NYSARH board members have participated in national events including the Rural Health Policy Institute in Washington, DC, in February, the annual Rural Health Conference in May in
Minneapolis and the Rural Quality & Clinical Conference in July, in Oakland. NYSARH members also gathered in Albany in March to advocate on behalf of rural health with members of the NYS legislature.
Two themes emerged as priorities this year, telehealth and health disparities. NYSARH is pleased to partner with the TeleHealth Learning Collaborative, the New York State TeleHealth Partnership and our members who are successfully using TeleHealth applications to improve both patient access to care and the quality of care provided by rural practitioners.
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality released a report showing that people living in rural areas have higher rates of morbidity and mortality than our urban counterparts. NYSARH members are participating in an alphabet soup of initiatives designed to improve access to and the quality of rural healthcare. We are going beyond healthcare. NYSARH members are at the forefront addressing education, lifestyle, wellness and social disparities that contribute to poor health outcomes.