Available Until 8/31/2026

Rural Health Resources*

For more information or to schedule this course, please contact the 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, but 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, and the Rural Health Information Hub, with a focus on Ohio content. Each website consumer and professional-level information, and offer opportunities for data downloads. These resources are relevant to librarians, nurses, public health workers, allied healthcare professionals, educators, and students.  

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

Learning Objectives:

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


:00-05  WELCOME: Title; Instructor introduction; Housekeeping; NIH/NLM/NNLM; Class materials; Objectives; Agenda

:05-07  ACTIVITY: In your experience, in your line of work, what impacts health in rural communities?

:07-17   Describe the current demographic trends in rural America: Define “rural;” Rural America at a glance; Rural demographics; Rural health vulnerability; Hospital closures


(ACTIVITY: Attendees will be engaged by asking them to provide zip codes, conditions, and social issues to search during demos)              

Download data sets and visualizations from rural health resources

  • Economic Research Service
  • Rural Health Information Hub
  • County Health Rankings and Roadmaps

Find Information on health conditions for demographic groups/social issues

  • MedlinePlus for patients and caregivers
  • NNLM Community Guide to Advance Health Information Equity



MLA CE Credits: 1

Illinois CNE: 1