Author Archives: Allee Mead

About Allee Mead

Allee Mead is a web writer for the Rural Health Information Hub. She has written on important rural issues, including maternal mortality and farmers’ mental health, and has presented nationally on RHIhub’s opioid resources. Originally from rural North Dakota, she has a master’s degree in English and is currently a doctoral student. Full Biography

Bringing Mental Health Services to Rural Residents

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A new library initiative in Texas and an established crisis line in Georgia are bringing mental health services directly to rural residents through teams of lay mental health workers and mental health professionals.

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May 4, 2022

Parent Partners Provide Mentoring and Support in Rural Iowa

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Parent Partners is a statewide program in Iowa that pairs families whose children have been removed from the home with mentors with shared experience who have successfully navigated the state’s Department of Human Services (DHS) system. These mentors coach, advocate, and connect their clients with community resources.

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March 23, 2022

“It’s the relationships”: Q&A with Peggy Broussard Wheeler

Peggy Broussard Wheeler


Peggy Broussard Wheeler, Vice President of Policy at the California Hospital Association, discusses the challenges that the hospitals in her state and nationwide have faced before and during the COVID-19 pandemic. She also shares rural hospitals’ unique strengths and the importance of collaboration and relationships.

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January 19, 2022

It Takes a Village: Rural Recruitment and Retention

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Healthcare facilities in Kansas and North Dakota and national organizations discuss the challenges of recruiting and retaining healthcare professionals in rural areas and share solutions, including partnering with local schools and businesses as well as other healthcare facilities.

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November 3, 2021

Doulas Provide Support for Maternal and Infant Health in Rural Communities

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Three programs across rural America demonstrate how doulas improve birth outcomes by providing prenatal, labor, and postpartum support. A New Mexico program reaches American Indian, Hispanic, and other populations who lack nearby labor/delivery units; a Minnesota program works with moms experiencing incarceration; and a North Dakota program is training postpartum doulas who will care for families impacted by opioid use disorder and other substance use.

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October 6, 2021

Creating New Rural Residency Programs: Three Grantees Share Their Stories

Internal medicine residents at Baptist Memorial Hospital.


HRSA’s Rural Residency Planning and Development (RRPD) Program supports organizations developing new rural residency programs. Three grantees – St. Luke’s University Health Network in Pennsylvania, Baptist Memorial Hospital in Mississippi, and Sutter Health in California – share what the RRPD grant has allowed them to accomplish so far.

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September 22, 2021

Remote Patient Monitoring Helps Rural Patients Recover at Home

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Essentia Health created the Remote Patient Monitoring program to allow some patients to recover at home while still having access to medical attention. Program launch was accelerated to treat COVID-19 patients, but Essentia plans to continue the program after the pandemic to treat other chronic diseases.

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July 14, 2021

Vaccinating Rural America: Q&A with Dr. Amanda Cohn

Amanda Cohn, MD


Amanda Cohn, MD, Chief Medical Officer on CDC’s COVID-19 Vaccine Task Force, shares how the CDC is providing funding, creating resources, and partnering with other organizations to increase vaccination rates in underserved communities such as rural, tribal, and communities of color.

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May 12, 2021

Broadband in Rural America: Faster Speeds for Home and Healthcare

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Fast, reliable broadband is essential for people to access telehealth and patient portals as well as work and study from home, but rural and tribal areas fall behind urban and suburban areas in terms of broadband deployment and speed. Organizations in Alabama, Colorado, and Kentucky share how broadband affects their work and their patients’ care.

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April 28, 2021