Rural Global Health and the COVID-19 Pandemic

In these trying times of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s important to remember that we’re part of a global community of rural health professionals all fighting this virus together. The National Rural Health Association (NRHA) and its Global Health Committee offer this perspective of opinion from the Australian National Rural Health Commissioner and Editor-in-Chief of Rural and Remote Health, Dr. Paul Worley. He provides insight into our collective efforts towards building rural community health infrastructure in the wake of pandemic. Dr. Worley describes four levels of integration with expected outcomes that are required so that rural systems of care can operate most effectively. Amazingly, these levels of integration and hopeful outcomes are consistent with NRHA’s approach in its advocacy, education, and research. Let’s work together across the globe to make this a reality for all rural communities.