Rural Health Roundtable Looks at Public Health’s Rural Profile

Posted: February 26, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Patty Snellings

The Capital Area Rural Health Roundtable, a federally funded initiative of the Center for Health Policy, Research, and Ethics within the College of Nursing and Health Science, offers a profile on rural public health for legislators and health care professionals. “Public Health’s Rural Profile: New Data on Capacity and Preparedness” is held tomorrow from noon to 2 p.m. at the U.S. Capitol, SC-5, in Washington, D.C. Members of the George Mason community are invited to attend.

Sixty percent of the nation’s public health agencies represent nonmetropolitan areas, but low funding and changes in the health care industry have left the system unprepared for its significant role in keeping communities healthy. This forum looks at strategies to assure effective national surveillance and adequate preventive and primary care in rural areas. Public health officials from around the country offer their perspectives and ideas. Former CHPRE director Mary Wakefield, who is now director of the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota and a member of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health, also is a participant in the program.

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