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NRHA's quarterly Rural Horizons magazine features articles carefully selected to engage, educate and entertain those working to improve health care in rural America. It replaces NRHA's previous publication, the award-winning Rural Roads. Archives of both publications are available below.

Email [email protected] for information on editorial content or to subscribe to NRHA's new magazine, Rural Horizons.

For information, download NRHA's 2021 engagement guide or email Colleen Bay.

Archive of NRHA's Rural Horizons magazine issues

Fall 2020
  • Rural leaders build networks to source PPE for hospitals
  • Mitigating the impact of COVID on rural families at risk for violence
  • The benefits of being a rural nurse practitioner

Summer 2020
  • COVID-19 relief: No margin for error
  • CDC on rural COVID-19 response
  • Mental health in a pandemic
  • NRHA’s Rural Health Clinic and Critical Access Hospital Conferences

Spring 2020
  • Chasing the horizon of rural telemedicine
  • Rural mental health challenges and hope for the future
  • Removing barriers to oral health access: A multilinked approach
  • NRHA’s 43rd Annual Rural Health Conference

Winter 2020
  • Approaching the issue of rural social isolation
  • Promoting a framework for age-friendly health systems
  • Rural EMS: Critical services hang in the balance

Fall 2019
  • All of Us Research Program One year after launch
  • Preparing nurse practitioners for rural practice
  • Make sure you get counted in 2020
  • WONCA World Rural Health Conference

Summer 2019
  • Searching for rural opioid crisis solutions
  • Shifting addiction stigma in rural Oklahoma
  • Treating 20,000 addicts in rural America
  • Do these rural health issues look familiar?

Spring 2019
  • Your rural data resources: the people behind the numbers
  • CDC as a rural resource: Q&A with Diane Hall
  • Community health workers key to rural oral health
  • NRHA comes to Atlanta

Winter 2019
  • Reimagining the role of physician assistants
  • Planting seeds for the future of rural health
  • Transforming rural communities through population health

Summer 2018
  • All of Us Research Program aims to enroll 1 million participants
  • A community-based approach to rural health research
  • A decade on the road: NRHA’s Brock Slabach on rural health

Spring 2018
  • Rural hospitals: The beating heart of a local economy
  • Tracing new pathways to rural practice
  • NRHA’s 2018 Rural Health Awards

Winter 2018
  • Expanding mental health support for rural veterans
  • Ice cream, soda, and Rx
  • Leveraging telebehavioral health services for rural veterans

Fall 2017
  • Revealing the scope of rural OB unit closures
  • Total immersion: Rethinking the future of rural health and well-being
  • Rural tech training, partnerships worth their weight in gold

Summer 2017
  • Rural PREP program does that and more for future docs
  • Aspiring doc’s old-school outlook on rural health
  • Dentist brings oral health best practices to rural community
  • Training builds rural health workforce one student at a time


Archive of NRHA's Rural Roads magazine issues

Winter 2017
  • Shining a light: Counteracting physician burnout
  • Overweight but malnourished in rural America
  • Get to know NRHA’s new president
  • Childhood trauma tied to adverse health outcomes

Fall 2016
  • Gone country: Urban med student chooses rural practice
  • Physician grows flower shop into rural health network
  • NRHA honors rural health’s finest
  • Rural hospital that almost closed twice now thriving 

Summer 2016
  • Rural law enforcement learn mental health crisis skills
  • A doctor’s take on rural hospital closures
  • ‘They say coal mining gets in your blood’
  • Providing care to veterans close to home 

Spring 2016
  • Planting roots: Housing crisis threatens immigrant workers’ health
  • Camp aims to recruit rural EMTs
  • Reaching veterans through rural health networks
  • Rural resourcefulness thrives in changing health care landscape 

Winter 2015
  • New lease on life: Rural community wins fight to re-open hospital
  • Natives care for neighbors after sexual assault
  • Rural leader finds freedom on frontier
  • Get to know NRHA’s new president

Fall 2015
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • The 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