Rural Health Association of Tennessee
The Rural Health Association of Tennessee is the only group in Tennessee that specifically and exclusively focuses on Tennessee's rural citizens - we advocate and educate on rural health issues.
Our Areas of Concern in Rural Tennessee
- Rural Access to Health Care
- Substance Abuse
- Special Populations
- Mental/Behavioral Health
- Health Professions Education
- Health Promotion/Disease Prevention
- Oral Health
- Rural Emergency Preparedness
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FirstNet is building a Nationwide Public Safety Broadband Network.
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RHAT Legislative Priorities and Principles 2016
Find your state legislator at this link to share with them your support of the RHAT priorities.
Cervical Health Awareness Month
Cervical cancer was once one of the most common causes of cancer death for American women. But over the last 30 years, the cervical cancer death rate has gone down by more than 50%. The main reason for this change is the increased use of screening tests. Screening can find changes in the cervix before cancer develops. It can also find cervical cancer early – when it’s small, has not spread, and is easiest to cure. Another way to help prevent cervical cancer in the future is to have children vaccinated against human papilloma virus (HPV), which causes most cases of cervical cancer. (HPV is linked to a lot of other kinds of cancer, too.)
For more information click here
Radon Action Month
You can’t see, smell or taste radon, but it could be present at a dangerous level in your home. Radon is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in America and claims the lives of about 21,000 Americans each year. In fact, the EPA and the U.S. Surgeon General urge all Americans to protect their health by testing their homes, schools and other buildings for radon.
Exposure to radon is a preventable health risk and testing radon levels in your home can help prevent unnecessary exposure. If a high radon level is detected in your home, you can take steps to fix the problem to protect yourself and your family.
To learn more click here.
See highlights from this year's conference!
Annual Conference 2016
November 16-18, 2016
Music Road Hotel & Convention Center
Pigeon Forge, Tennessee
Virtual Poster Competition
Nominate a deserving individual or entity for a 2017 award. Click here for the categories and descriptions.
NRHA’s Alan Morgan on rural opioid epidemic causes, solutions
In 2016, the opioid epidemic in America continued to persist at crisis level: Each day, 91 people died of a drug overdose, and the number of opioid-related deaths has quadrupled since 2000. Rural America has been hit especially hard. “When you look at the prevalence of behavioral health specialists, there’s a clinical shortage … in rural areas. So you’ve got a self-perpetuating system where those most in need of health care services have the fewest options available,” explains NRHA CEO Alan Morgan. Hear more about solutions for the opioid epidemic directly from your elected officials at NRHA’s Rural Health Policy Institute Feb. 7-9.
When the hospital in Newton, Miss., closed, Wendy Bailey felt she had lost a lifeline. “One of my biggest fears is … finding my daughter on the floor from a seizure … and not being able to get help quick enough,” says Bailey. Another 673 rural hospitals are at risk of closing. Cuts in reimbursement for bad debt have been particularly hard on rural hospitals, according to NRHA’s Maggie Elehwany. With your help, NRHA’s Save Rural Hospitals Act will create a unique payment designation to offer a path forward for struggling rural hospitals.
Fifty-five rural hospitals have closed since 2010, and 283 more are on the brink of closure, risking access to much-needed health care for more than 700,000 Americans.
That’s why the National Rural Health Association advanced the Save Rural Hospitals Act, introduced today by U.S Reps. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Dave Loebsack (D-Iowa).
The bipartisan bill will stabilize and strengthen rural hospitals by:
Stopping the many cuts in Medicare that rural hospitals have endured for years,
Providing rural hospitals with new funding so they can provide quality primary care to rural patients across the nation, and
Creating a path forward for struggling rural hospitals by allowing them to provide care that makes sense in their communities and receive fair reimbursement for emergency room and primary care.
Healthcare Exchange (Marketplace) Resources
Five Tips for Enrolling in Health Insurance
Health Law Helper (Consumer Reports)
Helpful Phone Numbers & Links (from TN Primary Care Association)
Tip Sheet for the Newly Insured
Need help navigating the Health Exchange Marketplace? Many organizations are serving as Navigator Organizations and have staff and partner organizations to assist. Click here for a list.
Read a sample "Rural Health Digest"