Topics: Access

The Power of Three: Rural Schools, Healthcare Providers, and a Rural Health Association Collaborate to Expand Primary Care Access Using School-Based Telehealth

student ear exam via telehealth


The Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA) is using federal funding to support a project that, to date, has linked 18 rural schools with 10 local provider organizations, delivering school-based telehealth to hundreds of the state’s rural students. “Virtual telehealth librarians” from another federally-funded IRHA project, provided technical assistance.

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May 29, 2019

Eye Health Needs: Preserving the Eyesight of Rural and Underserved Populations

child getting eye exam, image source: National Eye Institute


Rural Americans of all ages often go without eye healthcare, a gap that has obvious consequences: blindness and low vision. National associations and an FQHC administrator talk about how rural vision care can be improved to increase quality of life and prevent disability in rural patients.

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January 9, 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

Strengthening the Workforce to Improve Pregnancy Outcomes in Rural Areas

Dr. John Cullen, holding two babies he delivered


Obstetric services were available in 205 fewer rural hospitals in 2014 than in 2004. Realizing the importance of maternity and childbirth services, a CAH in Alaska works to keep its providers’ skills sharp and a rural OB-GYN residency program in Wisconsin is beginning to train a new generation of physicians.

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July 11, 2018