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Rural Health

Broadband Connectivity Is A Social Determinant Of Health

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn | Posted 07.22.2016 | Healthy Living
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn

Without broadband connectivity to the last miles of America, neither the nation's health citizens (taxpayers, all) won't fully benefit from the promis...

Geography Shouldn't Be Destiny When It Comes to Heart Health

Walter Panzirer | Posted 02.11.2017 | Healthy Living
Walter Panzirer

Americans experience an average of 935,000 heart attacks and 383,000 people suffer from cardiac arrest -- when the heart stops pumping entirely. Both heart attacks and cardiac arrests carry with them the serious risk of death and disability. In fact, the survival rate for sudden cardiac arrest in this country is less than five percent.

Corruption's Cost to Health in Rural Uganda

Orrin Tiberi | Posted 09.23.2016 | Impact
Orrin Tiberi

Throughout history there have always been dishonest people. It will always be so. As our numbers increase to more than 7 billion people on our planet, we have to find ways to do better.

Culture or Contraception: What Drives High Fertility Rates in Eastern Uganda?

Orrin Tiberi | Posted 07.31.2016 | Impact
Orrin Tiberi

Eastern Uganda is a sight to behold. The gentle tropical hills of Kampala slowly roll themselves out as they move east towards the source of the Nile River, giving way to a forested plain sporadically broken by winding valleys containing emerald green papyrus swamps and lime green rice patties.

How Sayana Press Can Change the Face of Family Planning

Orrin Tiberi | Posted 06.19.2016 | Impact
Orrin Tiberi

The advent of hormonal family planning impacted society in the United States in a manner not seen since woman's suffrage. The FDA approved the first oral contraceptive pill, or "the pill," in 1960; three years later there were already 2.3 million women using it.

Whole Again: Obstetric Fistula in Rural Uganda

Orrin Tiberi | Posted 05.18.2016 | Impact
Orrin Tiberi

On May 23 Uganda will join the world in celebrating the third International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, which arose from the Campaign to End Fistula initiated in 2003 by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA).

More Than Numbers: The Human Stories Behind Global Health Data

Orrin Tiberi | Posted 06.20.2015 | Impact
Orrin Tiberi

Health should not be something that can only be accessed by those who have the means to pay for treatment, but should rather be shared by everyone, especially those in fragile economic situations.

Seeking Help for Addiction

Hannah Preston-Pita | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Hannah Preston-Pita

We have all at some time or another been impacted either directly or indirectly by someone who has been using drugs and/or alcohol. This can come in many forms.

Rural Youth Suicides Almost Double Rates In Urban Areas

The Huffington Post | Anna Almendrala | Posted 03.17.2015 | Healthy Living

A troubling new report on youth suicide shows that the gap between rural deaths and urban deaths is widening; From 1996 to 2010, rates of death from s...

Substance Abuse in Rural Communities-Challenges and Opportunities

Hannah Preston-Pita | Posted 02.09.2015 | Hawaii
Hannah Preston-Pita

There is a lot space and a tremendous amount of natural beauty on Hawai'i Island. But despite all of the magnificence that surrounds us on the Big Island we face daunting challenges in making sure that those we serve get what they need.

Reproductive Health on National Rural Health Day

Melanie Zurek | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Melanie Zurek

As rural families navigate these obstacles, we see people coming together to help each other in meeting a variety of needs. Rural women and their families and friends, fill in the gaps -- raise funds, babysit, cover for each other at work and drive each other long distances.

Going South for Match Day

Don G. Aaron, Jr., M.D. | Posted 05.24.2014 | Healthy Living
Don G. Aaron, Jr., M.D.

So as another Match Day has passed, let us make sure we get one message across as clearly as we can: The rural health care crisis is a real and formidable challenge, and history teaches us that whenever Americans face such challenges, we are moved not by technicalities and formalities but by vision, by a dedication to service, and by faith.

To Save American Medicine, Look to Rural Doctors

Don G. Aaron, Jr., M.D. | Posted 05.05.2014 | Healthy Living
Don G. Aaron, Jr., M.D.

If you're looking for the moving, dramatic, and intimate hospital environment you see on TV, and for the passion and commitment that make doctors such great subjects for hit shows, forget about big cities and their grind, and head down south.

National Rural Health Day and Abortion Access

Melanie Zurek | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Melanie Zurek

We rightly recognize access to safe abortion as essential to women's health and self-determination, and by extension, also essential to the health of communities -- rural and urban alike.

Talk to Her: Everyone Has a Role in Abortion Access

Melanie Zurek | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Melanie Zurek

Although scarcity of abortion providers is a large problem, an even larger issue is the widening disparity in access along lines of wealth and geography: while a privileged woman in a coastal city has her choice of providers, a poor woman in the South may have only a single provider in her state.