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Workforce development after COVID-19.

COVID-19 has provided many lessons for the nation’s rural hospitals, including that leadership and the right skills for the tasks at hand are key to navigating difficult times. Recognizing that an educated workforce is essential, many rural hospitals are looking for ways to transform traditional approaches to workforce development. They want cost-effective programs that equip staff to meet real-world challenges and provide measurable results..

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How will a virtual Rural Health Policy Institute work?.

A raging pandemic, a new administration in Washington, the ongoing rural hospital closure crisis – the stakes are high for rural health in 2021. As individual rural health professionals and advocates, every day we work hard to ensure our community has access to essential care and resources – but our voices are louder together. Our next step as rural health stakeholders is NRHA’s virtual 32nd Rural Health Policy Institute Feb. 9-11. Here's how we'll make an impression....

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Experiencing COVID-19 as a doctor and patient.

As a rural doctor on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic, Karl Viddal, MD, recognizes the overwhelming stress health care workers are under. He also understands what it’s like to be a patient with COVID-19 fighting for his life. Viddal survived his own battle with COVID-19 last spring. The 46-year-old spent 55 days in the hospital, including 28 days in a medically induced coma, and 34 days on a ventilator. .

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‘It’s on us’: Health care’s unique position in the response to human trafficking.

Before joining the board of Transitions of Pennsylvania, a local women’s resource center, Kendra Aucker says human trafficking wasn’t exactly on her radar. .

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Building a rural integrated network for specialty care.

Recruiting specialists is difficult for any hospital, and it’s even more challenging for small, independent hospitals in rural areas. Most critical access hospitals (CAHs) don’t have enough volume for full-time specialists in cardiology, pulmonology, orthopedics, urology, ear, nose and throat, and other specialties..

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