Rural Communities Help Themselves

Saddled with chronic health workforce shortages, widespread substance misuse and high HIV transmission rates, rural care networks – often staffed by volunteers and peer counselors – increasingly are the backbone of care delivery in small town America, HRSA Administrator Tom Engels told some 500 conference attendees at the Rockville Hilton last month.

The audience consisted of participants in three outreach programs run by HRSA’s Federal Office of Rural Health Policy. The programs have infused some $29 million in seed money into remote pockets of the country to help advocates and providers form local healthcare partnerships.

Read about the Rural Partnership Development Meeting.