Rural Health

Rural-Urban Differences in Adverse and Positive Childhood Experiences: Results from the National Survey of Children’s Health

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are potentially traumatic events of abuse, household dysfunction, and neglect that children may experience between birth and 17 years of age. Prior research has found ACEs to be associated with risky behaviors and poor physical and mental wellbeing outcomes during childhood and into adulthood. Conversely, positive childhood experiences (PCEs) such as a nurturing, safe, and supportive environment allow for healthy development and overall wellness. PCEs help to mitigate the effects of ACEs and other negative events. Research has found that the total number of ACEs that burden an individual can affect subsequent outcomes into adulthood. Individuals who have experienced multiple ACEs are more likely to experience poorer physical and mental health into adult...

Upstate Institute News and Announcements

NYSARH had the pleasure of hosting an Upstate Institute Fellow during the summer of 2022. This program’s news and announcements page may serve as a helpful resource for NYSARH members as many of the projects are centered in rural communities. Upstate Institute News and Announcements >

Central New York Area Health Education Center (CNYAHEC) Summer Opioid Webinar Series

Check out these upcoming webinar opportunities for earning CME/CE credits! June 8th, 2022, 6-7 PM (EST):   June 20th, 2022, 12-1 PM (EST):   July 13th, 2022, 12-1 PM (EST):   July 22nd, 2022, 12-1 PM (EST):

NYSARH Member Spotlight: S2AY Rural Health Network Changes its Name to Pivital Public Health Partnership

New name reflects commitment to improving the health and well-being of Finger Lakes residents. S2AY Rural Health Network, a nonprofit leader in rural public health, has changed its name to Pivital Public Health Partnership. The organization’s Executive Director and Board of Directors joined with Public Health Directors from eight Finger Lakes counties to announce the name to its internal partners and stakeholders on April 20, 2022.  Only Pivital Public Health Partnership unites local health departments in the Finger Lakes region to collaboratively develop and promote public health best practices. Their unique partnerships helps to accelerate improvements across the region by leveraging resources, expertise, and energy to achieve better outcomes than any one organization can achieve on thei...

Public Health Partnership Conference Recap

This year NYSARH partnered with the NYS Public Health Association (NYSPHA), the NYS Association of County Health Officials (NYSACHO), and the NYS Conference of Environmental Health Directors (NYSCEHD) to promote the 2022 Public Health Partnership Conference. The conference took place from April 27th-29th with attendees participating virtually and in-person in Niagara Falls, NY. Attendees from NYSARH included Director for Strategic Development, Sara Wall Bollinger, Communications and Development Specialist (Americorps VISTA service member), Ella James, and Board members Karin Pantel and Mandy Qualls.  Attendees enjoyed around 20 different breakout sessions, two poster presentation sessions– one for professional posters and one for student posters–and two compelling keynote addresses. The fi...

Apply to a New York State Fellowship Program

New York State has several fellowship programs that provide opportunities in State government to eager and talented individuals from diverse backgrounds. Empire State Fellows: The Empire State Fellows Program is a full-time leadership training program that prepares the next generation of talented professionals for careers as New York State policymakers. The incoming class of Empire State Fellows will serve from September 2022 to September 2024, and receive an annual salary of $76,500, plus a generous benefits package. Applications are being accepted through April 4. Apply and learn more here. Excelsior Fellows: The Excelsior Service Fellowship Program is an initiative to bring highly talented recent graduates of law, graduate and professional schools into government service. Prospective fe...

March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month

The NYS Cancer Consortium’s Colorectal Cancer Action Team acknowledges March as Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.  Each year in New York State, approximately 9,000 people develop colorectal cancer, and 3,000 New Yorkers die from it.  One out of every 24 adults will develop colorectal cancer sometime in their life.  Colorectal cancer occurs most often as people age (60% of new cases occur among those age 65 and older), however nearly 94% of all colorectal cancers are diagnosed after age 45. Average Risk Colorectal Cancer Screening Starts at Age 45: Regular screening for colorectal cancer can save lives. For adults at average risk for colorectal cancer, the United States Preventive Services Task Force and the American Cancer Society now recommend that screening for colorectal cancer begin a...

Rural Hospitals, Short of Staff, Brace for Omicron

https://www.marketplace.org/2021/12/28/rural-hospitals-short-of-staff-brace-for-omicron/ By Savannah Maher Dec 28, 2021 Heard on: Hospitals in the U.S. are struggling to stay staffed up. Many were short of workers even before the pandemic caused an exodus of doctors and nurses from the field. Now, the more transmissible omicron variant is sending some of the remaining workers home, and hospitals are running out of backup plans — particularly in rural areas. Vermont was already in dire need of health care workers, even before the pandemic drove many into early retirement and other careers, according to Jeff Tieman with the Vermont Association of Hospitals. “Our workforce is shrinking and stressed, you know, at a time when we need it to be growing and resilient,” he said. In New Mexico, more...

Some Digital Divides Persist Between Rural, Urban and Suburban America

  PEW RESEARCH TRUST AUGUST 19, 2021 BY EMILY A. VOGELS Rural Americans have made large gains in adopting digital technology over the past decade and have narrowed some digital gaps. However, rural adults remain less likely than suburban adults to have home broadband and less likely than urban adults to own a smartphone, tablet computer or traditional computer. Read more

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