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The Power of Three

June 3, 2019

The Power of Three: Rural Schools, Healthcare Providers, and a Rural Health Association Collaborate to Expand Primary Care Access Using School-Based Telehealth

by Kay Miller Temple, MD - Posted by Rural Health Information Hub on May 29, 2019:

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Healthy Schools, the link is clear: healthy children learn better — and learn more. Acknowledging this link, organizations interested in improving the health of rural schoolchildren must consider not just overcoming the usual rural healthcare access challenges — large geographic footprints, transportation issues, insurance coverage concerns, all nested along with the constant challenge of provider supply — but also working to overcome the challenges a sick student places on rural teachers, school systems, and parents or guardians. Using a grant award from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy’s (FORHP) Office for the Advancement of Telehealth (OAT), the Indiana Rural Health Association (IRHA) is “challenging the challenges” of providing care to rural students by creating the Indiana Rural Schools Clinic Network (IRSCN), a rural network dedicated to making school-based telehealth interventions a reality.

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