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.

NRHA announces Rural Health Award recipients

NRHA is proud to announce its 2019 Rural Health Award recipients to be honored at the largest gathering of rural health professionals in the country May 9 in Atlanta, Ga. “We’re extremely proud of this year’s winners,” says Alan Morgan, NRHA CEO. “They have each made tremendous strides to advance rural health care, and we’re confident they will continue to help improve the lives of rural Americans.”

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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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NRHA Supports New Legislation for Community Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics

NRHA is excited to announce support for two new key pieces of legislation that will support and improve our Community Health Centers (CHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs). These two essential providers ensure that primary care and other crucial services are present in underserved rural communities, guaranteeing quality, affordable care for every rural American.

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NRHA announces top rural community hospitals

The National Rural Health Association has named the 20 highest-ranked prospective payment system hospitals in the country based on an evaluation by The Chartis Center for Rural Health using iVantage Health Analytics’ Hospital Strength Index. These rural community hospitals will be recognized in an awards ceremony during NRHA’s Rural Hospital Innovation Summit May 9 in Atlanta.

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White House Reveals 2020 Budget

This afternoon, the White House released its FY2020 Budget. Unfortunately, the budget would be devastating for the rural health safety net, key programs that help support struggling rural providers across our country.  

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Access to Critical Care: HIV/AIDS in Rural America

As Congress works with the Administration to develop strategies to prevent future cases of HIV/AIDS, they must acknowledge the challenges and needs of rural Americans living with the condition and struggling to access necessary care. ​

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Reviving the heart of a rural community

  • Author: MEDHOST

When a rural Alabama hospital faced closure, it took more than added capital to save the day. In a show of resilience that would have made The Free State of Winston proud, and with support from their community and health care partners, Lakeland Community Hospital was able to keep its doors open. Lakeland’s struggle offers a textbook example of what it takes to save rural health care in America.

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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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Rural Hospital Closures Rise to Ninety-Eight

Last week, two rural hospitals closed, bringing the number of rural hospital closures up to 98 since 2010.

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2 Digital Health Tools Every Rural Clinician Should Try

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, chronic disease affects 117 million Americans and is a primary reason behind skyrocketing health care spending. But patient outcomes are not improving; in fact, for patients with chronic disease, outcomes are typically the poorest as they are challenged to self-manage their conditions on a daily basis. Access to support for social determinants of health in addition to medical needs can lead to better outcomes for patients. Digital...

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