By William JA Pinnock
This week’s Link Round Up features two articles on rural health care in America and also an article on the Virginia Garcia Health Care Symposium happening tonight.
Imagine if you had to drive two and a half hours to receive medical care? Now, imagine if you had to drive two and a half hours to receive medical care because you are about to give birth? This was a reality for Claire Shirley from Cook County, MN. Due to their hospital no longer offering labor and delivery services, she and her husband had to drive in the dark of night on dangerous rural roads to get to Duluth, MN, the closest town with an L&D department. This story isn’t unique to Claire as this is a reality for many Americans, but Claire’s story offers a glimpse into the struggles that small town and rural denizens face anytime a medical issue comes up. Read more about Claire’s story and rural health here.
Butte County, Idaho is like many rural areas: sparsely populated. This county has a population of 2,501 that is “spread out over a territory half the size of Connecticut” and it has one critical access hospital: Lost Rivers Hospital. This hospital is a lifeline to the community offering an emergency room, radiology/imaging, a remote prescription program, and other services that would be expected in a larger hospital. This was a hospital that almost closed a few years ago, but they have adapted to the change in environment caused by population loss and are taking up new and innovative ways to keep their doors open. Read more about Lost Rivers here.
The 9th Annual Virginia Garcia Health Care Symposium is happening tonight at Oregon Health and Science University. The focus will be on the “future of health and well-being of women and children in Oregon.” Read more about the Symposium here.
Community Research Laboratory would like to congratulate seven OCHIN members who were selected to be a part of the Substance Use Support and Technical Assistance in Communities (SUSTAIN) Initiative in Massachusetts. This initiative looks to provide coaching on change management, on-site peer mentoring for addiction sevices and case-based team learning sessions. Those clinics include: Boston Healthcare for the Homeless, Codman Square Health Center, Community Health Center of Cape Cod, Caring Health Center, DotHouse Health, Mattapan Community Health Center, and South End Community Health Center. Read more about the award and the initiative here.