A news article on the RTT Collaborative, a national nonprofit that develops and preserves health professions education programs in rural regions, and the impact it may be having through its graduates.
There is a gap in rural America’s healthcare. About 20% of the country’s population lives in a rural area. However, only 9% of the nation’s physicians practice in rural communities.
There is no clear solution to the health services deserts across the country, including tribal homelands. While some may turn to legislation for fixes, such as the Save Rural Hospitals Act first introduced in 2015 and again in 2017, or increased federal funding — the National Institutes of Health, for example, awarded over $749 million to rural states in 2017 — the answer might be closer to home for many low population and farm communities: students from local higher education institutions......