Today is National Rural Health Day. Approximately 1.5 million people — one in four Wisconsinites — live in rural and frontier communities throughout Wisconsin. These communities are facing a public health crisis and fiscal difficulties by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“In very challenging times, it’s important to reflect on the things we do well in rural healthcare,” says Wisconsin Office of Rural Health Director John Eich. “From dedicated staff working hard for their communities, to great collaborations, and high marks on our quality of care, there’s a lot to be proud of.”
National Rural Health Day activities planned in Wisconsin include:
- Burnett Medical Center in Grantsburg will be sharing staff testimonials about why they love working in rural healthcare on social media. Their mascot, Hope the Heart, will be on display in the main lobby.
- Tomah Health will be posting “Thank You” graphics on social media.
- Grant Regional Health Center in Lancaster will be creating “Thank You” baskets for staff. Baskets will be delivered to local EMS, fire departments, and independent clinics.
If you marked National Rural Health Day in some way, please let us know.