Attention to rural health needs is the focus of the federal Rural Action Plan, released in September by HHS. The plan presents federal programs and regulatory actions to enhance rural health, under four strategies: create models, technology/innovation, prevention, and access. The Plan includes attention to various issues, including the Ending the HIV Epidemic goal to eliminate new HIV infections in the U.S. and its focus on seven states with a substantial rural HIV burden.
Below is a quick recap of select resources with a rural health needs, with a focus on HIV materials.
- HRSA's Federal Office of Rural Health Policy has compiled information on rural health policy and regulations, telehealth, and rural community programs, including the recently-funded Rural HIV/AIDS Planning Program.
- The Rural HIV/AIDS Prevention and Treatment Toolkit, by the HRSA-funded Rural Health Information Hub, presents seven modules with HIV/AIDS basics, program models and additional resources.
- HIV clinician training reaches all parts of the U.S., including rural areas, under the AETC clinical training program of the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP). Various regional AETCs have a particular focus on their rural service areas. See the AETC's Non-Occupational Post-Exposure Prophylaxis (nPEP) Toolkit.
- The Rural topic page on TargetHIV.org includes select resources developed by the RWHAP on topics like stigma, telemedicine, and intimate partner violence.
- HRSA's Training and TA Hub has a listing of various technical assistance and training programs, including those with a rural focus.