AHA's Rural Report Podcast Series

Rural COVID-19 Podcasts

Sep 4, 2020

AHA has compiled several case examples demonstrating the struggles and successes of rural hospitals battling COVID-19 in their communities. These have been organized in a compendium available on our website at www.aha.org. For this podcast, we honor our hospital heroes and examine how two rural hospitals are living and learning through COVID-19. Today, we meet with Dr. Lesley Ogden, CEO, Samaritan North Lincoln Hospital, and Samaritan Pacific Communities Hospital located in Lincoln County, Oregon.


Jul 29, 2020

On this Advancing Health podcast, Joy Lewis, AHA vice president for strategic policy planning, and Allen Smart, principal at Winston-Salem, N.C.-based PhilanthropywoRx, discuss the imperative for rural hospital leaders to develop long-term strategies where community engagement and philanthropy meet for the good of communities’ health. When properly positioned for the long-term, philanthropic relationships with both the private and public sector entities can fuel both innovation and population health improvements.



Jul 9, 2020

AHA has tracked the stories of several rural community hospitals as part of our coverage of COVID-19. Those stories and their podcasts may be found on the AHA website. As part of this series we share how rural hospitals have found new ways of delivering care to patients under COVID-19. Today, we hear from Brian Evans, CEO of Clarke County Hospital in Osceola, Iowa and Corey Martin, senior director at the Iowa Hospital Association, who applied for and received funds to expand telehealth services to include home monitoring.


May 13, 2020

We will hear the story of hospital heroes caring for COVID-19 patients at Marshall Medical Center located in the foothills of the Sierra Nevada Mountains in Northern California. Marshall is a full service, 125-bed not-for-profit hospital with a Level 3 trauma center serving El Dorado and its neighboring counties.

May 6, 2020

Recently, AHA published a compendium of case examples demonstrating the struggles and successes of rural hospitals battling COVID-19 in their communities. For this podcast, we honor our hospital heroes and focus on surviving the surge from the perspective of Alvin Hoover, CEO, King’s Daughters Medical Center, Brookhaven, Mississippi.






AHA's Rural Report Podcast Series

Recently, AHA published “Rural Report: Challenges Facing Rural Communities and the Roadmap to Ensure Local Access and High-quality, Affordable Care.” This podcast series is built around the AHA Rural Report. Meaning, it highlights a rural health challenge and shows how the field responds to the call to action.

Using Community Health Workers to Expand Access in Rural Areas - March 4, 2020

16:21 minutes

On this Advancing Health podcast, John Supplitt, AHA senior director, speaks to two rural hospital leaders about the importance of implementing an effective community health worker program to expand health care access.

Using Artificial Intelligence to Reach Rural Patients - January 15, 2020

12:30 minutes

In this AHA Advancing Health podcast, John Supplitt, senior director of AHA Rural Health Services, talks to Rachelle Schultz, CEO of Winona Health, about clinicians using artificial intelligence to identify and diagnose illnesses and injuries and recommend customized treatment plans, making primary care more accessible to those isolated by distance, weather or transportation.

How Rural Hospitals Are Responding to Challenges – July 17, 2019

15:20 minutes

Earlier this year, AHA published a rural report called “Challenges Facing Rural Communities and the Roadmap to Ensure Local Access and High-quality, Affordable Care.” The report outlines specific legislative and policy recommendations to address the persistent, recent and emergent challenges facing rural communities and the hospitals that serve them. In this podcast, AHA rural health experts explore the purpose of the Rural Report and its Call-to-Action for rural health providers and advocates alike.

Behavioral Health – May 23, 2019

13:53 minutes

On this podcast, we examine the challenge of behavioral health services for rural Americans and report the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the field in responding to this challenge.

Dr. Carrie Henning-Smith is an assistant professor and deputy director at the University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center in Minneapolis. Joining her is Shelly Rivello, director of integrated care at J.C. Blair Health System in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania.

Our experts will share an evidence-based model to increase access to mental health services, as well as an evidence-based practice to integrate behavioral health services into primary care clinics.

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More Rural Podcasts 

Partnering to Improve Rural Birth Outcomes - September 15, 2020

17:02 minutes

Many rural hospitals have been challenged with maintaining obstetric services but are now partnering with others to improve birth outcomes for mothers and babies. In this podcast highlighting successful maternal and child health efforts, care team members from Kearney County Hospital in Lakin, Kan., discuss the importance of a growing OB unit and the impact of Kearney County’s Pioneer Baby program. 

Doulas Enhance the Birthing Experience - August 19, 2020

17:01 minutes

Aisha Syeda, Program Manager at the American Hospital Association is speaking with Mary Schwaegerl, an Obstetrics Director and Julia Yoder, a Marketing & Public Relations Director at Brookings Health System, as they share the impact of their volunteer doula program at Brooking’s New Beginnings Birth Center.

Rural Hospital Offers Flexibility to Recruit Physicians - January 29, 2020

23:19 minutes

In this AHA Advancing Health podcast, Elisa Arespacochaga, vice president of the AHA Physician Alliance, talks with Benjamin Anderson, former CEO of Kearny County Hospital in Lakin, Kan., about how his hospital took a chance on an unorthodox approach to recruit physicians, including offering four-day work weeks and limited on-call commitment.

Rural City Part of Groundbreaking Heart Disease Prevention Initiative - June 12, 2019

28:05 minutes

On this AHA Advancing Health podcast, The Value Initiative series continues with a four-way conversation discussing how the Heart of New Ulm project in Minnesota aims to reduce heart disease and prevent cardiovascular problems before they appear. Guests include Julia Resnick, senior program manager, AHA; Carisa Bugler, director of operations, New Ulm Medical Center; and two others from the partnership.

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