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Rural Health Care

Challenges and Opportunities in Addressing  Health Care Inequities

Closing hospitals. Patients forced to drive hours to see specialists. Too many people uninsured or underinsured.

People living in rural areas have many challenges to accessing quality, affordable health care. But the situation is not hopeless. There are patients, advocates and providers who are developing innovative, effective approaches to improving health care in their communities.

We are here to shine a light on these projects and the passion that drives them. 

We recognize that “rural” encompasses a wide diversity of people who share many of the same problems but also bring distinct cultural perspectives to their health care experiences.

We welcome your comments and contributions to this effort.

Advocates in Action

The NPAF Podcast

A podcast amplifying the powerful stories of individuals and the collective needs of various communities across the country.

Agents of Change in Rural Health Care Docuseries

Promises to Keep

Freddie White-Johnson grew up in rural Mississippi and still lives there. At age 17, she promised her father who was dying of cancer that she would get an education and “help the people,” and she has done that all her life. She founded the Fannie Lou Hamer Foundation to raise awareness of cancer and is working to fund and build a much-needed cancer center for her community.

A Messenger for Hope

Alma McCormick is a member of the Crow Nation, living in Montana. Years ago, after losing her baby daughter to a rare cancer she vowed to do what she could to make sure other people didn’t suffer as she had. She works with Crow people to raise awareness of cancer and improve access to health care. In the Covid era, she has taken a leading role in bringing awareness and promoting public health for her community.

Eating Healthy in the North Country

Chad Proulx lives in Northern New Hampshire. He is a dietician who works closely with his community to teach people what it means to eat healthy food, how affordable healthy eating can be and how to cook these good foods for themselves. Chad can be found as Mr. Carrot in local schools, doing cooking classes and working with individuals eat better.

Rural Health Care: Challenges and Opportunities in Addressing Health Care Inequities