HRSA Spotlights Rural Health Week

A rural health Twitter Chat at 5600 last month reached an estimated 1.2 million people nationwide. Moderating were (left to right) Karolyn Kaelin (OC), Carlos Mena and Natassja Manzanero (FORHP), with BHW's Jay Rosenfelder.
HRSA's rural health Twitter Chat last month reached an estimated 1.2 million people nationwide. Moderating were (left to right) Karolyn Kaelin (OC), Carlos Mena and Natassja Manzanero (FORHP), with BHW's Jay Rosenfelder. HRSA's 200 rural grantees serve some 750,000 people each year -- and 80 percent of local programs succeed in continuing operations after their federal funding expires.

 

HRSA Administrator George Sigounas, MS, Ph.D.

For nearly 40 years, HRSA's Federal Office of Rural Health Policy has been at the forefront in affording telehealth links to patients in remote locations to distant clinicians, virtually anywhere a secure Internet or closed-circuit connection exists, for health care services otherwise many miles and hours away.

As the technology expands, providers are increasingly able to connect in real time with hospitals, schools, community health centers, nursing facilities, homes and hard-to-reach locations.

HRSA Administrator Dr. George Sigounas authored an HHS blog post on National Rural Health Day, where he discusses policy-oriented research on the health challenges of rural communities. Read his blog post.

Date Last Reviewed:  November 2018