Exploring Rural Health Podcast
A monthly podcast focused on current issues in rural healthcare and
population health. Hear from the leaders and experts at the local, state, and national level who are coming
up with solutions to help meet rural communities’ needs.
Listen and subscribe on a variety of platforms at PodBean.
- National Rural Health Day and a Behavioral Health Community Star,
with Tammy Norville and Jason Lillich
Interviews with Tammy Norville, National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) CEO, and
Jason Lillich, Executive Director of Three Rivers Mental Health and Chemical Dependency Center, a 2023
National Rural Health Day Community Star.
Rural Housing, with David Lipsetz
An interview with David Lipsetz, President and CEO of the Housing Assistance Council.
Rural Recovery Housing, with Ernie Fletcher and Erica
An interview with Governor Ernie Fletcher, co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of the Fletcher Group, and
Erica Walker, Outreach and Engagement Specialist for the Fletcher Group.
Meals on Wheels and Rural Communities, with Carter
Florence and Shon Gress
An interview with Carter Florence, DrPH, MPH, Vice President of Programs with Meals on Wheels America, and
Shon Gress, CEO and Executive Director of Meals on Wheels Guernsey County, headquartered in Cambridge, Ohio.
Rural Social Isolation, with Carrie Henning-Smith
An interview with Carrie Henning-Smith, PhD, Deputy Director of the University of Minnesota Rural Health
Rural Healthy People 2030, with Timothy Callaghan and Morgan
An interview with Timothy Callaghan, PhD, an associate professor in the Boston University School of Public
Health, and Morgan Kassabian, who contributed to the Rural Healthy People 2030 project while working with
the Southwest Rural Health Research Center.
Rural Hospitals and the New Rural Emergency Hospital Designation,
with Janice Walters
An interview with Janice Walters, Chief Operating Officer of the Rural Health Redesign Center.
- Telehealth and the Expiration of COVID-19 Public Health
Emergency, with Kathy Wibberly
An interview with Kathy Wibberly, Director of the Mid-Atlantic Telehealth Resource Center
Availability of Behavioral Health Providers and
Services in Rural Areas, with Holly Andrilla
An interview with Holly Andrilla, Deputy Director of the WWAMI Rural Health Research Center.
Health Equity in Rural America, Part 2: The Two Georgias
Initiative, with Lisa Medellin, Arlene Parker Goldson, and Tara Gardner
An interview with Lisa Medellin, Director of Programs for the Healthcare Georgia Foundation (now the Georgia Health Initiative), Arlene Parker
Goldson, health consultant for the Partnership for Southern Equity, and Tara Gardner, project coordinator
for the Two Georgias coalition in Clay County, Georgia.
Health Equity in Rural America, with Alana Knudson,
Luciana Rocha, and Paula Swepson
An interview with Alana Knudson, Director of NORC’s Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, along with
Luciana Rocha, Senior Research Scientist at NORC’s Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, and Paula
Swepson, Executive Director of the West Marion Community Forum Inc.
- Health Insurance in Rural Communities, with Abigail
Barker and Timothy McBride
An interview with Abigail Barker, Research Assistant Professor, Brown School, Washington University in St.
Louis; co-Investigator, Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis and
Timothy McBride, Bernard Becker Professor, Brown School, Washington University in St. Louis;
co-Investigator, Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis.
- Obesity in Rural America, with Jennifer Conner and Jason
An interview with Jennifer Conner, DrPH, an associate professor with the Delta Population Health Institute
at the NYIT College of Osteopathic Medicine at Arkansas State University, and Jason Lofton, MD, a family
physician in De Queen, Arkansas at the Lofton Family Clinic.
- Family Physicians and Maternal Health in Rural
America, with Julie Wood and Zita Magloire
An interview with Julie Wood, MD, senior vice president of research, science and health of the public at the
American Academy of Family Physicians, and Zita Magloire, MD, a practicing family physician in Cairo,
- Obstetricians, Gynecologists, and Maternal Health in
Rural America, with Anne Banfield
An interview with Anne Banfield, MD, physician administrative and clinical director at Women's Health at
Leonardtown in Maryland, and member of the foundation board of the American College of Obstetricians and
- Hospitals and Maternal Health in Rural America,
with John Supplitt, Aisha Syeda, Virginia Uhlenkamp, and Ashleigh Wiederin
An interview with John Supplitt and Aisha Syeda from the American Hospital Association, and Virginia
Uhlenkamp and Ashleigh Wiederin from St. Anthony Regional Hospital in Carroll, Iowa.
- The Impact of Adverse and Positive Childhood Experiences on Rural
Children, with Elizabeth Crouch
An interview with Elizabeth Crouch, PhD, director of the Rural and Minority Health Research Center.
- Palliative Care — More Than Just Hospice, with Karla
Weng and Pat Justis
An interview with Karla Weng, Senior Program Manager for Stratis Health, and Pat Justis, Director of the
Washington State Office of Rural Health.
- Travel Burden for Healthcare among Rural Populations with
Marvellous Akinlotan and Alva Ferdinand
An interview with Alva Ferdinand, DrPH, JD, director of the Southwest Rural Health Research Center, and
Marvellous Akinlotan, PhD, research assistant professor at the SRHRC.
- Partnering for Rural Transportation with
Alisa Druzba and Steve Workman
An interview with Alisa Druzba, director of New Hampshire Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, and
Steve Workman, director of Transport New Hampshire.
Public Transportation’s Role in Rural
Healthcare Access with Carol Wright Kenderdine
An interview with Carol Wright Kenderdine, the director of Easter Seals Transportation Group, and
co-director of the National Aging and Disability Transportation Center.
Insights on Educating the Rural Nursing
Workforce with Jan Probst
An interview with Jan Probst, PhD, Director Emerita at the Rural and Minority Health Research Center.