Some 57 million rural Americans depend on their hospital as an important source of care as well as a critical component of their area's economic and social fabric.
AHA ensures the unique needs of our members are a national priority. Location, size, workforce, payment and access to capital challenge small or rural hospitals and the communities they serve. Collaborating with state and regional hospital associations and with advice from its member council, the Section tracks the issues, develops policies and identifies solutions to our most pressing problems. We do this through:
- Representation and advocacy in Washington, DC
- Communication and education
- Executive leadership and technical assistance
- Innovation in payment and delivery
The Chairman's File
Chair File: Ensuring Rural Hospitals and Communities Are Healthy
Chair File: Leadership Dialogue Video— Strengthening Rural Health Care with Jennifer Havens
Rural Health Resources
The American Hospital Association is proud to feature the success stories of its members. Read a variety of case studies highlighting best practices, innovative techniques and new ideas from the field.
Rural Hospitals and Their Critical Role in the Community
Rural Hospital Closures Threaten Access: Solutions to Preserve Care in Local Communities
New Rural Health Services Resources and References
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