2013-11-05 - RUPRI State Rural Policy Roundtable
• PowerPoint presentation of the inaugural meeting of the new RUPRI State Rural Policy Roundtable, from November 5, 2013 in Lincoln, Nebraska
2013-09-03 - Causes and Consequences of Rural Pharmacy Closures: A Multi-Case Study
• A new rural policy brief is available from the RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis: Causes and Consequences of Rural Pharmacy Closures: A Multi-Case Study
The RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis completed case studies in six rural communities that lost their only remaining retail pharmacy since 2007. In five of the six communities, residents now either drive to the nearest pharmacy or use mail-order to receive their prescriptions and, in some instances, receive their prescriptions through a courier service from a pharmacy in a nearby town. Access to pharmacy services in these communities is of most concern for individuals with limited mobility and those who lack a support system that can pick up and deliver their prescriptions (e.g., the elderly and people with acute conditions). Rural communities will need to continue exploring options for delivering pharmacy services given the financial difficulties inherent in the traditional model of the local independent pharmacy.
2013-08-19 - "Transdisciplinary Public Health: Research, Education, and Practice"
• RUPRI Health Panelist Timothy McBride, Ph.D., Associate Dean for Public Health at Washington University in St. Louis, coauthored "Transdisciplinary Public Health: Research, Education, and Practice,
published this May by Jossey-Bass, [...] a comprehensive text that
introduces transdisciplinary methods as a means for providing an
innovative tool set for problem-solving in public health research and
practice..." [read more]
2013-08-14 - The Frontier Extended Stay Clinic Model: A Potential Health Care Delivery Alternative...
• A new rural policy brief is available from the RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis:
The Frontier Extended Stay Clinic Model: A Potential Health Care Delivery Alternative for Small Rural Communities
The Frontier Extended Stay Clinic (FESC) model may be a viable means of maintaining essential services in remote rural areas.
Based on published evaluation of the demonstration project in Alaska and Washington, FESC operations in isolated remote areas can yield cost savings and improve quality of care. This Policy Brief presents data showing potential use of the FESC model in five rural states with substantial frontier area, using distance criteria from the demonstration project.