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March 2020 Newsletter

Hello IARHC members,

The IARHC board held a very productive meeting this month. I hope you all received my email on 2/28 that included several membership related updates. If you have not had a chance to review this email, please do so and let me know if you have any questions.

I will be out on parental leave soon and returning in June. There will not be IARHC newsletters for the month of April, a light newsletter in May, and no newsletter in June. If you have any questions related to IARHC or rural health needs while I am away, please reach out to IARHC Board President, Ann Wise at or Erica Shannon at

Thank you,

Emily Vogt
Legislative Updates

IARHC Bill Tracker

The IARHC Bill Tracker is updated daily with changes of status. All bills that died in the funnel have been moved to the "Inactive" list; all live bills are in the default "Active" list. You can see them at:

Articles and Updates


Physician Burnout: Definition(s), Cause(s), Impact(s), Solution(s)
An article in the Rural Monitor reviews information about burnout in healthcare professions and shares solutions to improve physicians' mental health. To read more, click here.

1 in 4 Rural Hospitals is Vulernable to Closure, a New Report Finds
The financial crisis for America’s rural hospitals is getting worse.

A new report from the Chartis Center for Rural Health puts the situation in dire terms: 2019 was the worst year for rural hospital closures this decade, with 19 hospitals in rural America shutting their doors. Nearly one out of every four open rural hospitals has early warning signs that indicate they are also at risk of closing in the near future. To read more, click here.


Rural Health Grant Writing Workshops
The CRH conducts grant writing workshops that provide participants with the basic tools necessary to compete successfully for grant funds to address rural health issues in their communities. For more information, click here.

Farm Stress and Mental Health
The Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center has created a webpage to help farmers and others experiencing farm stress. The webpage includes a number of resources and training opportunities. For more information, click here.

5 Action Steps for Helping Someone in Emotional Pain
This publication from the National Institute of Mental Health provides tips to recognize the warning signs for suicide and how to get help for someone who is at risk. For more information, click here.
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