The Alabama Rural Well being Affiliation, in effort to be taught extra in regards to the wants of its members, carried out a four-part data gathering roadshow in the course of the month of November, 2022. Touring to 4 places, Montgomery, Hartselle, Atmore, and Livingston, greater than 150 rural constituents and stakeholders participated in a sequence of listening periods.
Throughout these periods, they have been offered with information relating to rural well being in Alabama, after which broke into 4 teams to debate what their experiences have been and what enhancements may very well be made to insurance policies and technique to rural well being. Every group wrote their desired coverage enhancements on tear-away white pages after which all attendees marked their high 10 most well-liked enhancements with a sticky dot. The outcomes of every roadshow have been tabulated by the affiliation and amalgamated right into a single tabulation, with related classes mixed for every of viewing.
The outcomes are as follows:
|Psychological well being entry
|Workforce Enchancment (recruitment, retention, compliance, scope of observe)
|Wholesome literacy / well being schooling points
|Enhance in telehealth utilization, coordination and help
|Social determinants of well being (meals insecurity, poverty, housing)
|Enhance supplier charges with Medicaid
|Coordination of companies particularly transportation
|NPs/CNM elevated scope
|Meals insecurities / meals deserts
|Enhance supplier charges with Medicare
|Expose college students to well being professions
|Complete intercourse schooling in k-12
|Not having sufficient docs
|Taking instruments and abilities away from rural/main physicians (sending all the things to specialists)
|Rural residency coaching
|Apprenticeships w/in well being prof- tech colleges, shadowing
|Too many individuals with out insurance coverage
|Utilization of neighborhood well being advocates
|Enhance state funding for ARMSA
|Concentrate on multidisciplinary method to PT care
|EMS service availability
|Doctor payment schedule points
|Excessive administration price
|Standardized claims submitting
|Security in Faculties
|Understanding the neighborhood that’s being labored in
|Consciousness of assets
|Well being fairness
|Keep Sources of revenue (publish covid)
|Not having docs within the correction places within the state (incentive points)
|Delay in looking for companies price
|Encourage physicians to recruit native
|Extra cohesion w/ reg. companies
|Substance Abuse (opioid, ETOH)
One week after the conclusion of the roadshow, the Alabama Rural Well being Affiliation board of administrators met at a particular in-person session in Clanton to debate these outcomes and the technique for the affiliation transferring ahead. After important dialogue, the next motion objects might be taken.
- The Alabama Rural Well being Affiliation will proceed its advocacy towards Medicaid growth, with essentially the most instant motion being a letter despatched to Governor Ivey corresponding with Nationwide Rural Well being Day declaring the necessity for this expanded protection for the state’s working poor.
- The Alabama Rural Well being Affiliation may have a renewed give attention to psychological and behavioral well being companies, with a extra direct must offering collaboration with these companies and first care within the state. This may increasingly encompass elevated instructional periods, connection for direct partnerships, or grant alternatives.
- The Alabama Rural Well being Affiliation will set up a brand new effort to recruit rural constituents into its contact lists so as to instantly help with well being literacy and schooling efforts. Establishing an inventory of constituents will present the affiliation with an outlet to teach the general public. The schooling could encompass each-to-view flyers, video, and different supplies that assist the general public to navigate the healthcare system and perceive the complexities of the system. The affiliation could pursue grant-funding to provide these movies and different advertising efforts.
The Affiliation is appreciative to its constituents for offering this direct suggestions and serving to to information coverage in 2023 and past. We all know that these efforts to proceed to enhance rural well being will take time, however the finish outcome might be well worth the effort.