Study Finds Gaps in Services for Young Islanders With Disabilities
Louisa Hufstader

About 500 young people on Martha’s Vineyard are living with one or more of a wide range of disabilities that can limit their access to healthy recreation, according to a report presented last week.

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Rural Scholars Study End-of-Life Planning as Public Health Issue
Holly Pretsky

Vineyarders need to begin encouraging more thoughtful discussion about end-of-life plans, eight rural scholars from the University of Massachusetts medical school concluded in a recent mini-study on the Island.

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Study Finds Gaps in Reproductive Health Care
Heather Hamacek

Reproductive health care on the Vineyard is notably lacking in education, communication and access. This was the conclusion of eight rural scholars who recently spent two weeks on the Island studying the issue.

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Record-Keeping Disarray Stymies Addiction Study
Steve Myrick

Inconsistent data and outmoded record-keeping methods posed a major barrier to studying the addiction problem on Martha’s Vineyard.

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Lots of Houses, Nobody Home; Rural Scholars Report on Homeless Study
Heather Hamacek
Once again, the rural scholars program visited the Vineyard to study a pressing Island issue. This year's topic was homelessness and the housing shortage.
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Rural Scholars Say Isolation Has Huge Impact on Island Elder Population
Alison L. Mead
Five medical students spent the past two weeks on the Island studying elder care and services as part of the rural scholars program. Neglect by a caregiver and self neglect were cited as the top two types of abuse facing Vineyard elders.
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Rural Scholars Raise Issue of Aging Vineyard Population
Ivy Ashe
By the year 2020 one-quarter of the Vineyard will be over the age of 65. By the year 2025 that number is expected to jump to 30 per cent, according to findings by the University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute.
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Rural Scholars Study: As Island Elderly Population Grows, So Will Health Needs
Peter Brannen

As a wave, or tsunami rather, of baby boomers is expected to populate the Vineyard in the coming years, the Island faces a number of challenges delivering health care to its seniors. Six rural health scholars from the University of Massachusetts Medical School recently documented those challenges in a report on the current mental health needs of the Island’s elderly population. Transportation, isolation and access to mental health services emerged as major areas needing improvement.

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