Today, we celebrate National Rural Health Day. National Rural Health Day was created as a way to increase awareness of rural health-related issues, such as accessibility, a lack of healthcare providers, and larger percentages of un- and underinsured citizens.
Here in Kansas, where the Community Tool Box has its roots, more than 820,000 people call rural Kansas home. These small towns, farming communities, and frontier areas are fueled by the creative energy of ordinary citizens who historically have been willing to step forward and take risks in order to provide a wealth of products and resources for the rest of the country.
Did you know?
- Nearly one in five Americans live in rural and frontier areas.
- Rural hospitals are sources of innovation and resourcefulness that reach beyond geographical boundaries to deliver quality care. They are also typically the economic foundation of their communities – every dollar spent on rural hospitals generates about $2.20 for the local economy.
- All 50 states maintain a State Office of Rural Health (SORH). Collectively, SORHs provided technical assistance to more than 28,000 rural communities each year.
Guest post by Sara Roberts, Director of Rural Health at the Kansas Department of Health and Environment