Topics: Clinics

Rural Health Clinic Program at 45 Years: Created for Access and Still Delivering Care

front entrance of a Rural Health Clinic


After a 1965 public law created the Medicare and Medicaid programs, many rural residents insured by these government health programs were unable to access care. This challenge was remedied by another public law: the Rural Health Clinic Services Act of 1977. Using a historical framework, rural health policy experts, researchers, and clinicians reviewed the Act’s impact on outpatient healthcare delivery in rural America.

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October 26, 2022

A Career of Influencing Rural Healthcare Delivery: Bill Finerfrock and the NARHC Origin Story

Bill Finerfrock.


Over 5,200 rural organizations participate in the Rural Health Clinics program, a reimbursement model dedicated to rural low-volume healthcare delivery and now in its 45th year. The National Association of Rural Health Clinics — in its 30th year — is a membership organization that emerged as the program increased its participants. Bill Finerfrock, association cofounder and its recently retired executive director, shared the group’s origin story as well as touchpoints from his own career.

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October 26, 2022

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

Rural Registered Nurses: Stories of Caring for Their Communities

composite photo of five rural nurses


Nurses are an integral part of the rural healthcare workforce. Registered nurses from across the country share their stories about their path to nursing, their accomplishments, and how they provide healthcare in their rural communities.

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November 10, 2020

Advance Care Planning: New Realities in Times of COVID-19

ICU patient


Advance care planning — planning for decision-making in times of medical crisis — has always been intended for all people, all ages, with or without a chronic disease. Clinicians talk about the challenges of these conversations now that COVID-19 has nudged planning from the realm of the theoretical future to current reality.

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July 15, 2020

Bringing Law and Medicine Together to Help Rural Patients

Attorney Catherine Schultz and Dr. Jeff Martin


Much of a person’s health is determined by social and environmental factors such as housing or access to healthcare. When these factors negatively affect a person’s health, legal intervention combined with medical care may be the best treatment.

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October 19, 2016

An Interview with Darrold Bertsch

Darrold Bertsch


The shared CEO of both a North Dakota Critical Access Hospital and a Federally Qualified Health Center discusses how these two essential safety net providers work together to meet the healthcare needs of their rural region.

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September 2, 2015