PCDC's Impact: Rural Health

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Access to primary care is one of the most frequently cited and urgent health problems facing rural populations. Primary care provider and workforce shortages are significant obstacles to increasing access to care. And in rural areas, primary care providers are often the only source for primary care, behavioral health, social support services, and more.

PCDC’s Capital Investment team provides flexible and affordable services to fast-track funding and expansion for rural providers, bolster vital health services, as well as enhance provider recruitment and retention for rural communities. Our Performance Improvement team works with rural practices to achieve PCMH recognition and supports rural providers with a wide range of capacity building services to improve health outcomes and implement new, effective, and cost-saving efficiencies.

Gala Honoree Spotlight: Q&A with Dean Germano

Categories: PCDC News
Tucked between mountains on three sides, California’s Shasta County boasts 3,000 square miles of immense natural beauty. The rural setting also brings innate challenges, with nearly one in five residents living below the federal poverty line. A lifeline for the community is Shasta Community Health Center, a nonprofit primary care system and Federally Qualified Health Center …

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PCDC Makes Recommendations for Improving Rural Access to Health Care Services

Categories: PCDC News, Policy
Primary care is the most reliable means of ensuring patient and community health in rural communities, PCDC asserts in recommendations to the federal government. “To meet its responsibility, primary care must be reinforced with sound policies and adequate resources,” the organization notes in its submission to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and the …

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In New York State’s Rural Areas, Disparities in Primary Care Access: New Findings

Categories: Analytics, PCDC News, Policy
Access to primary care is one of the most frequently cited and urgent health problems facing rural populations. A new PCDC report — the first of its kind — examines this challenge in New York State, identifying key measures of access and specifying policy strategies for improvement. The “Rural Access to Primary Care in New …

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Behind the ‘Rural Access’ Report: Q&A with Mary Ford

Categories: Analytics
In recent months PCDC has spotlighted rural access to primary care in New York State, through both recent testimony and newly released findings. Leading this research is Mary Ford, MS, Director of Evaluation and Analytics, who authored the “Rural Access to Primary Care in New York State” report. Among its findings: While New York State’s urban …

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PCDC Spotlights Rural Access to Primary Care at NYS Assembly Hearing

Categories: Analytics, PCDC News, Policy
PCDC’s Mary Ford, Director of Evaluation and Analytics, testified before the New York State Assembly today, highlighting new findings about rural access to primary care. “We found that there are far fewer primary care providers per person in New York State’s rural and small-town communities, resulting in lower access for residents,” Ford said of PCDC’s …

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