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Rural hospitals: The beating heart of a local economy

A hospital is often the centerpiece of economic viability in rural America, providing jobs for a community’s residents and resources for its development.

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Tracing new pathways to rural practice

The University of Massachusetts Medical School initiated an optional enrichment program, Rural Health Scholars Pathway (RHSP), to offer students hands-on experience in rural and small towns. 

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NRHA’s 2018 Rural Health Awards a powerful testimony to personal dedication

More than one thousand people attended NRHA’s annual events in New Orleans this May. The association’s Rural Health Award winners were honored with a special ceremony during the 41st Annual Rural Health Conference and 3rd Rural Hospital Innovation Summit.

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Leveraging telebehavioral health services for rural veterans

This innovative program has been successful in improving access and quality of care for veterans and their families.

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Ice cream, soda, and Rx

Penn Drug Company, the oldest pharmacy in Iowa, has served its patients since 1863.

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Essential outreach: Expanding mental health support for rural veterans

One in every five service members returns home from combat with at least one serious mental health issue. Successful treatment often requires specialized provider training to meet the unique needs of service members and veterans.

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Rural tech training, partnerships worth their weight in gold

One of 41 grantees to receive funds from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) to assist health entities with the successful adoption of electronic health records, NeKY RHIO’s sustainability model includes a membership plan with a threepronged approach: core services, IT services and support membership.

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Total immersion: Rethinking the future of rural health and well-being

Rural communities vary a great deal in terms of population, infrastructure, remoteness and culture. But in general, they are fundamentally different from cities along all of those same dimensions. It stands to reason, then, that the health care system that works well in rural America would be qualitatively different from the health care system that works well in cities. 

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Revealing the scope of rural OB unit closures

Closures of rural obstetrics units and entire hospitals have affected access to care for more than 28 million women of reproductive age living in rural America. With many hospitals closing OB units, women in rural areas are traveling many miles for treatment and delivery.

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Training builds rural health workforce one student at a time

With an average of only 40 primary doctors to take care of 100,000 patients in rural America,* it’s vital to find ways to entice more health care providers to practice rurally.

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