Opportunities and Challenges for Rural Hospitals

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Opportunities and Challenges for Rural Hospitals


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More than 60 rural hospitals closed from January 2010 to January 2016. Health care delivery for rural residents faces a number of obstacles that create unique challenges for rural America. Many policymakers are exploring innovative ways continue to provide essential health care services to rural communities. Join NCSL and state experts for a discussion of policy options, with specific examples from Arizona and Georgia.


  • George H. Pink, Ph.D., deputy director, North Carolina Rural Health Program in the Sheps Center for Health Services; Research and Humana Distinguished Professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management, both at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
  • Daniel Derksen, M.D., director, Arizona Center for Rural Health; professor and chair of the Community, Environment and Policy Department at the University of Arizona Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health
  • Charles Owens, M.S.A., clinical associate professor of health policy and management and director of the Center for Rural Health Practice and Research of the Georgia Southern University