The Rural Health Care Transportation Dilemma
- Author: A Conrick
- Date: July 10, 2018
It is no surprise that mobility barriers vary greatly by geographic location. Communities in rural and urban areas face different…
Rural health faces unique barriers, especially when it comes to accessing adequate care that can at times be a matter of life and death. Transforming rural health requires creative, placed-based solutions and a commitment to creating local partnerships and leadership.
November 15th is National Rural Health Day (NRHD). Started in 2010 by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH), NRHD is a way to applaud ongoing efforts, contributions, and collaborations occurring in rural communities to address the unique challenges in accessing and delivering health care services.
A key focus of NRHD is to highlight the #powerofrural through the use of strategic alignments with community partners to optimize collective contributions and create common objectives to improve health. Mobility managers are critical to these solutions as it would be useless to discuss the transformation of a health care system without discussing how people will travel to receive care. NOSORH calls out four ways that communities can engage with one another to reach these goals. These calls to action should also be a part of every rural mobility manager’s toolkit when looking to partner with health care and other community stakeholders.
While these calls to action are nothing groundbreaking, they serve as important reminders about the work we can do each day to create new partnerships and work together towards improving our communities.
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