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VRHA Launches Podcast

Our colleagues over at the Virginia Rural Health Association have launched a podcast, The Rural Health Voice.

Sponsored by the Virginia State Office of Rural Health and underwritten by the National Rural Health Association, the podcast discusses rural health issues at the grassroots level and how state and federal policies play out in our local communities. Here are the current episodes available:

Launch Episode: VRHA President Summer Sage and Executive Director Beth O’Connor discuss the development of The Rural Health Voice and the need for people from all sectors to be involved in health issues at the local level.

Episode 1: Wendy Welch, PhD, author of Fall or Fly discusses the opioid crisis and how it has affected the foster care system in Appalachia.

Episode 2Tyler Lee of Carilion Franklin Memorial Hospital describes how the Emergency Department decreased visits by 31% and found patients better options for care through community-wide coordination.