Summer 2012

Rural EMS

Luce, McGinnis, & PrescottLocal and National Efforts Improve Rural EMS Safety
by Candi Helseth
A national web-based reporting tool and new, local safety practices are increasing EMS safety, but more and wider coordination is needed.

Services Integration Strengthens Rural EMS
by Candi Helseth
By integrating rural EMS with other services, programs in Oregon, Minnesota and Maine are improving patient care, EMS response times and provider skills.

Rural Volunteer EMS Squads Face Staffing Challenges
by Candi Helseth
Volunteer EMS squads are dwindling in number due to the lack of able-bodied and available recruits.

Challenges for Human Services

by Kathleen Belanger
Why Rural Research Is Important—And How Foundations Can Support It
The increasing emphasis on evidence-based practice in health and human services is making more and better rural data collection necessary.

Look What’s Coming

by Wayne Myers, M.D.
A New Lease on Life
Small hospitals should move away from acute care and work instead to house all local health-related activities.

Around the Country

by Candi Helseth
Plymouth State University Students Help Plant GardensPhones Enable Smart Wound Care in Rural Areas
In rural Pennsylvania, nurses can use their smart phones to send images for diagnosis without the patients having to leave their homes.

Center Inspires Active Living in New Hampshire Communities
A senior center exercise program, a foot race fundraiser, and a community garden
are among the activities initiated by the Center for Active Living and Healthy
Communities.

Rural Spotlight

Dennis Berensby Beth Blevins
An Interview with Dennis Berens
The former director of the Nebraska Office of Rural Health looks back at his career so far, and discusses the future of rural communities.