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Cutler Institute researchers publish article on telehealth implementation in rural schools

A team of researchers from the Cutler Institute recently published an article in the Journal of School Health. The article, titled “Implementation of Telehealth Services in Rural Schools: A Qualitative Assessment” explores facilitators and barriers to the implementation of telehealth programs in rural schools. Researchers conducted interviews with 50 key personnel involved in the federal School-Based Telehealth Network Grant Program to identify strategies for the successful implementation of school-based telehealth initiatives.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the promise of telehealth when in-person care is not possible or convenient,” shared lead study author Kimberley Fox. “We hope our findings will help inform the implementation of future school-based telehealth initiatives that aim to address the mental and physical health needs of students, especially in under-resourced rural areas.”

Study authors include Kimberley Fox, Amanda Burgess, George Shaler, Karen Pearson, and Jennifer Mackenzie of the Cutler Institute; Martha Elbaum Williamson, formerly of the Cutler Institute; John Massey, a Graduate Assistant and student at the University of Southern Maine School of Nursing as well as the Muskie School of Public Service’s Master of Public Health program; and Kimberly Merchant, Xi Zhu, and Marcia Ward of the University of Iowa. The research was funded by the Health Services & Resources Administration through the University of Iowa's Rural Telehealth Research Center.