NRHA applauds creation of White House Rural Council, pleased rural health is priority

Today, the Obama Administration established the first White House Rural Council and named access to affordable health care among the council’s top priorities.
NRHA is pleased the White House is focused on improving the lives of the 62 million Americans who call rural home.
U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will chair the new advisory team working toward bettering the economic outlook and quality of life for rural residents.
The council will make recommendations for investment in rural areas and will coordinate federal engagement with a variety of rural stakeholders, including organizations, small businesses and state, local and tribal governments.
The White House has asked the council to begin its work by focusing on these 10 factors for growth, many of which impact rural health:
Health care: Improve access to quality health care through expansion of health technology systems
Jobs: Improve job training and workforce development in rural America
Agriculture: Expand markets for agriculture, including regional food systems and exports
Access to credit: Increase opportunity by expanding access to capital in rural communities and fostering local investment
Innovation: Promote the expansion of biofuels production capacity and community based renewable energy projects
Networks: Develop high-growth regional economies by capitalizing on inherent regional strengths
Education: Increase post-secondary enrollment rates and completion for rural students
Broadband: Support the president’s plan to increase broadband opportunities in rural America
Infrastructure: Coordinate investment in critical infrastructure
Ecosystem markets: Expanding opportunities for conservation, outdoor opportunities and economic growth on working lands and public lands

6 thoughts on “NRHA applauds creation of White House Rural Council, pleased rural health is priority

  1. Liz Zimmerman

    This is amazing and I am glad that the WH has made rural health a priority. It’s about time…

    1. Tom Seekins

      Have they established a program or working group with any contacts or a web site of their own? When might this be up and running?

  2. Dr. Bettye Sue Hennington

    Institutions of Higher Learning will be highly involved in the education and training of future healthcare providers for rural areas. Many of us already have programs based in rural areas. What would be the first step for IHLs under this new Council?

    Are Council members reading this blog?

  3. Ginger Russell

    This is scary. Just more government intrusion into our lives. It is all a part of the United Nations “Agenda 21″ and the “Hoax of Sustainable Development”

    Wake up America to all these fuzzy terms that this regime uses in guise of caring about the human race. They are more concerned with population control and the environment.

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