Published Fri, Dec 14, 2012 8:10 am Dateline
A local rural health institute is making plans to create a statewide association to advocate for the health needs of people in rural Ohio.
Crescent Gallagher, an Ohio University graduate assistant to the Appalachian Rural Health Institute, said the statewide association will focus on policy and education.
"We want to work with legislators to advocate on behalf of rural communities to make sure policies are being implemented to best suit these rural communities." Gallagher said. "We also want to work with community colleges and universities to make sure students are getting an education that best suits their needs when they go into the health field."
People in rural areas will especially benefit from association programs such as "tele-health", which is a program that Gallagher said uses technology to bring specialists directly to the homes of patients.
The association would be membership-driven and funded, but will communicate with other associations of its kind to find out other ways to raise some of its own funds.