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.

Searching for solutions to the rural opioid crisis

Solving the rural opioid crisis starts with bringing awareness to a complex problem. It means difficult conversations between patients and providers, neighbors, family, and colleagues. Finding a way for rural communities to move forward requires collaboration from partners across health care, law enforcement, industry, and community organizations.

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NRHA comes to Atlanta

NRHA comes to Atlanta this spring for its flagship event, the association’s 42nd Annual Rural Health Conference May 7-10 at the Marriott Marquis, with unique offerings courtesy of the Magnolia State.

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Community health workers key to rural oral health

Improving access to oral health services is a critical need in rural America, and community health workers (CHWs) are a key part of the solution. CHWs live and work in the communities they serve, which makes them uniquely positioned to build relationships with underserved rural and frontier populations. 

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CDC as a rural resource: Q&A with Diane Hall

Diane Hall, senior policy analyst at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), discusses CDC’s work in rural health, the importance of data collection, and CDC’s excitement for the upcoming NRHA Annual Rural Health Conference in Atlanta. 

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Your rural data resources: the people behind the numbers

Research can be a powerful tool that informs decisions and transforms the way we approach health programs and policies — but the numbers don’t always speak for themselves. To help illustrate the unique nature of rural health, we need people to bring those numbers to life and share research findings within the context of real-life experiences and stories. NRHA staff has identified four stakeholders that are on the vanguard of rural health research.

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Transforming rural communities through population health

Supporting a healthy population starts with having a safety net of resources to help people thrive and improve their lives. 

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Planting seeds for the future of rural health

A strategic plan provides guidance for growing NRHA’s influence in shaping rural health policy and driving solutions to improve the lives of 62 million rural Americans.

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Reimagining the role of physician assistants

For decades, rural communities have turned to advanced practice providers such as physician assistants (PAs) to fill the gaps in our health care system, and their role continues to evolve. 

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A decade on the road: NRHA’s Brock Slabach on rural health

After a decade speaking across the country Brock Slabach, MPH, FACHE, NRHA senior vice president of member services, has a deep understanding of health policy and what it means for rural America.

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A community-based approach to rural health research

Research in rural primary care and health professions education can inform decisions and transform the way we approach rural practice. Providing opportunities for medical students and health professionals to collaborate, share information, and find solutions is essential to the future of rural health. The Collaborative for Rural Primary Care, Research, Education, and Practice (Rural PREP) programs bring people together in a community of practice around education, training, and research.

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