Changing the Narrative — Rural Healthcare Opportunities and the Role of Emerging Leaders

University of Iowa Student Association for Rural Health members Hallie Vonk, Jenah McCarty, and Johanna Knutson visit with a state legislator during Public Health Day on the Hill at the Iowa State Capitol in February 2023.


While rural healthcare faces many challenges, it also possesses strengths and potential, such as its leadership. The NRHA’s Rural Health CEO Certification Program and Rural Health Fellows works to strengthen current leaders’ skills, while the University of Iowa’s and the University of South Carolina’s Master of Health Administration programs, NRHA’s Student Constituency Group, and the Oregon Rural Practice-based Research Network help shape future leaders.

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June 7, 2023

Better Together: Rural Hospital High-Value Networks

many hands joined together in the shape of a heart


Three rural healthcare experts discuss how rural hospital high-value networks can create economies of scale and value-based care capacity in order to enter into value-based payment contracts.

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April 19, 2023

Rural Mental Health’s Stressors, Barriers, and Protective Factors: Q&A with Dr. Dawn Morales

Dawn Morales


As Program Chief of the Office of Rural Mental Health Research, Dawn Morales, PhD, discusses recent stressors such as the financial impact of natural disasters on farmers and ranchers as well as the loss of revered elders in indigenous communities due to COVID-19. She also stresses the importance of cultural competency in mental healthcare and rural-specific protective factors.

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April 5, 2023

Perspectives on the Long of COVID: From Doomscrolling to Rural Management Strategies

set of dominoes labeled with Long COVID


In the wake of acute COVID-19 comes another public health concern: Millions of rural Americans are experiencing Long COVID. With a federal agency representative weighing in on rural research efforts, a Tennessee rural health researcher shares his Long COVID story alongside a New York rural healthcare system who shares their story about the condition’s management options.

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March 8, 2023

A Rural Therapist and School Program Address Teen Mental Health

Carey Meyer (left) and Rebecca Schoenike, adult advisors for Clintonville High School’s Sources of Strength program.


Rural teens face a higher prevalence of behavior problems, anxiety, and suicide rates than their urban peers, but there are fewer behavioral health providers in rural areas to help these teens. A trauma therapist in rural West Virginia and a school program in rural Wisconsin incorporate teenagers’ strengths and interests and connect them with trusted adults in order to improve their mental health.

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January 25, 2023