ANNOUNCEMENTS

ARHA Announces Drive to Establish Student Chapters

Your Alabama Rural Health Association has initiated an aggressive campaign to establish student chapters of the Alabama Student Rural Health Association (ASRHA) on all 54 public and private university, college, and community college campuses in Alabama.  A partnership proposal has been submitted to another Alabama organization to assist in funding this promising program.

 

Student membership in ASRHA is a bargain at a cost of only $25 per school year.  Included in this membership is annual membership in the campus ASRHA chapter (on campuses with ASRHA chapters), a full annual membership in the Alabama Rural Health Association, and a school year student membership in the National Rural Health Association.  For additional information on student memberships and benefits, select "Join ARHA".

 

Student members can also seek election as an officer in their campus chapter or seek election to the student position on the ARHA Board of Directors.

 

Campus ASRHA chapters will have regular meetings during which information of value to students pursuing health related careers will be provided.  A listing of possible program topics and speakers is currently being developed.  Chapters will also conduct health related community projects.  Each campus chapter must have a faculty/staff sponsor to oversee the chapter activities.  

 

To assist in establishing campus chapters of ASRHA, the following are being sought:

     Students with an interest in helping to establish a chapter at their school.

     Faculty/staff at Alabama schools interested in serving as a campus sponsor.

     Potential speakers on topics of interest to health related program students.

 

Please contact ARHA to assist with this program or if you have questions or recommendations.

 

ARHA Developing Plans For Second ICD-10 Coding Boot Camp in August or September

Your Alabama Rural Health Association (ARHA) is finalizing plans to offer a second ICD-10 Coding Boot Camp like the one provided in Montgomery in April.  As of today, it is thought that this training will be held in August or September in a central Alabama location.  The cost of this training will be $199 per person.

 

Please check back for additional information as this becomes available.

    

2015 Alabama Rural Health Facts and Figures

Alabama’s rural county residents had a per capita income level that was 21% less than that for our urban residents. (2012 data)

 

Eight rural counties (Bullock, Coosa, Bibb, Sumter, Wilcox, Winston, DeKalb, and Randolph) are among the 250 U.S. counties with the lowest per capita incomes among all 3,113 counties. Marion County was ranked # 251. (2012 data)

 

More than one in every five rural residents is eligible for Medicaid.

 

Nearly one half (47 %) of all rural children are eligible for Medicaid.

 

14 rural counties have between 10 and 16 percent of all households with no vehicle.

 

Only two of Alabama’s 54 rural counties (Coffee and Pike) are not entirely or partially classified as primary care shortage areas.  (May 2015)

 

Alabama’s primary care physician workforce is aging.  The average age of all actively practicing primary care physicians in Alabama today is 51.4 years.  This is a considerable increase from an average age of 50.1 in 2006.

 

All of Alabama’s 54 rural counties are classified as dental shortage areas for the Medicaid population.  Only Shelby County and a portion of Madison County are not currently classified as dental care shortage areas.  (May 2015)

 

Alabama currently has three counties (Coosa, Greene, and Lowndes) with no dentists in the entire county.   

 

All of Alabama’s 54 rural counties are classified as mental health care shortage areas for providing mental health care to the entire or low-income populations.  Only Madison County is not currently classified as mental health care shortage areas.  (July 2013)

 

In 1980, 45 of Alabama’s 54 rural counties had hospitals performing obstetrics.  Today only 16 of the 54 offer this basic service.  In 1980, 10 of the 12 Black Belt Region counties had hospitals performing obstetrics.  Today only one still offers this service.

 

12.2 percent of all adult Alabamians have been told that they have diabetes.  This is the 3rd highest percentage among all 50 states. 

 

Obesity is a major risk factor for numerous serious health conditions.  33 % of all adult Alabamians are currently obese.  This is the 5th highest percentage among all 50 states.  There are 10 rural Alabama counties with between 40 and 49 % of the adult population being obese.

 

13 rural Alabama counties do not have a dialysis clinic.

 

The cancer mortality rate for rural Alabama residents is over 16 percent higher than that for urban residents.

 

The heart disease mortality rate for rural Alabama residents is over 37 percent higher than that for urban residents.

 

The motor vehicle accident mortality rate for rural Alabama residents is nearly 56 percent higher than that for urban residents and more than double the national rate.

 

The 25 Alabama counties with the highest current unemployment rates are all rural and four of these have double-digit unemployment.  (March 2015)

ARHA Supported Tax Credit Legislation for Medical, Advanced Practice Nurse, and Physician's Assistant Uncompensated Clerkships Fails to Gain Passage

Senator Gerald Dial sponsored in the Senate (SB402).

Representative Elaine Beech sponsored in the House (HB321).

 

Plans are to introduce this excellent legislation again in the 2016 legislative session.  Be soliciting sponsors in the House and Senate.

 

This legislation would provide an income tax credit of $1,000 to a physician who provides, without compensation, at least three clinical rotations annually to students who are in a state medical or osteopathic medical program, a physician assistant program, or a nurse practitioner program.

 

This would provide an income tax credit of $750 to a physician assistant who provides, without compensation, at least three clinical rotations annually to students who are in a state physician assistant program.

 

This would also provide an income tax credit of $750 to an advanced practice nurse who provides, without compensation, at least three clinical rotations annually to students who are in a state advanced practice nurse program.

 

Visit "Legislation" to see the entire legislation.  Encourage other individuals and organizations to join ARHA in supporting this excellent legislation.