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Rebuilding the Foundation of Rural Community Health after COVID-19

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John Gale, Senior Research Associate in the Maine Rural Health Research Center, published an article with colleagues from the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Policy Analysis in the September 24, 2020 issue of the Medical Care journal’s blog. The authors discuss the rural community health system and how COVID-19 has exposed the cracks in its foundation. These cracks include increased risk of facility closures, loss of services, low investment in public health, maldistribution of health professionals, and payment policies ill-suited to low-volume rural providers. As a result, short-term relief to stabilize rural health systems and long-term strategies to rebuild their foundations are necessary. The authors discuss four policy cornerstones on which to rebuild the rural health system: payment and delivery system reform, community engagement, local health planning, and regionalization, positing them as the base for strong and vibrant health systems serving rural America.

For more information, contact John Gale, john.gale@maine.edu.
Citation: Gale, J., Knudson, A., & Popat, S. (September 24, 2020). Rebuilding the Foundation of Rural Community Health after COVID-19. Medical Care Blog.