Rural Health Resources

For more information on this course, please contact Margot Malachowski at margot.malachowski@umassmed.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 session will describe hallmarks of rural America, identifying access challenges of living in rural communities and equipping 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 and the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation.

This course includes a 1-hour webinar and a take-home assignment. Upon completion of the assignment, participants are eligible for 2 continuing education credits from the Medical Library Association.

Course URL: https://nnlm.gov/training/class/rural-health-resources-0

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe the current demographic trends in rural America.
  2. Find information for health conditions, demographic groups and social issues.
  3. Identify methods of discovering potential community partners.

Agenda: 

  • 10 min. Welcome and course introduction
  • 10 min. Health disparities in rural America (Q & A)
  • 10 min. Access challenges--health care, insurance, internet
  • 10 min. Health information tools (poll)
  • 10 min. Potential community partners (Q & A) 
  • 10 min. Go over assignment and instructions for receiving credit

MLA CE Credits: 1

Illinois CNE: 1