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Do these rural health issues look familiar?

Staffing challenges. Financial concerns. Rural regions ravaged by poverty, unemployment, and the opioid crisis.

These harsh realities take center stage in this issue of Rural Horizons. And they are echoed in The Providers, a new PBS documentary that shows how rural health care professionals can make a difference in the lives of their patients in the face of overwhelming odds.

The situations chronicled in this film are hardly unique.

Rural health care providers around the world can see themselves and their communities in the day-to-day struggles of the staff and patients at El Centro, a group of safety net clinics in northern New Mexico.

But these complex rural health issues — and the need to resolve them — are gaining more attention from international researchers, educators, and policymakers.

Make sure the unique needs of your community are part of the conversation: Plan now to attend the 16th WONCA World Rural Health Conference Oct. 12-15 in Albuquerque, N.M.

2019 WONCA World Rural Health Conference

Watch the full documentary below with the password provided by email and register by Aug. 30 to save hundreds on your chance to join rural health leaders across the globe in the Land of Enchantment for a truly world-class event.

And plan to arrive early for the American Academy of Family Physicians Global Health Summit Oct. 9-12. Dual registrants will receive a 15 percent discount code.

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