North Carolinians Bring Rural Health Issues to Capitol Hill for the 2024 National Rural Health Association Policy Institute | Eastern North Carolina Now

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    CARY, NC     Members of the North Carolina Rural Health Association (NCRHA) visited Washington, D.C., on Feb. 14, 2024, to meet with elected officials and advocate for policies to improve access to care in rural areas.

    NCRHA members joined advocates from across the country for the National Rural Health Association (NRHA) Policy Institute from Feb. 13 - 15, 2024. As a part of the event, North Carolina's delegation met with elected officials and staff from Senator Thom Tillis and Representatives Deborah Ross, Wiley Nickel, Valerie Foushee, and Chuck Edwards' offices.

    During legislative meetings, NCRHA members spoke with elected officials about:

  1. Providing for rural broadband expansion and adoption
  2. Investing in a strong rural safety net
  3. Building a more robust rural health care workforce
  4. Extending and increasing funding for community health centers
  5. Addressing rural health equity

    The NRHA Rural Health Policy Institute is an opportunity for state Rural Health Association members to engage with federal representatives and advocate for rural health policy.

    Throughout the year, NCRHA and all FHLI programs collaborate with partners across North Carolina to advance health policy priorities. In 2024, NCRHA is focusing on rural broadband access, community health center funding, and the rural health care workforce.

    For photos of NCRHA legislative visits, please visit: 2024-02 NRHA Policy Institute

    All photos should be credited to Brady Blackburn or the Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation.

   Contact: Brady Blackburn
   Content Marketing Manager
   Foundation for Health Leadership & Innovation
   Phone: 919-533-9934
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