A Country Crisis

In 2015, U.S. Representative Sam Graves of Missouri introduced The Save the Rural Hospitals Act to stem hospital closures and provide an innovative emergency care model for patients in need. The bipartisan bill (H.R. 2957), reintroduced in 2017, endeavors to...
Over 10,000 Americans turn 65 years old each day, and 1 in 4 of these seniors live in rural areas and small towns. Along with the many challenges that come with growing older, social isolation is a public health issue,...
In a ruling with national implications, a federal judge has set aside two 1115 waivers that allowed states to impose work requirements on able-bodied Medicaid recipients as a condition of coverage. On March 27, 2019, U.S. District Judge James...
By the time you read this, I hope to have completed my first 44 hours, maybe more, toward a certificate as a Personal and Executive Coach. What is that, you may wonder? It’s an emergent field of potential development that...
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Just after midnight on July first, the Winnebago Tribal Council hoisted their tribal flag over the lone, 13-bed hospital in Winnebago, Nebraska. That made it official. The hospital was under new management. Until that moment, the facility was called the...
Health Education is an incredibly flexible profession. It has an innate ability to deeply influence many different arenas that affect the human experience, thus creating long-lasting, positive impacts in our communities and on the people who live in them....
In the wake of the November mid-term election, more states will be expanding Medicaid, the government’s largest health insurance program, and rural Americans are poised to be big beneficiaries, researchers say. The federal government and states jointly fund Medicaid...
Rural Alabama has among the highest rates of uninsured low-income adult citizens in the country, according to a report by Georgetown University’s Center for Children and Families and the University of North Carolina’s NC Rural Health Research Program. Rural Alabamans...
Lee Whitton is somewhat unique among his peers at Morehouse School of Medicine. A white male raised in a small town near Chattanooga, Tennessee -- and a third-year medical student at the Atlanta school, which has a predominantly black...
When it comes to rural health, it comes as no surprise that many challenges still abound. The negatives such as high mortality rates, lack of services and/or distance to resources, aging populations and youth flight to the cities tend...
If I were to write about all the impressions that filled my mind or of the interesting people I met or of all the strange situations I encountered around Shiprock; it easily could fill a book. In the editorial...
Stan Brock, founder of the Knoxville-based Remote Area Medical (RAM) organization, died on August 29 in Rockford, Tennessee at the age of 82. RAM clinics provide free health care services to people who live in rural areas where such services...
The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board has approved Sam Houston State University’s doctorate in osteopathic medicine, bringing the university one step closer to helping millions living in rural and underserved areas of East Texas. The proposal will now go before...