Practices that show potential to achieve desirable public health outcomes in a specific real-life setting and produce early results that are consistent with the objectives of the activities and thus indicate effectiveness.

COVID-19 Reveals Emerging Opportunities for Rural Public Health

Dearinger, A.T.,

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Policy Change/ Development
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During COVID-19, rural areas have seen greater mortality rates and more problems delivering services. This article discusses the challenges rural health departments have faced and the opportunities to use technology to mitigate those challenges. Challenges include the disproportionately low funding the rural health departments receive. Opportunities include departments scheduling electronic public health appointments (such as WIC recertifications), as well as working to expand their partnerships with partners across the state and rethink statewide allocation of public health funding.

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Improve Organizational Infrastructure, Partnership Building

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