A small group of SEARCHers traveled from the mountains to attend the 2018 NC Rural Day in Raleigh on May 29. The day was chock full of interesting speakers, who shared up to date information about three main topics: Broadband, Health, and Economic Development.
The full program is available here – Rural Day Program
Of particular interest to SEARCH were the two healthcare panels, one on health challenges and the other on health solutions. Dr. Laura Gerald, head of the Kate B. Reynolds Foundation, was the keynote speaker on health. She said that 75-80% of their funding goes to rural communities. She told of KBR’s Healthy Places program, and said they expect to expand it into southeastern North Carolina. They are interested in the social determinants of health such as day care and transportation. Their goal is to have healthy vibrant communities where everyone thrives.
Video of Dr. Gerald’s talk is available here.
- “Where you live should not determine if you live.” Dana Weston
- “It does take a community effort to recruit providers to rural areas.” Rep. David Lewis
- “Health is more than healthcare.” Dr. Mandy Cohen
- “Can’t separate physical and mental health.” Dr. Mandy Cohen
- “It can’t just be about insurance coverage. It needs to be about access, hospitals, the people, and health in general.” Dr. Mandy Cohen
The issue brief on HEALTH is available here – Rural Day HEALTH Issue Brief
Below are additional links to Health program videos:
- Data Weston (UNC Rockingham Health Care)
- Dr. Carla Obiol (Exec. Directorof Care4Carolina)
- Dr. Steve North (Mission Health, Center for Rural Health Innovation)
- Sharon Brigner (Dep. VP in State Government Affairs for the Pharmaceutical Research and Manufacturers of America trade association)
- Rural Health Solutions Panel
Ron and Karin Rolett and Susan Larson at the event.
Attorney General Josh Stein spoke about the pending HCA/Mission deal. He said he would be watching two things:
1) That the purchase price be fair.
2) That the foundation will be entirely independent of HCA.
He said that an acquisition of this sort works best when mission and vision of both parties align.
Local speakers from N.C. Rural Day were Dr. Steve North, speaking about telehealth, and Jamie McMahan (Yancey County Economic Development), who discussed broadband as an economic development tool in Yancey County. Video of Jamie’s discussion is available here.
Watch all videos from Rural Day here.
View all photos from Rural Day here.