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The Rural Monitor
Articles by Author: Zachary Toliver

Building Rural Environments for Active Living

July 27, 2016
Built environments significantly influence community health and individual behaviors of physical activity. Rural communities may face infrastructure barriers to active living, but a little innovation can get an entire town moving.

The Opioid Epidemic: Rural Organizations Fight Back

June 13, 2016
The initial shock of the opioid epidemic is settling, and rural communities have identified several avenues to combat opioid addiction. Rural organizations are implementing innovative solutions to shrink the number of opioid overdoses, and many are finding that great success requires teamwork.

LGBTQ Healthcare: Building Inclusive Rural Practices

May 4, 2016
Like all rural residents, LGBTQ individuals need access to quality healthcare from an engaged provider. But sometimes, providers lack the specific training and cultural know-how to address the healthcare needs of LGBTQ patients. This article discusses the barriers rural LGBTQ people face and what providers can do to ensure quality care.

An Interview with Scott Ekblad

January 6, 2016
The Director of the Oregon Office of Rural Health shares his state's strategies to address common rural health issues and also newer epidemics such as opiate abuse.