– by Emily Sokol, MPH

CDC-funded state arthritis programs highlight the challenges to addressing rural health disparities and provide best practices for engagement and sustainability of programs in remote areas. Arthritis is an expensive disease to treat. Improper management of it can lead to joint replacements and high medication utilization. In order to minimize these and promote better health outcomes, all three states’ arthritis programs are integrating evidence-based programs into rural areas and focusing on upstream investments and community partnerships.

“The arthritis program’s entire purpose is to help people with arthritis and other chronic conditions be able to live happier, healthier lives, reduce the morbidity that comes along with arthritis, enhance individual’s quality of life, and reduce health disparities,” said Stephanie George, MPH, epidemiologist/evaluator Utah Department of Health, one of the states participating in the CDC program.

Read the entire article online at Patient Engagement HIT, Xtelligent Healthcare Media.

Celebrate National Rural Health Day on November 21st! The National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health sets aside the third Thursday of every November to celebrate National Rural Health Day. National Rural Health Day is an opportunity to “Celebrate the Power of Rural” by honoring the selfless, community-minded, “can do” spirit that prevails in rural America, gives us a chance to bring to light the unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face, and showcase the efforts of rural healthcare providers, State Offices of Rural Health and other rural stakeholders to address those challenges. #powerofrural