North Dakota to Participate in NGA’s Rural Healthcare Collaborative

NGA Rural Healthcare

A myriad of socio-economic factors has created disparity in the healthcare access in the rural areas, and numerous problems are faced by rural communities and the healthcare providers.. Therefore, National Governors Association (NGA) announced on 30th March 2017 that seven states of the USA will participate in a learning collaborative initiative that will help in devising better policies and strategies to improve rural healthcare. Access to high-quality healthcare in rural parts of USA has been a concern for quite some time.


The seven states that will take part in this NGA initiative are: North Dakota, North Carolina, New York, Pennsylvania, Nevada, Kentucky, and Michigan. Read on to know more about rural healthcare collaborative that aims to reform the current healthcare access and a provide personalized care to the rural communities.


What’s Rural Health Learning Collaborative and How Will the State Help in the Study

The Rural Health Learning Collaborative initiative aims to improve the access of clinical and pharmaceutical assistance to the residents of rural America. Through this project, different teams across the selected states will work in collaboration to figure out cost-effective ways to provide effective healthcare to the underprivileged areas of America. The teams will study the deployment of telemedicine and telepharmacy model, better services for metal health prevention, and enhancement in the funding provided to adults and youth.


There is a dearth of pharmacies and primary healthcare facilities in rural parts of USA, Rural states like North Dakota face unique challenges when it comes to delivery services and medical accessibility. The Department of Health of ND filed an application for participation in the NGA program. ND Department of Health hopes to provide solutions for the growing challenges through the use of technology and networking as well as expanding the primary healthcare access to the rural population through telepharmacy models. Understanding the impact of usage of telemedicine will play a key role in eliminating the healthcare shortages in rural areas.


National Governors Association and Purpose of the Rural Healthcare Collaborative

National Governors Association (NGA) is a bipartisan public-policy organization that was established in 1908. The main purpose of this association is to develop strategic and innovation solutions that will upgrade the state government practices. NGA estimated the wide gap between the access to better healthcare in urban and rural America. The study will help in tailoring solutions for the rural populations so that individuals and families can fulfill their clinical requirements.


Generally, the population in rural areas is generally economically challenged or composed of elderly citizens. The rates of uninsured citizens are higher in rural districts but this this does not mean that access to high-quality healthcare should also remain limited in rural states. The learning collaborative will explore the underlying challenges and issues of rural communities in order to devise better programs and policies for them so that the populations in these areas have continued access to healthcare. Evidence-based studies will be conducted by the participating states and favorable policies will be developed to diminish the barriers to better healthcare in rural communities.