Available Until 8/31/2025

Rural Health Resources*

For more information on this course, or to schedule, please contact NNLM Training Office at nto@utah.edu.

Evidence shows that there are marked health disparities between those living in rural areas versus their urban counterparts. Not only do rural residents suffer from higher incidence of chronic illness, they also have limited access to primary care services and are more likely to be uninsured or under-insured. This webinar will describe hallmarks of rural America, identify access challenges of living in rural communities, and equip participants with tools to service the health information needs of those living in rural communities. We will explore websites from the National Library of Medicine, U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service, Rural Health Information Hub. The origins of each website will be explained. Each of the websites contain consumer-level information and offers an opportunity for data downloads. The downloads will be demonstrated.

Course URL: https://nnlm.gov/training/class-catalog/rural-health-resources

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe current demographic trends in rural America.
  2. Download data sets and visualizations from rural health resources.
  3. Find information on health conditions, demographic groups and social issues.


  • 5 min.  Welcome and course introduction
  • 5 min.  What impacts rural health (poll)
  • 10 min. U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service
  • 10 min. Rural Health Information Hub
  • 5 min.   Robert Wood Johnson Foundation 
  • 5 min.   What health information needs to you encounter (poll)
  • 10 min. National Library of Medicine
  • 10 min. Potential community partners (Q & A)

MLA CE Credits: 1

Illinois CNE: 1