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.

Partnership highlight: NRHA continues to expand its work with All of Us Research Program

  • Author: Lea Mann

Since 2018, the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) has been a proud partner of the National Institute of Health’s All of Us Research Program. From the beginning, NRHA has been an affiliate of the Community and Provider Gateway Initiative, a cross-section of grassroots organizations helping to build program infrastructure, raise awareness about the value of participation, and drive enrollment in populations historically underrepresented in biomedical research, including rural.

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JRH Recognizes 2021 Article of Year

The Journal of Rural Health (JRH) will recognize its 2021 Article of the Year during the National Rural Health Association’s (NRHA) virtual 44th Annual Rural Health Conference May 4-7. The JRH Editorial Board selected the winner from all JRH articles published online last year.

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Case study: Rural municipal COVID-19 research leadership

As the nation’s fight against COVID-19 continues, health policy researchers will be dependent on national and state-level metrics to understand rural community impacts. Most rural health research centers will access data from institutions with big data servers, such as the Center for Disease Control or National Center for Health Statistics – but meaningful indicators of how COVID-19 has transformed daily life are at the municipal level.

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Highlighting the All of Us Research Program

‚ÄčLater this month, NRHA will be participating in the Adelante Promotores Conference in San Diego. This year, the theme—United for Healthy Communities—provides a platform for health advocates to grow their professional skills and reflect on our role in developing culturally competent, accessible care models that can help eliminate health disparities in the United States.

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JRH Impact Factor Increases by 42%

From 2017 to 2018, the impact factor for the National Rural Health Association’s Journal of Rural Health increased from 1.74 to 2.47, a 42 percent rise. The impact factor reflects the number of citations of articles published in a journal and is a key indicator of the publication’s reach, use, and reputation. The newly released impact factor reflects citations from 2018 of articles published in the journal in 2016 and 2017.

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A year in review: NRHA and All of Us

NRHA is excited to join the celebration of All of Us’ one-year anniversary, which officially occured May 6. In the last thirteen months, the program has enrolled more than 200,000 participants, roughly 152,000 of whom have completed all of the initial steps of the protocol. All of Us is a historic, longitudinal effort to gather data from one million or more people living in the United States to accelerate research and improve health.

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NRHA Journal Recognizes Article of Year

The Journal of Rural Health (JRH) has selected “Developing Telemental Health Partnerships Between State Medical Schools and Federally Qualified Health Centers: Navigating the Regulatory Landscape and Policy Recommendations” as its 2018 article of the year. NRHA will recognize its 2018 JRH article of the year at the association's Annual Rural Health Conference May 9 in Atlanta, Ga. The JRH Editorial Board selected the winner from all JRH articles published online last year.

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Recognizing and repairing rural health disparities

At the beginning of the month, NRHA held its annual Rural Health Policy Institute in Washington, D.C. The three-day event brought together hundreds of rural health advocates from across the country to ensure our elected leaders are keeping rural voters’ health needs top of mind now that the midterms have passed. A personal highlight for me was participating in the Rural Health Disparities Summit.

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Driving rural precision medicine progress

For years, rural communities have faced significant health challenges. And the measurable health disparities rural communities face are exacerbated by a troubling workforce situation. NRHA is motivated to search for new ways to support our members and improve the health of rural communities. That’s why in 2018 we joined the National Institutes of Health’s All of Us Research Program as an official partner organization. Through this partnership, NRHA is working to engage our members...

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