Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Geography of Need: Identifying Human Service Needs in Rural America

A new (June 2011) study by the rural policy research institute (rupri) entitled The Geography of Need: Identifying Human Service Needs in Rural America concluded that “the type and number of risk factors present in metropolitan and non-metropolitan counties differs substantially with non-metropolitan counties ore likely to have multiple risk factors present. This suggests that implementation strategies that are successful in metropolitan areas may not translate well to non-metropolitan areas. For example, a need for integrated human service delivery may be even more critical in nonmetropolitan areas than metropolitan areas”. To read the study, go to:

It is no surprise that Virginia’s State Rural Health Plan had numerous recommendations pertaining to models of care. These include:
• Research existing models of care that integrate primary care with mental/behavioral health within Virginia and in other states.
• Develop pilot projects that focus on the integration of quality systems of care.
• Assess the presence or absence of referral networks.
• Identify models of care and best practices from other rural areas around the nation and internationally, including telehealth models.

For more information about Virginia’s State Rural Health Plan, go to: or visit Virginia’s State Rural Health Plan Facebook Fan Page at .

Virginia's State Rural Health Plan

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