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NRHA statement on President Biden’s FY 2024 Budget.

The National Rural Health Association is pleased with the Biden Administration's fiscal year (FY) 2024 budget proposal to help build a strong rural health infrastructure across the country. NRHA applauds the administration for including critical investments to increase rural health care access, workforce recruitment, and address rural health disparities..

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NRHA donor profile: Meet Keith Mueller.

In more than three decades as a rural health researcher, NRHA member Keith Mueller has become one of the nation’s foremost rural health policy experts. He has also been a steadfast supporter of NRHA, having generously donated to support the mission and rural leadership training programs of NRHA’s Rural Health Foundation. Mueller recently sat down with NRHA to tell us more about his career, why he is passionate about rural health research, and why he feels it’s vital to....

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NRHA survey seeks to understand rural COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy.

It has been nearly three years since COVID-19 first upended life and health care as we know it. Since then, many rural health care providers and stakeholders – including the National Rural Health Association – have strongly encouraged vaccination as the best way to prevent serious illness, hospitalization, and death from the virus – but in rural communities, vaccine confidence and demand remain serious and deadly concerns. Data from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention....

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‘If not me, then who else?’ Ensuring rural maternal, obstetric health equity.

After Nikki Greenaway gave birth to her first child in 2011, she knew something was wrong. Caught in the throes of postpartum depression, she sought advice from family and friends but repeatedly had her concerns dismissed – “Oh, it’s just the blues,” they told her. Greenaway has been a board-certified family nurse practitioner since 2012 and is also an international board-certified lactation specialist, but a decade ago no one was talking much about maternal health....

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Big rural health advocacy wins in FY23 appropriations bill.

The FY 2023 appropriations bill was recently released as an omnibus bill. Overall, it includes several victories for rural health, due in part to the significant advocacy efforts of NRHA members at the association's 2022 Policy Institute and beyond. In all, NRHA is pleased with the provisions included in this year-end package. The funding levels for important rural health programs were either increased or maintained, and non-appropriations provisions were in line with NRHA's requests.....

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