NRHA's Rural Health Voices blog offers informed commentary on the latest news in rural health care from NRHA staff and editorials from selected contributors.

Rural leaders build networks to source PPE for hospitals

A volunteer pilot slam-locks the passenger door of his aircraft and gets in. Before COVID-19, that passenger berth carried patients in need of a ride from their rural location to vital health care appointments. Regional networks such as Angel Flight coordinated these flights with a roster of pilots willing to donate their time, aircraft, and fuel to get rural patients where they needed to go. But when the pandemic hit, these networks were forced to suspend patient flights to limit the spread...

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Mitigating the impact of COVID on rural families at risk for violence

The irony of COVID-19’s physical distancing is that many family units now have an increased closeness — for some, perhaps to a degree not previously experienced.

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The benefits of being a rural nurse practitioner

To keep up with the demands of practice, nurse practitioners (NP) have to wear many hats. Fortunately, those serving rural areas are afforded more autonomy in their work than urban NPs, a recent study shows.

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Mental health in a pandemic

Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center co-project directors Thomasine Heitkamp and Dennis Mohatt discuss the coronavirus outbreak’s effects on mental health, telehealth services, and the disparities already present in rural communities.

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CDC on rural COVID-19 response

Diane Hall is a senior policy analyst with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and lead for the CDC’s Minority Health and Rural Health Team on COVID-19 response. 

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COVID-19 relief: No margin for error

As agencies and institutions sounded alarms indicating the spread of the novel coronavirus, NRHA advocates went into high gear. Foremost among NRHA’s concerns for rural health care were hospital cash flow and support for provider agility in the crisis.

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NRHA's 43rd Annual Rural Health Conference

  • Author: NRHA

Navigate shifting currents from the comfort of your home or office at NRHA’s 43rd Annual Rural Health Conference, the nation’s largest gathering of rural health professionals and the association’s first virtual event, June 16-19.

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Removing barriers to oral health access: A multilinked approach

To improve oral health outcomes, it is necessary to understand and address the barriers that prevent individuals from accessing services. 

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Rural mental health challenges and hope for the future

A dearth of mental health practitioners, social isolation — perhaps now exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis — and perceived stigma can combine to make identifying, quantifying, and treating mental health issues complicated everywhere, but particularly in rural areas. Researchers are taking action to pinpoint rural mental health needs and solutions.

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Chasing the horizon of rural telemedicine

Telemedicine provides the opportunity to share resources, lower costs, increase access, and provide specialty services that might otherwise be unavailable.

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