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.

Supporting Rural and Behavioral Health Providers in Pennsylvania

Categories: Investment
In the midst of a behavioral health crisis or a cancer diagnosis, traveling to a medical facility outside of the community – sometimes hours away from home – for care is the last hurdle a patient needs. But in rural communities, like Huntingdon, Pennsylvania where integrated care is lacking and approximately 96% of oncology services …

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Groundbreaking in Rural Louisiana for Primary Care and Behavioral Health Expansion

Categories: Investment
An underserved rural community in north-central Louisiana will soon have more access to integrated primary care and behavioral services, thanks to financing from the Primary Care Development Corporation (PCDC). CommuniHealth Services, established as Morehouse Community Medical Centers Inc. in 2002, broke ground for its new state-of-the-art 41,000 square-foot facility in Bastrop. The $14.3 million project …

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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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