DoA to raise awareness of unique health care needs across the state
Special to The Flash
AUSTIN – Today marks the celebration of National Rural Health Day by the Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) and National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH). National Rural Health Day began as a way to showcase rural America and increase awareness about rural health care issues. Approximately 62 million people — nearly one in five Americans — live in rural and frontier communities throughout the United States.
“Rural health care providers are a vital part of their communities, providing jobs and enhancing local economic growth,” said Deputy Agriculture Commissioner Drew DeBerry. “As we celebrate National Rural Health Day, I thank the professionals in rural communities throughout the Lone Star State who strive to ensure their neighbors have the same available health care services as their urban counterparts.”
Rural communities are important to urban and suburban Texas, as this is the land where our farmers and ranchers grow the healthy food and affordable fiber that sustains all of our lives. Rural Texans face a unique combination of factors — from economic issues to doctor shortages to living in remote areas — that can create challenges for health care not found in urban areas.
In Texas, the State Office of Rural Health at TDA supports rural citizens through programs such as the Capital Improvement Program, Rural Communities Health Care Investment Program and the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant Program. These programs are geared towards helping rural hospitals across Texas with the recruitment and retention of trained employees, as well as facility and operational improvements at critical access hospitals.