The Healthier Washington Rural Health Innovation Accelerator Committee (RHIAC) has released their rural health assessment, A New Vision for Rural Health in Washington.
According to the report, residents in rural areas are more likely to be food insecure, become obese, get diabetes, and be uninsured. They likely have less access to homecare, hospice services, and care providers. They are more likely to cost the health care system more than their urban counterparts.
In order to support rural health transformation, the RHIAC recommends two main areas of focus, supporting the creation of public-private partnerships and working with technologists.