National Rural Health Day

National Rural Health Day is today, November 15! National Rural Health Day was created in 2010 to support the ongoing efforts and collaborations occurring in more remote communities, as well as to address the unique challenges in accessing and delivering health care services in rural areas. Did you know that 19% of the US population lives in rural areas? That’s around 60 million people! And of that population, 64% of them live east of the Mississippi River [1]! Rural communities have unique healthcare needs. There is frequently a lack of providers, low levels of accessibility, and larger percentages of un- and under-insured citizens and populations that suffer from chronic conditions [2]. This is why rural outreach is such a vital part of the Caring Communities mission. Nearly 3.4 million people, or 27%…
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Rural America and HIV

AIDS, Caring Communities, HIV
"Rural residents are: - Less likely to get HIV tested - More likely to internalize HIV-related stigma - More likely to be tested in non-rural places - More likely to be diagnosed with AIDS at the time of initial HIV diagnosis - Less likely to be retained in care - Less likely to be virally suppressed" Read this article from the Health Resources & Service Administration to find out why and help end these disparities. Facts based on these studies: CDC, Rural Health Committee; 2016 and S. Kalichman, H. Katner, E. Banas, & M. Kalichman; 2016
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