There is a fundamental difference in the structure and context of health care in rural versus urban communities. While not monolithic, rural communities generally face similar challenges, such as limited access to health care services, workforce shortages, lack of transportation infrastructure, and geographic isolation.
Rural communities provide an interesting opportunity for innovation and research in health care, as many evidence-based practices do not translate to the rural context. GHPC has developed a rural health module intended for policymakers, researchers, and public and private funders. This hands-on learning opportunity is designed to promote rural-relevant research, policies, and programs. Specific objectives include:
- Building a shared understanding of the rural landscape in health
- Defining the key challenges and opportunities for conducting health research, policy, and program development in rural communities
- Identifying the resources needed to support new efforts and initiatives in the rural context.