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Health Affairs Event: Health and Health Care in Rural America

  • Wednesday, December 4, 9:00 am - 1:00 pm Eastern
  • National Press Club - 529 14th Street NW, Washington DC (Metro Center)
  • Registration Now Open

Debbie Boylan
Phone: 301-347-3910

Now Open

The December 2019 issue of Health Affairs explores various dimensions of health and health care in rural America. Authors examine the health care needs of people living in rural areas, investigate inequities in the availability, accessibility, and financing of care, and identify policies, financing mechanisms, and practices that can improve the health and well-being of rural Americans. Join us for a forum during which authors will present their work and participate in a robust discussion:

  • David Anderson, Research Associate, Health Policy Evidence Hub, Margolis Center for Health Policy, Duke University, on "Rural-Urban Differences In Individual Market Health Plan Affordability After Subsidy Payment Cuts"
  • Abigail Barker, Research Assistant Professor, Washington University in St. Louis, and Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis at the Rural Policy Research Institute, University of Iowa, on "Effect Of Population Size On Rural Health Insurance Premiums In The Federal Employees Health Benefits Program"
  • Michael Lawrence Barnett, Assistant Professor of Health Policy and Management, Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, on "Adoption of Buprenorphine Waivers by Advanced Practice Providers Highest in Rural Areas with Expanded Scope of Practice"
  • Kevin Bennett, Associate Professor, Director of the Research Center for Transforming Healthcare, and Director of the South Carolina Center for Rural & Primary Healthcare, University of South Carolina School of Medicine, on "What is Rural, Anyway?"
  • Hayley Germack, Assistant Professor, Acute & Tertiary Care, University of Pittsburgh School of Nursing, on "When Rural Hospitals Close, the Physician Workforce Goes"
  • Carrie Henning-Smith, Assistant Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, on "Rural Counties With Majority Black Or Indigenous Populations Suffer Highest Rates Of Premature Death"
  • Kenton Johnston, Assistant Professor, Health Management and Policy, College for Public Health and Social Justice, St. Louis University, on "Why Do Rural Medicare Beneficiaries Have Higher Rates of Preventable Hospitalization and Mortality?"
  • James Kirby, Senior Researcher, Center for Financing, Access, and Cost Trends, Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, on "Rural Residents With Mental Health Needs Have Fewer Care Visits Than Urban Counterparts"
  • Katy Backes Kozhimannil, Associate Professor, Division of Health Policy and Management, University of Minnesota School of Public Health, on "Rural-Urban Differences In Severe Maternal Morbidity And Mortality In The US, 2007-15"
  • Leighton Ku, Professor, Department of Health Policy and Management, Milken Institute School of Public Health, George Washington University, on "Enhancing Staffing In Rural Community Health Centers Can Help Improve Behavioral Health Care"
  • Claire O'Hanlon, Advanced Fellow in Health Services Research, Veterans Affairs Center for the Study of Healthcare Innovation, Implementation & Policy and Adjunct Policy Researcher, RAND Corporation, on "Access, Quality, And Financial Performance Of Rural Hospitals Following Health System Affiliation"
  • Scott G. Phillips, Editor-in-Chief, Rural Health Quarterly, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center, on "Higher US Rural Mortality Rates Linked To Socioeconomic Status, Physician Shortages, And Lack Of Health Insurance"
  • Janice Probst, Distinguished Professor Emerita, Rural and Minority Health Research Center, Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, on "Structural Urbanism Contributes To Poorer Health Outcomes For Rural America" and "Declines In Pediatric Mortality Fall Short For Rural Children"
  • Scott Shipman, Director of Clinical Innovations; Director of Primary Care Initiatives, Association of American Medical Colleges, on "The Decline In Rural Medical Students: A Growing Gap In Geographic Diversity Threatens The Rural Physician Workforce"
  • Sirin Yaemsiri, Senior Statistician, U.S. Government Accountability Office, on "Healthy People 2020: Rural Areas Lag In Achieving Targets For Major Causes Of Death"

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Health Affairs thanks the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Colorado Health Foundation, the Episcopal Health Foundation, the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, Con Alma Health Foundation, Empire Health Foundation, The John A. Hartford Foundation, the California Health Care Foundation, and St. Davidís Foundation for their financial support of this issue and briefing.