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.

Congress Passes Fiscal Year 2022 Omnibus Package: NRHA Statement

The National Rural Health Association applauds Congress for their bipartisan compromise to fund the government and the attention shown toward rural health care programs.  

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2022 State of the Union: NRHA Statement

In last night’s State of the Union Address, President Biden proposed his solutions to the biggest concerns we are currently facing as a nation, including those facing rural health.

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NRHA receives $7 million donation from philanthropist and author MacKenzie Scott

NRHA is proud to announce that it has received a one-time, unrestricted donation in the amount of $7 million from philanthropist and author MacKenzie Scott.

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NRHA announces 2022 leadership elections results

Leadership for the National Rural Health Association is secure for 2022 and beyond, thanks to recent elections for Board of Trustees and open Rural Health Congress positions.

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Introducing the Save America's Rural Hospitals Act

NRHA's voice isn't enough without your own. We can tell Congress what, but only you can tell them why. That’s why NRHA enlisted our members to provide technical assistance to Reps. Sam Graves (R-Mo.) and Jared Huffman (D-Calif.) in developing the Save America’s Rural Hospitals Act and introducing it to the 117th Congress. Now we need you to let your representatives know how this bipartisan bill can serve the whole of rural by raising the rural health safety net and...

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From Nepal to Nebraska: The story of PreeTy

It's a long way from Nepal to northeast Nebraska. Yet, that's exactly where licensed nurse PreeTy found herself arriving one day in February of 2018. The Nebraskan countryside was foreign, but the weather was similarly blustery to her homeland at that time of year. Living in the U.S. was not new to her, however. She'd been here before and felt fortunate to be back.

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We need more data on health in rural America

The COVID-19 pandemic prompted a mass migration away from urban centers. While the new numbers are not in yet, we already know about 1 in 5 people live in rural areas. With remote working on the rise, this number could increase in years to come. This situation emphasizes the need to ensure health equity no matter where someone lives National Rural Health Day is just one day of the year, but we need quality health care all year everywhere.

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Is there a shortage of rural social workers?

Approximately 47 million adults 18 and older live in rural areas, along with 13.4 million children. A 2019 poll by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that one in every four people living in a rural area said they could not get the health care they needed – and this scarcity extends to lawyers, teachers, and social workers as well, with the social worker shortage likely concentrated in particular specialty fields.

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Real facts about the COVID-19 vaccine

You know better than anyone that vaccine hesitancy among rural Americans means COVID-19 will linger in rural communities for the foreseeable future – unless something more is done to increase vaccination rates. NRHA, in partnership with Legato Healthcare Marketing, has developed a grassroots initiative to help rural health stakeholders build vaccine confidence at the local level. We need rural health stakeholders to champion the initiative, inviting local business, nonprofit, and...

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Extending quality care into every American community

Facing physician stress and shortages alongside the larger, ongoing effects of the coronavirus pandemic, rural healthcare is at a crossroads as patients and care providers alike demand changes in terms of where and how care is delivered. What will the future of telehealth and extended care look like in the U.S.? Philips is committed to helping create this new reality. Extending care depends on understanding unique needs, employing creative thinking and building partnerships at all levels...

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