AAFP Launches New Rural Healthcare Initiative

To address America’s rural healthcare crisis, which is a product of inadequate funding, economic downtown, and lack of an appropriate healthcare workforce, AAFP has launched Rural Health Matters to:

  • Develop and implement an integrated rural strategy
  • Establish the Academy as a leader for rural health and rural physicians
  • Influence policy and payment issues related to rural healthcare
  • Address educational needs and resources for family physicians practicing in rural areas
  • Support recruitment of family physicians to rural areas, including student choice, increase in residency positions, and support of residency programs; and create policy, collaboration, and resources for family physicians to improve rural health disparities.

Do you practice in a rural community? Please help increase awareness of rural healthcare by sharing your rural health stories on social media—include #RuralHealthMatters in your posts

Meanwhile, new legislation was recently introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives that aims to improve physician pipeline and patient issues that AAFP believes “would help address the shortage of physicians practicing in rural areas and thereby improve access to Medicare services for rural patients,” wrote AAFP Board Chair Michael Munger, MD, FAAFP in an Academy letter send to the sponsors of the Keeping Physicians Serving patients Act of 2019 (HR 3302).