National Rural Health Association

2016 Policy Institute

Rural Roads Magazine

From Alaska to Florida, National Rural Health Association members look to Rural Roads for inspiration and ideas.

The award-winning quarterly magazine features articles carefully selected to engage, educate and entertain those working to improve health care in rural America.

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Archived issues

Fall 2015 - It takes a village: Volunteer-run pregnancy support center beats the odds
Greenhouse nurtures confidence in psych patients
Walking 283 miles to save rural hospitals
How rural rivals created an award-winning partnership

Summer 2015 - Going the distance: Geography often biggest obstacle to rural care
Small-town HIV outbreak a public health crisis
NRHA honors rural health’s finest
Researchers tackle rural childhood obesity

Spring 2015 - Show and tell: School-based telemedicine brings docs to students
How a rural county pioneered population health
Network helps rural seniors age in place
Connecting rural veterans to specialists 

Winter 2014 - Graduating care: Recent grads open revolutionary rural clinic
Providing relief in a health care desert
Rural scholars return home to practice
Urban students gain rural experience

Fall 2014 - Home on the range
Hospital initiative advances prenatal care
A rural county gets growing
Telehealth on the rise in rural
Advocates respond to shrinking rural representation

Summer 2014 - Over the river and through the woods
Remote remedies connect Alaskans to care
500 physicians matched in 35 years
NRHA honors rural health’s finest
Like doctor, like daughter

Spring 2014 - Taking root: Volunteers dig in to feed hospital patients
Ranger credits rural blood donors with saving his life after gunfight
Small-town clinic grows with medical home model
Rural doctors focus on quality

Fall 2013 - Sky blue pink: A picture is worth a thousand pills
Tribal trust: Native American veterans help peers get care
Partnership matches doctors with rural practices
Understanding the Affordable Care Act in rural America

Summer 2013 - Rural hospital saves a baby, has a cow
Dr. Rhodes hits the road to help patients
A 20-something’s skin cancer diagnosis
Oklahoma hospitals respond when tornadoes hit

Spring 2013 - Tales of a country doc
Physician, professor uses storytelling to engage students
Focus on rural mental health
Telehealth barriers, benefits
Rural hospital plays vital role when disaster strikes

Winter 2013 - Black lung is back: Coal miners can’t catch a breath or a break
40 years of rural recruitment
Rural Lens results
6 reasons to race to Louisville

Fall 2012 - Farm calls: Nurses deliver dose of care to farmers
New foundation supports rural leaders
Clinton calls on NRHA for community health worker training
Morris explains path from small-town sportswriter to ORHP head

Summer 2012 - The friendliest skies: Aviator angels transport rural patients
Dental student brings awareness to hometown school
Rethinking design and culture at small hospitals
Family emergency introduces first-year doc to rural support system

Spring 2012 - Message sent: One family takes texting tragedy on the road
School shooting forever changes young doctor
Staff give back to hospitals where they were born
Mother-daughter program aims to prevent STDs

Winter 2012 - When home is the most dangerous place
Missouri nonprofits provide shelter and hope for rural victims of abuse
Rural food deserts leave residents hungry for nutritious options
White House Rural Council’s health priorities explained
NRHA shows doctor-to-be real scope of rural practice

Fall 2011 - Pedal to the mettle: Med students bike across Oregon
Looking back on 30 years of rural HIV/AIDS
Small-town med school trains small-town doctors
Rural EMTs practice with mannequins that bleed

Summer 2011 - Mission accomplished: Remote town recruits mission-focused doctor
Rival hospitals team up
On the line: Veterans’ crisis hotline saves lives
Identifying LGBT health care disparities, opportunities

Spring 2011 - Montana bucks trend: Campaign reduces meth use
Lights, camera, rural Alabama
Remembering Rosemary
Teen donates children’s books to hospitals

Winter 2011 - All smiles: Dental therapists take care home
Hospital donation helps college train nurses
Border health advocates share experiences
Delivery comes full circle for rural med student

Fall 2010 - Amish outreach: Cancer project brings awareness
Mobile clinics deliver care to rural communities
Gulf residents struggle with uncertain future
South Dakota hospital connects specialists to small towns

Summer 2010 - Hope for Haiti: Volunteers bring healing
Tornado turns Kansas hospital green
Doctor nurtures rural roots
Smoking ban reduces heart attacks

Spring 2010 - On a mission: Pharmacists serve remote Alaska island
Wellness is contagious at rural hospitals
HPV programs promote prevention
Telemedicine brings veterans’ mental health care closer to home

Winter 2010 - The beat goes on: Heart health in rural America
Hospitals prepare for pandemic
Connecting parents to school nurse office
Mental help for teens

Fall 2009 - Monkey do: Unique service animals lend a hand
Robo docs diagnose from a distance
Cancer changes doctor’s perspective
Telemedicine treats diabetic American Indians

Summer 2009 - Eat your veggies: Farmers’ markets enrich health and community
Married docs serve remote Alaskan island
Texting keeps clinic in touch
Redwoods at root of telehealth center

Spring 2009 - Weathering the storm
Small hospitals resilient to natural disaster
Project pipeline
Employee satisfaction off the charts
Telemedicine connects rural New Mexico

Winter 2009 - Relocation, recruitment, retention
International doctors serve rural America
Making harm history
Rural midwives deliver
Coffee shop nurse perks up community

Fall 2008 - A fighting chance: War zone health
Real tooth fairies
Te rural race to the White House
Mountains, moose and mammograms

Summer 2008 - Patient praises cardiac partnership
Rural recruitment and retention
Collaboration addresses children’s mental health
NRHA volunteers rebuild homes

Spring 2008 - 21st century house calls
Mental health care for HIV patients
The workforce pipeline
Gender gap in substance abuse treatment

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