MARIA COUTANT-SKINNER AND DR. MORTON GLASSER ARE RECOGNIZED AS “COMMUNITY STARS” ON NATIONAL RURAL HEALTH DAY
Torrington/Willimantic, CT – In rural communities across America, health professionals are dedicated to providing high quality innovative health care. As a way to honor rural providers and the generous community-minded spirit of rural America, the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) and the fifty State Offices of Rural Health (SORHs) will join forces with partners, and stakeholders to celebrate The 5th Annual National Rural Health Day on Thursday, November 19, 2015.
“National Rural Health Day is the one day each year we take time to focus on the power of rural communities to innovate and provide the care needed to the millions of people who call rural America home.” said Teryl Eisinger, NOSORH Executive Director. Hospitals, clinics and EMS providers not only provide quality, accessible care to residents and visitors but they are major contributors to the economic foundation to support the vitality of those rural and frontier communities. National Rural Health Day raises awareness nationwide that ensuring rural communities have prompt access to quality health care is critical to their residents’ well-being.
“The stories show the dedication, the collaboration and the spirit that is making a difference in the lives of rural people every day. They will make great stories for statewide and local news media outlets,” says Teryl Eisinger, NOSORH Executive Director.
About National Rural Health Day
National Rural Health Day was created in 2011 by the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH). Its goal is to increase awareness of rural communities, their health care needs and to recognize those rural leaders, like Maria Coutant-Skinner and Dr. Morton Glasser who are working to improve the health and wellbeing of people living in America’s rural communities. As part of this observance, State Offices of Rural Health celebrate the day in their own way, offering programs such as health screenings and open houses or legislative or policy initiatives. The overarching theme of National Rural Health Day, “Celebrating the Power of Rural,” gives a voice to all those dedicated to caring for our country’s often overlooked, underserved rural areas and shines the spotlight on programs and people making a difference in rural health.
“National Rural Health Day is an opportunity to celebrate ‘The Power of Rural,’ by honoring the selfless, community-minded, ‘can do’ spirit that prevails in rural America,” said NOSORH Executive Director Teryl Eisinger. “The day also gives us a chance to bring to light the unique healthcare challenges that rural citizens face – and showcase the efforts of rural healthcare providers, State Offices of Rural Health and other rural stakeholders to address those challenges.”
NOSORH is a national nonprofit membership organization that represents the 50 State Offices of Rural Health around the nation. The State Office of Rural Health federal program began 25 years ago. All 50 states maintain a State Office of Rural Health, each sharing a similar mission. In the past year alone, State Offices of Rural Health collectively provided technical assistance to more than 28,000 rural communities.
About Rural Health
Rural health professionals, hospitals and clinics are dedicated to delivering high quality and innovative care to underserved Americans. State Offices of Rural Health are expert conveners of rural stakeholders and provide technical assistance to improve health information technology and serve as conduits of information to rural communities and providers on key rural health issues. State Offices of Rural Health, rural healthcare providers and community leaders continually foster partnerships that improve the health status of people who live in the communities they serve. Federally Qualified Health Centers, Critical Access Hospitals and other health providers in rural areas work with their communities to create healthcare delivery systems designed specifically for local residents.
A few additional facts:
- Hospitals are the economic foundation of many rural communities. The 1,330 Critical Access Hospital provide essential health care to rural communities across 45 states and bring and average of 204 jobs to the local economy.
- Rural doesn’t necessarily mean “remote.” Through growing telehealth and electronic health records initiatives, rural health professionals are able to coordinate care, stay connected with each other and with urban tertiary care centers.
- Emergency medical services are mostly volunteer dependent, but are vital in rural America where 20 percent of the nation’s population lives and nearly 60 percent of all trauma deaths occur.
- New models for community health workers, community paramedics and oral health professionals have been incubated in rural America as models throughout health systems.