Rebuilding the Foundation of Rural Health after COVID-19

October 7, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

Filed under COVID-19 for Employers, COVID-19 for the Workforce

Last modified October 8, 2020

In a recent blog post by The Medical Care Blog, writers John Gale, Alana Knudson, and Shena Popat discuss how COVID-19 has exposed the cracks in the foundation of America’s rural community health system. And while these “cracks” are not new, the pandemic has only magnified how deep they really are. One major issue is chronic underfunding, which in turn causes rural public health departments to employ staff with narrower skill sets and fewer epidemiologists than their urban peers. The article continues to examine how to rebuild the rural health system after COVID-19, including a focus on new financing and delivery models, community engagement, local health planning, and regionalization of delivery systems.

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