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Indiana Teen’s Racial Disparities Project Is a $10,000 Winner

by Carmen McCollum / August 31, 2016

CROWN POINT — A Crown Point teen is the only student in Indiana among a prestigious group of teenagers across the country to be named a 2016 Davidson Fellow, which netted her a $10,000 scholarship. Justine Izah, who will be 18 on Wednesday, won a Davidson Fellows Scholarship for her project, “An Examination of Black […]

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Asheville, NC, Plans $433,000 Disparities Initiative

by Joel Burgess / August 31, 2016

ASHEVILLE – Race hasn’t always been at the forefront of city politics, but now local and national events have pushed the issue into public view – and city officials say they intend to keep it there with an ambitious $433,000 initiative. The City Council is set to review a plan for a $350,000 racial disparity […]

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Panel: Screening for Kids in Montana Could Prevent Suicides

by Matt Volz, Associated Press / August 31, 2016

HELENA, Mont. —A panel seeking ways to fix Montana’s highest-in-the-nation suicide rate is recommending mandatory depression screening of all schoolchildren beginning at age 11 and programs teaching coping skills to kids as young as 6. Preventing suicide and lifting the stigma of depression is a slow process that will require a cultural shift that begins […]

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“Buddy Check 22” Helping Veterans

by Associated Press / August 24, 2016

SCOTTSBLUFF, Neb. — Some Scottsbluff-area residents have joined a social media movement and are meeting monthly to decrease the suicide rate of veterans. Nationally, Buddy Check 22 maintains a Facebook site that, through its exchanges of information, tries to change the outlook on life some veterans have and provide an outlet where they can talk […]

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Ebola Survivor to Nurse Students: Be Best of the Best

by Kathleen Foody, Associated Press / August 29, 2016

ATLANTA —An American woman treated for the Ebola virus at Emory University Hospital said health care workers continue to learn more about the disease she contracted in 2014 while volunteering in the West African country of Liberia. Nancy Writebol addressed nursing students in Atlanta on August 26, about two years after she arrived at the […]

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Officials: Utah Health Plans Affordable Despite Increases

by Michelle L. Price, Associated Press / August 31, 2016

SALT LAKE CITY — As consumers in Utah and around the country are expected to see higher health insurance premiums and fewer choices next year under President Barack Obama’s health law, the White House says rates will still be relatively inexpensive for most Utah consumers. If rates for all health plans available on the federally […]


The Rural Blog: Heroin Overdoses Raise Concern Drugs Came From Same Batch

A rash of heroin overdoses reported in the last two weeks in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio and West Virginia, has officials concerned the drugs came from the same batch, “likely mixed with either fentanyl or carfentanil,” Harrison Jacobs reports for Business Insider. Fentanyl, a synthetic opioid, “is 80 to 100 times as powerful as morphine and […]

Medical School Diversity Means Better Health Care Later

by G. Richard Olds

American medical schools are suffering from a severe case of economic and racial homogeneity, which is fueling physician shortages in vulnerable communities. Doctors are most likely to work in areas that share their demographics. White medical students from wealthy backgrounds tend to return to well-off, predominantly white locales to practice. Conversely, communities that produce few […]