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.

Planting seeds for the future of rural health

A strategic plan provides guidance for growing NRHA’s influence in shaping rural health policy and driving solutions to improve the lives of 62 million rural Americans.

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Reimagining the role of physician assistants

For decades, rural communities have turned to advanced practice providers such as physician assistants (PAs) to fill the gaps in our health care system, and their role continues to evolve. 

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A decade on the road: NRHA’s Brock Slabach on rural health

After a decade speaking across the country Brock Slabach, MPH, FACHE, NRHA senior vice president of member services, has a deep understanding of health policy and what it means for rural America.

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A community-based approach to rural health research

Research in rural primary care and health professions education can inform decisions and transform the way we approach rural practice. Providing opportunities for medical students and health professionals to collaborate, share information, and find solutions is essential to the future of rural health. The Collaborative for Rural Primary Care, Research, Education, and Practice (Rural PREP) programs bring people together in a community of practice around education, training, and research.

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All of Us Research Program aims to enroll 1 million participants

A primary objective of All of Us is to forge partnerships with research participants, health care professionals, and national and community-based organizations to raise awareness of the program and engage members, with a special focus on populations that have been historically underrepresented in research.

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Rural hospitals: The beating heart of a local economy

A hospital is often the centerpiece of economic viability in rural America, providing jobs for a community’s residents and resources for its development.

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Tracing new pathways to rural practice

The University of Massachusetts Medical School initiated an optional enrichment program, Rural Health Scholars Pathway (RHSP), to offer students hands-on experience in rural and small towns. 

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NRHA’s 2018 Rural Health Awards a powerful testimony to personal dedication

More than one thousand people attended NRHA’s annual events in New Orleans this May. The association’s Rural Health Award winners were honored with a special ceremony during the 41st Annual Rural Health Conference and 3rd Rural Hospital Innovation Summit.

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Leveraging telebehavioral health services for rural veterans

This innovative program has been successful in improving access and quality of care for veterans and their families.

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Ice cream, soda, and Rx

Penn Drug Company, the oldest pharmacy in Iowa, has served its patients since 1863.

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