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Creative community approaches to rural health

Rose Hoban

At Health Journalism 2019 in Baltimore, Rose Hoban, who founded and reports for North Carolina Health News, gave a presentation on rural health care that went way beyond statistics about shortages of doctors and hospital closures (though she, correctly, talked about that too.)

She introduced us to some community collaboratives and national initiatives that are taking fresh approaches to addressing both coverage and larger issues about health and wellbeing, including the socioeconomic factors that shape health and health outcomes.

In this useful and wide-ranging tip sheet, Hoban assembled many resources for AHCJ members who are covering rural health as well as social determinants. She opens by linking to an overview essay that challenges us to think more deeply about the assumptions and habits we bring to the health beat in an age of “intractable conflict.” She includes quite a bit of information about the Healthy Gorge Initiative in the Columbia Gorge region of Oregon, which has drawn national attention and kudos. Their leader presented at the conference.

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