Rural

Synonyms
Remote
isolated
long-distance
resource poor

RCORP-Rural Centers of Excellence Showcase Webinar Materials

This webinar will introduce the newest RCORP program cohorts to the RCOEs, Fletcher Group, University of Rochester, and University of Vermont. These three cooperative agreements are charged with supporting the identification, translation, dissemination, and implementation of evidence-based programs and best practices, in addition to providing specialized TA to RCORP recipients and other rural providers.
Posted Date
01/24/23

RCORP Disparities Impact Statement Webinar Materials

This webinar provided RCORP grantees with the tools to complete a disparities impact statement, to support efforts to address populations in rural communities that have historically suffered from poorer health outcomes and health inequities as a part of the prevention, treatment, and recovery of SUD/OUD.
Posted Date
11/23/22

Maternal Health: Availability of Hospital-Based Obstetric Care in Rural Areas

The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) published a new report to Congress on access to obstetric care in rural communities. GAO found that the number of rural hospitals providing obstetric services declined from 2004 through 2018. By 2018 more than half of rural counties lacked OB services. OB closures were focused in rural counties that were sparsely populated, had a majority of Black residents, and were considered low income. GAO interviewed stakeholders to identify the most important factors affecting availability of OB care and the efforts federal agencies, states, and others could take to increase availability of services.
Posted Date
10/25/22

Building Sustainable Rural Substance Use Disorder Partnerships

As rural communities work to address the opioid epidemic, they face limited service and workforce capacity, stigma, health disparities, and sparse populations. Through the Health Resources and Service Administration’s (HRSA) Rural Communities Opioid Response Program (RCORP) multi-year initiative, more than $400 million has been invested across more than 1,500 counties within 47 states and two territories since 2018 to address these barriers and assist rural communities in reducing the morbidity and mortality of substance use disorders (SUD), including opioid use disorder (OUD).
Posted Date
10/25/22

North Carolina Is Understaffed and Overburdened

From rural McDowell County to urban Forsyth, emergency services departments statewide say the labor shortage paired with high call volumes might mean it’ll take longer for an ambulance to arrive at your door.
Posted Date
10/12/22

Health Workforce Implications for the Rural Emergency Hospital Model

This Health Affairs article from the FORHP-funded Rural Residency Planning and Development (RRPD) Technical Assistance Program discusses approaches rural hospitals may take to address health workforce challenges as they consider converting to the new Rural Emergency Hospital designation. The RRPD-TA program supports graduate medical education (GME) in rural areas and provides resources to RRPD award recipients and other organizations interested in learning more about rural residency program development and GME.
Posted Date
10/12/22

New Awards for Rural Opioid Response

HRSA announced more than $104 million awarded to expand treatment and prevention services for substance use in rural communities.  The Rural Communities Opioid Response Program is a multi-year initiative that has invested more than $500 million since its start in 2018. 
Posted Date
10/03/22

New Awards for Rural Opioid Response

HRSA announced more than $104 million awarded to expand treatment and prevention services for substance use in rural communities.  The Rural Communities Opioid Response Program is a multi-year initiative that has invested more than $500 million since its start in 2018. 
Posted Date
10/03/22

Sustained Growth in Rural Telemedicine

This cross-sectional study of 10.4 million rural Medicare beneficiaries found sustained annual compound growth in telemedicine use among rural beneficiaries covered by Medicare in 2010 to 2019, especially for care provided by nurse practitioners and other non-physician clinicians. The findings of this cross-sectional study indicate that telemedicine use grew rapidly before the COVID-19 pandemic among Medicare beneficiaries with mental health conditions (including substance use disorders); the model of telemedicine provided in the local health care setting before 2020 may be a viable modality for continued use in rural communities.
Posted Date
09/20/22