate works to train rural communities, physicians

Research shows that dental caries, the scientific term for tooth decay and cavities, is the most common chronic disease of childhood and has potentially severe consequences if untreated.

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Rural grant program combats opioid overdose epidemic

At a recent naloxone training session in Alamosa, Colo., a man in the crowd stood up. “It doesn’t matter if you get it from a dealer in a dark alley or a pharmacist in a well-lit hospital, it’s the same drug, same problem, same withdrawals,” he said. The man was speaking of opioids, a class of drugs that has been associated with high incidences of addiction, overdose and death across rural America.

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