Rural Nebraska communities are wonderful places to live and work, which is why so many Nebraskans call them home. Those same communities also have unique health care needs and the challenges of providing health care in rural Nebraska are becoming increasingly more difficult. Despite these difficulties, there is a “can do” spirit that prevails in Nebraska. Rural communities are sparking their own change-citing cooperation, social cohesion and “community spirit” as assets in innovative approaches to improving health and well-being.

The Goal

Awareness, engagement, education

bringing awareness to the challenges rural communities face

Recent changes in the rural health care system have magnified some of the traditional challenges and created new ones. Meeting the unique health care needs of rural Nebraskans is constantly evolving, as rural communities face accessibility issues, a lack of health care providers, declining operating margins for our rural hospitals, an aging population suffering from a greater number of chronic conditions and larger percentages of uninsured and underinsured citizens.

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The Importance of Rural

More than 75% of Nebraska’s 71 rural hospitals run on medicare or medicaid dollars. Access to services such as emergency care and mental health is extremely limited for most of the state. As hospitals and nursing homes continue to close, it is the perfect time to shed light on these mounting issues and empower communities to take action.

Successes

Stories from across the state

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