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Coronavirus Threatens The Lives Of Rural Hospitals Already Stretched To Breaking Point

This story also ran on NPR. This story can be republished for free (details). [UPDATED on March 21] Rural hospitals may not be able to keep their doors open as the coronavirus pandemic saps their cash, their CEOs warn, just as communities most need them. As the coronavirus sweeps across the United States, all hospitals… Read More »

Rural Health Policy

View more How do we ensure access to affordable, high quality healthcare for rural residents? How can Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement approaches allow rural healthcare facilities to keep their doors open? How can we attract healthcare providers to rural communities? Questions like these, along with countless others, are the basis of rural health policy. Rural health policymaking takes… Read More »

Urbanization Leaves Rural America In A Health Care Crisis

(Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images) NurPhoto via Getty Images Declining birth rates and an aging population have impacted American migration patterns for decades. But according to the USDA’s Economic Research Service, between 2010 and 2017, almost 1,000 rural counties in the U.S. recorded more deaths than births. Add in migration patterns of people moving… Read More »

Why rural residents need better access to care, starting with high-speed Internet

Did you know that “rural America” encompasses 97 percent of the US land mass? And, 60 million people (20 percent of the U.S. population) live in rural America. This matters when it comes to healthcare. Because of the sheer distances, rural residents are increasingly isolated from reasonable geographic access to physicians, behavioral health professionals, outpatient… Read More »

Students Experience Rural and Urban Pharmacy Care with Exchange Program – Pharmacy Times

Caring for patients in a rural community is vastly different than in a city, and students at 2 universities had a chance to see the differences firsthand, earlier this year. After months of planning, the Health Equity Leadership Program allowed pharmacy students from Howard University in Washington, D.C. and from the University of Wyoming (UW)… Read More »

Radiation oncology workforce study indicates potential threat to rural cancer care access

An inside look into America’s radiation oncology workforce finds that gender and race gaps have narrowed slightly, although persistent and growing geographic disparities point to a need for more equity in access to radiation therapy care. The survey, which drew responses from more than 1,100 physicians across the country, finds that fewer radiation oncologists are… Read More »