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Rural Health Activities

This work was initiated in response to concerns about access to healthcare for those who reside in rural Texas. In recent years, Texas has had an unprecedented number of rural hospital closures, and those that remain open are facing increasing legislative, regulatory, and fiscal challenges. The closure of many rural hospitals across the state has accelerated the urgency to understand and ultimately address the problems faced by the rural population in accessing healthcare.

Multiple solutions exist when attempting to address the gap in access to healthcare in rural Texas. The rural communities in Texas are as unique as the residents themselves. Therefore, there is no one right answer and no “cookie cutter” approach to remedying the disparities. A&M Rural and Community Health Institute (ARCHI) has provided several avenues to consider a wide array of possible solutions.