Rural Suicide Prevention Toolkit
This new toolkit, created in partnership with the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center and the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, compiles evidence-based models and resources to support organizations employing suicide prevention programs in rural communities. Learn how to implement, evaluate, and sustain suicide prevention programs in your community.
HRSA Virtual Job Fair – Wednesday, October 16 at 6:45 pm ET. The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) will hold a three-hour virtual job fair to connect job-seeking medical, nursing, dental, and mental/behavioral health clinicians and trainees with hundreds of opportunities at health care facilities, most in medically-underserved areas of the country. Interested job seekers register here.
The Effects of Overexposure to Stories of Trauma – Wednesday, October 23 at 1:00 pm ET. This webinar from the Migrant Clinicians Network provides an overview of stress and injury affecting the behavioral health of those who witness trauma. Kaethe Weingarten, PhD will discuss the role of clinicians, social workers, and other witnesses and helpers, describing coping strategies for both providers and clients.
NIHCM: Population Shifts Impacting Rural Health. As urbanization increases, an older, sicker and poorer population remains in rural America. New infographics from the National Institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) Foundation depict the population shifts driving these changes, the corresponding health care challenges, and promising tools to improve rural health. In rural areas, 18.4 percent of the population is over 65 years of age compared to 14.5 percent in urban areas, and rates of obesity, diabetes and smoking are higher.
Toolkit: State Strategies to Support Older Adults Aging in Place in Rural Areas. This toolkit from the National Academy for State Health Policy highlights state initiatives to help older rural adults age in place by increasing services that help people remain in their homes, expanding and professionalizing the caregiver workforce, and making delivery system reforms within Medicaid programs. According to research referenced in the toolkit, more than 85 percent of older adults prefer to remain in their own homes and communities, and serving older adults in their homes is usually less expensive than housing people in facilities. This resource was funded by the Geriatrics Program in the Bureau of Health Workforce at the Health Resources and Services Administration.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month. In 2017, the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) launched its Strategy to Address Intimate Partner Violence, with targets and projects that involve each of the agency’s bureaus and offices. This month, HRSA’s Office of Women’s Health released the first progress report for that initiative, describing its achievements between 2017 and 2018. Victims in rural areas may be reluctant to report intimate partner violent abuse, and unaddressed abuse has an impact that goes beyond the individual and into communities.