Author Archives: Jenn Lukens

About Jenn Lukens

Jenn Lukens is a web writer for the Rural Health Information Hub. She has covered key rural issues, including adverse childhood experiences, tick-borne diseases, and EMS recruitment and retention. With a degree in Communications - Public Relations, Jenn's rural residence and experience working in a Critical Access Hospital fuels her understanding of rural health concerns. Full Biography

Rising from the Ashes: How Trauma-Informed Care Nurtures Healing in Rural America

Dr. Bird Gilmartin with a patient


Wildfires. Child abuse. Sexual assault. The negative and ongoing effects of these experiences are the reason communities and medical providers are using an approach called trauma-informed care. This article features ways trauma is understood and treated in a rural community, a Wyoming pediatrician’s clinic, and for nurses providing assault exams.

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April 17, 2019

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