Virginia Rural Health Association

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Virginia Rural Health Association

  1. 1. Rural Health In Virginia<br />Beth O’Connor, M. Ed.<br />
  2. 2. Non-profit<br />Individuals & organizations across Virginia<br />Care about improving the health of Virginia&apos;s rural residents<br />Provide information, education and advocacy<br />Affiliate of NRHA<br />Who is VRHA?<br />
  3. 3. Unequal distribution of basic systems<br />Problems other than long distances & low population density<br />Rural Health in Virginia<br />
  4. 4. Rural solutions for rural areas<br />IOM: initiatives have not been applicable to rural settings<br />VRHA is collaborating with VDH on Virginia’s Rural Health Plan<br />3-5 year strategic plan designed to strengthen the health care infrastructure in rural areas <br />So What Do We Do?<br />
  5. 5. 4 Councils: Data, Quality, Workforce, Access<br />Access sub-groups: Primary care, EMS, Oral health, OB/GYN, Behavioral health<br />Councils serve as the lead advisors in Virginia on rural health issues <br />Create rural health pilot projects<br />Implement the various recommendations <br />
  6. 6. Identify models of care and best practices from other rural areas around the nation <br />Update Virginia’s statewide oral health plan.<br />Research school‐based health care models in rural areas.<br />And many more: www.va-srhp.org<br />What Recommendations?<br />
  7. 7. Visit the website<br />Support the plan<br />Adopt a recommendation<br />How Can You Be Involved?<br />
  8. 8. Beth O’Connor, Executive Director<br />540-231-7923<br />boconnor@vcom.vt.edu<br />www.vrha.org<br />

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