Disparities in Rural America
Save your virtual seat! February 20, 2024 @1pm Eastern
Over 46 million Americans, or 15% of the population, reside in geographically defined rural areas, as reported by the U.S. Census Bureau. Extensive research conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) underscores the significant health disparities experienced by this rural population, resulting in inferior health outcomes compared to their urban counterparts, irrespective of socioeconomic status. Those dwelling in rural areas face a higher likelihood of succumbing to the five leading causes of death. While various factors contribute to these disparities, a central issue continues to surround the limited accessibility to specialized medical expertise and care.
Listen to panelists, Kellie Kubena, Rural Health Liaison of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Lauren Majors, Program Director of Cincinnati Children's Online Second Opinion Program, discuss how online programs at centers of excellence can reach and benefit rural communities. Hosted by Les Trachtman and Samantha Winters, of Purview, this discussion will highlight data driven insights and patterns found across online programs that connect patients to specialized medical expertise.
Kellie Kubena works with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to improve the health of rural communities by expanding access to health care, data sharing, and transparency of information. Her role ensures that the USDA is well positioned to address the growing health care needs in rural communities.
Lauren Majors currently manages Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center's Online Second Opinion Program, which enables patients and their families unique virtual access to specialized medical expertise. Cincinnati Children's made a splash in 2023, when they were named the #1 ranked pediatric hospital in the country by U.S. News and World Report, as well as one of the most innovative companies in the nation by Fortune.