Videos from Head for the Hills 2021

Now a pleasant memory, Head for the Hills 2021 provided several resources for best practice:

Drs. Paul Jett and Joseph Frye discuss opioid prescription guidelines

Audio quality prevented uploading a full video, but here are the slides from Dr. Tina Gustin’s presentation on Telehealth. Feel free to contact her for further information.

Dr. Paul Jett with Dr. Joseph Frye discuss “long haul” COVID care

Julie Powers, Executive Director of the Mesothelioma Applied Research Foundation, discusses LGBTQ+ issues with patient encounters and diagnoses

Dr. Lee Learman, Dean of Virginia Tech Carilion School of Medicine, outlines ways to correct “Race and Gender Bias in SWVA Medicine”

Joshua Bradley’s Talk in Mental and Behavioral Health for Primary Care Providers is available by clicking here.

Beth O’Connor from the Virginia Rural Health Association explains differences between FQHCs, RHCs, and CHCs

Nutrition and Medicine

The Graduate Medical Education Consortium is delighted to partner with the Feeding Southwest Virginia Mobile Market. GMEC has a grant from the National Institute for Food and Agriculture to work with nutrition needs in fixed income communities. The presence of the truck is part of these outreach efforts.

Doctors often tell patients to make better food choices. Given limited access to fresh produce with transportation, and with rising costs of fresh fruits and vegetables, this can be frustrating for both provider and patient. The Consortium is working with several innovations along these lines, and welcomes suggestions from the community.

EVERYONE is welcome to use the mobile market during its visit this coming Tuesday, per the flyer below. There are no requirements for participation and no registration is needed. We will see you at the church parking lot Tuesday.

Head For the Hills Update

Due to the rise of COVID cases following the Delta Variant and in light of vaccine rates not yet sufficient to create a safe environment for face to face interaction among our very needed medical professionals, the conference has moved online. Deadline for registration is October. Please register by clicking the link below. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE EMAIL YOU SEND THIS INFORMATION FROM WILL BE THE EMAIL THAT RECEIVES THE ZOOM LINK.

Rural Population on the Decline

Between 2000 and 2010, the nonmetropolitan areas in the US gained more than 1 million residents, but in the last decade, the population fell by 260,000 residents. The decrease from 2010 to 2020 was slight — about half a percentage point, but what is interesting about this change is that it was fueled by increased domestic migration — movement of people from nonmetropolitan counties to metropolitan ones — not by the number deaths and births.

Check out the link below to learn more.

Declining Volunteers in EmeRgency SErvices Threaten Rural Community Health

In rural America, it’s increasingly difficult for ambulance services to respond to emergencies. One factor is that emergency medical services are struggling to find young volunteers to replace retiring EMTs. Another is a growing financial crisis among rural volunteer EMS agencies: A third of them are at risk because they can’t cover their operating costs. For more information, click the link below!

Digital Navigators: A Telehealth Game Changer

With the introduction and abrupt shift to telehealth over the past year, the technology required to support telehealth visits is only the first hurdle that needs to be overcome. The user interaction and experience is perhaps the more important hurdle that we must turn our attention to. Over 4 million rural homes have no access to the Internet, and basic computer skills are often lagging behind. Another million technically has broadband – but it may not be strong enough to power telehealth. The introduction of Digital Navigators will help to solve for both of these problems! To learn more, check out the link below.

The Fall of Pediatric Care in Rural Settings

Over the past 10 years, we have seen a steep decline in pediatric hospital care for illness such as asthma, pneumonia, viral infections, and other serious illnesses. The number of inpatient units fell 19%, and beds decreased by 12%. Approximately 34 pediatric units were closed and 300 beds were removed each year on average. Nearly 1 in 4 children would now have to travel farther to access inpatient hospital care than they did a decade ago, the researchers found. To learn more, check out the link below.

How to talk about vaccinations in rural communities

It would appear that most of the country is returning to life, a new normal in this post-pandemic world, but not all communities have been so lucky. Many of the small and rural towns across the country are still quietly dealing with COVID-19. Increasing cases and lower vaccination rates are part of the reason rural health care providers need resources that will help them talk to residents about the vaccine, according to the National Rural Health Association. The NRHA has created a resource library to help do just that. To learn more, check out the article below!

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