Category Archives: Family, Home, & Community

Census data, housing. food and drugs.

A Conversation with Andy Fosmire

Radio interview with Andy Fosmire, the Vice President for Rural Health of the Oklahoma Hospital Association. Discussion includes rural hospital closures and the risk in Oklahoma, the work of the Oklahoma Hospital Association especially as it relates to rural hospitals, and a 24-hour outpatient hospital model the Oklahoma Hospital Association is working on presenting to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) with the hospital associations in Kansas and New Mexico, among other things.

East Baltimore Redevelopment Earns 2017 HUD Secretary Award for Historic Preservation

WASHINGTON – For years, dozens of historic rowhouses in an East Baltimore neighborhood sat vacant, boarded up and crumbling from neglect while nearby families were in need of affordable housing. Then, a $9.3 million redevelopment project rehabilitated 32 vacant rowhouses into beautiful affordable housing homes complete with a coffee shop and a workforce development center inside two mixed-use buildings.

Nearly One in Five American Adults Experience Mental Illness Annually

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released a new report, State and Substate Estimates of Any Mental Illness from the 2012-2014 National Surveys on Drug Use and Health, which revealed that mental illness affects 43.7 million adults in the U.S. annually. Among other things, the report also details which states had the highest and the lowest rates of mental illness.

HRSA Recognizes 10 States with Top Performing Rural Critical Access Hospitals

The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) is recognizing ten states with the Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) that had the highest reporting rates and levels of improvement over the past year. These states invested funds from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) into quality improvement and technical assistance projects and worked with CAHs and other partners to share best practices and utilize data.

Health Insurance for Farmers: A Matter of National Security

Details the findings of a new study funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) that revealed that lack of access to affordable health insurance is one of the biggest concerns of American farmers. According to this study, 73% of farmers said that having insurance was an important or very important means of reducing business risk, 52% were not confident they could pay the costs of a major illness without going into debt or losing their farm, and 64% reported having pre-existing conditions. Also touches on possible policy-based solutions based on the understanding that the stability of the farm sector directly affects the country’s food system and, therefore, is a national security concern.

Solar Eclipses: Planning Resources

Details health concerns related to the total solar eclipse that will be visible in a path across the U.S. on August 21, 2017. It is anticipated that millions of people will travel to locations across the country to view it, but because these sites are not yet officially sponsored, resources may be limited, especially in rural locations with less healthcare infrastructure. Includes fact sheets, checklists, locally-developed guidance documents, and new articles related to eye safety, injury treatment, and planned mass gatherings in rural and urban settings to help communities plan for this event.

HUD Makes $2 Billion Available to Local Homeless Programs

WASHINGTON – In an effort to prevent and effectively end homelessness, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is making $2 billion available to support thousands of local homeless assistance programs nationwide. Funded through the Continuum of Care (CoC) Homeless Assistance Program, HUD’s funding notice continues to encourage local applicants to use a Housing First approach to help individuals and families move quickly into permanent housing.

New Detailed Statistics on Race, Hispanic Origin, Ancestry and Tribal Groups

The United States Census Bureau has released new, detailed statistics of social, economic, housing, and demographic characteristics for hundreds of race, tribal, Hispanic origin and ancestry populations. Includes tables from the 2011-2015 American Community Survey with data at numerous geographic levels, one of which is specific to American Indians and Alaska Natives.

NIH Awards $20M to University of Vermont and Maine Medical Center To Address Rural Health Challenges

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has awarded a five-year, $20 million Clinical and Translational Research (CTR) Network grant to the University of Vermont and the Maine Medical Center. The project will allow researchers to explore the most effective ways to address healthcare issues in the region, especially within rural and medically underserved communities across Vermont, Maine, and New Hampshire. Research will focus on health issues endemic to the region, such as cancer, cardiovascular disease, and substance abuse, while also addressing challenges to delivering effective rural healthcare.

SAMHSA Report Shows the Usage of Non-medical Pain Relievers Across the Nation

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released a new report, State and Substate Estimates of Nonmedical Use of Prescription Pain Reliever, on the rates of nonmedical use of prescription pain relievers among those aged 12 or older. It found that 4.31% had used prescription pain relievers non-medically in the past year, and that the rates of use varied by state.

Proposed Policies for the Medicare Diabetes Prevention Program Expanded Model in the Calendar Year 2018 Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a rule that would update Medicare payment and policies for doctors and other clinicians who treat Medicare patients in CY 2018. The intention of this rule is to relieve regulatory burdens for providers, support the patient-doctor relationship, and promote transparency, flexibility, and innovation in care delivery.The full rule can be found in the Federal Register.