On January 21, 2021, I attended a webinar co-sponsored by the New England Rural Health Association and the New York State Association for Rural Health. These two associations are offering webinars on rural health through June 2021. Recordings of previous webinars are located on this page.
Renée Joskow, Chief Dental Officer, Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), presented data from HRSA Health Center Program. After giving a brief introduction to the program, Dr. Joskow gave an update on the response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Over $2 billion was distributed to participating health centers to support testing and monitoring patients, providing treatments and vaccines, and purchasing necessary supplies. She gave a brief summary of the pandemic’s impact on healthcare services in rural New England.
Dr. Joskow’s presentation was followed by an exploration of the Rural Healthcare Readiness Surge web portal. Christina Lachance, MPH gave a demonstration. The portal is located within the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub), a website that may be familiar to those working in rural health.
[The portal] aims to provide the most up-to-date and critical resources for rural healthcare systems preparing for and responding to a COVID-19 surge. The resources span a wide range of healthcare settings (EMS, inpatient and hospital care, ambulatory care, and long-term care) and cover a broad array of topics ranging from behavioral health to healthcare operations to telehealth.
Developed by the COVID-19 Healthcare Resilience Working Group, a partnership with the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies to provide support and guidance for healthcare delivery and workforce capacity and protection. ~RHIhub
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention addresses the health information needs of healthcare providers, public health professionals, community-based organization staff, businesses and workplaces, and the general public on the Rural Communities page.
The CDC recognizes that rural America is becoming more racially and ethnically diverse. Health risk factors for people of color are compounded in rural communities due to transportation challenges and lack of access to healthcare providers.
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report, November 2017.
James CV, Moonesinghe R, Wilson-Frederick SM, Hall JE, Penman-Aguilar A, Bouye K. Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities Among Rural Adults — United States, 2012–2015. MMWR Surveill Summ 2017;66(No. SS-23):1–9. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.15585/mmwr.ss6623a1.