Rural Americans at Higher Risk of Death from Five Leading Causes

On January 12, 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the results of a study that demonstrates rates of the five leading causes of death are higher among rural Americans:

  • heart disease,
  • cancer,
  • unintentional injuries,
  • chronic lower respiratory disease, and
  • stroke
“We have seen increasing rural-urban disparities in life expectancy and mortality emerge in the past few years. CDC’s focus on these critical rural health issues comes at an important time,”  said Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) Acting Administrator, Jim Macrae, in a press release.

According to the CDC, gaps in mortality can be addressed by the following:

  • Screen patients for high blood pressure and make control a quality improvement goal. High blood pressure is a leading risk factor for heart disease and stroke.
  • Increase cancer prevention and early detection. Rural healthcare providers should participate in the state-level comprehensive control coalitions. Comprehensive cancer control programs focus on cancer prevention, education, screening, access to care, support for cancer survivors, and overall good health.
  • Encourage physical activity and healthy eating to reduce obesity. Obesity has been linked to a variety of serious chronic illnesses, including diabetes, heart disease, cancer, and arthritis.
  • Promote smoking cessation. Cigarette smoking is the leading cause of preventable disease and death in the United States and is the most significant risk factor for chronic lower respiratory disease.
  • Promote motor vehicle safety. Rural healthcare providers should encourage patients to always wear a seat belt and counsel parents and child care providers to use age- and size-appropriate car seats, booster seats, and seat belts on every trip.
  • Engage in safer prescribing of opioids for pain. Healthcare providers should follow the CDC guideline when prescribing opioids for chronic pain and educate patients on the risks and benefits of opioids and using nonpharmacologic therapies to provide greater benefit.

View the CDC News Release for more information.

Effecting Change Through the Use of Motivational Interviewing – May 9-10, 2016

May 9-10, 2016: Effecting Change through the use of Motivational Interviewing (Yreka)

Motivational interviewing, a treatment approach developed by William Miller, has been well established as an effective way to promote behavior change in individuals. Following a brief review of the three different helping styles, the definition of motivation, and the fundamental MI principles, this experiential MI Skill Development training will focus on a thorough review of the MI micro-skills that can be utilized in a variety of settings, such as primary care, behavioral health, and law enforcement, to help individuals to engage in change talk, and then make commitments to make behavioral changes based on goals that they have identified. Content related to the provision of screening, brief intervention, and referral to treatment (SBIRT) in a variety of care settings will be weaved throughout the training.  Continuing Education credits are available. (Registration)

Priority registration is for members of the Siskiyou Community Services Council and Siskiyou Healthcare Collaborative – Behavioral Health Task Group. Training is presented by UCLA Integrated Substance Abuse Programs and the Pacific Southwest Addiction Technology Transfer Center. This training is made possible with funding from Blue Shield of California Foundation; Siskiyou County Community Corrections Partnership; and Siskiyou County Health and Human Services Agency, Behavioral Health Division – Mental Health Services Act.

Rural Quality and Clinical Conference – July 12-13, 2016

July 12-13, 2016: Rural Quality and Clinical Conference (Oakland, CA)

National Rural Health Association’s Rural Quality and Clinical Conference is an interactive forum for quality improvement and performance improvement coordinators, rural clinicians, and nurses practicing on the front lines of rural health care. Registration is $269 members / $369 non-members. (National Rural Health Association)

Shared Decision Making Training – June 1, 2016

June 1, 2016: SHARE Approach Workshop (Fairfield, CA)

A one-day workshop developed by the Agency for HealthCare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to help health care professionals work with patients to make the best possible decisions together. AHRQ’s SHARE Approach is a five-step process for shared decision making that includes exploring and comparing the benefits, harms and risks of each option through meaningful dialogue about what matters most to the patient. The event will be held live at the Partnership HealthPlan Fairfield office. Live video broadcasts will be available in Eureka and Redding. CME/CE credit is available. (Registration)