Author Archives: Jenn Lukens

About Jenn Lukens

Jenn Lukens has been a Web Writer for the Rural Health Information Hub since 2015, writing on topics that include health networks, maternal and child health, healthy lifestyles, and more. Full Biography

Taking Flight: Charity Airplane Services Transport Patients to Medical Care

Veterans Airlift Command airplane


For many rural Americans, distance to a specialty healthcare center hundreds of miles away makes for a long, uncomfortable, and expensive trip. In the past several decades, dozens of charitable flight services have cropped up to transport rural veterans, cancer patients, the chronically ill, and even abused children to treatment.

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December 12, 2018

Responding to the HIV Crisis in Scott County, Indiana: Q&A with Dr. William Cooke

Dr. William Cooke


Scott County, Indiana, has been in the national spotlight since experiencing the largest HIV outbreak in rural America’s recent history. The town’s only physician at the time, Dr. William Cooke, took action to bring healing and hope to his community of Austin and the surrounding county. In this Q&A, he shares the motivation behind his compassionate approach to care.

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November 28, 2018

Together We Can Be Bully Free: CAH and Law Enforcement Address Peer Victimization through School-Based Program

Students listen to a Together We Can Be Bully Free presentation in Farmerville, Louisiana.


The connection between bullying and youth suicide in rural Union Parish, Louisiana, led a Critical Access Hospital to create an anti-bullying program. Together with local law enforcement, they teach students in elementary through high school the negative effects of peer victimization and how to model positive social behavior.

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July 25, 2018

Rural Post-Acute Care: Improving Transitions to Enhance Patient Recovery

LRHC Hospital Huddle


Post-acute care (PAC) services available locally can make fully recovering from a serious illness or injury faster and easier, setting the patient and provider up for the best possible outcome. This article looks at how a tertiary facility’s communication with skilled nursing facilities, a Critical Access Hospital’s swing bed program, and a home health agency are improving patient transitions from acute care to PAC.

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May 2, 2018

Recruitment and Retention: Overcoming the Rural EMS Dilemma

Humboldt’s EMS wreck extrication team rescues a driver from a motor vehicle collision.


Limited funding, expanding coverage areas, and a cultural shift in volunteerism across generations has motivated EMS leaders to find new recruitment methods that attract more personnel and keep them as long as possible.

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February 7, 2018

Confronting Adverse Childhood Experiences to Improve Rural Kids’ Lifelong Health

Buncombe County classroom "Calm Spot"


Studies show that the more adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) one has, the higher the risk of chronic health conditions, anxiety disorders, low life potential, and even early death. A sense of urgency for early intervention spurred one western North Carolina school district and a Native American tribe in Wisconsin to act. Read more about how their programs confront ACEs and build resiliency to overcome them.

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September 20, 2017