In Rural America, Resentment Over COVID-19 Shutdowns Is Colliding With Rising Case Numbers

3 ways to strengthen systems for the future

COVID-19 isn’t likely to be the last pandemic rural America will see. Here are three ways to strengthen rural systems for the future.

  • By partnering with universities and local and state agencies, communities can incorporate their unique susceptibilities into dynamic epidemiological models that could better inform local public health and economic decisions.

  • Aligning public health and health care measures could help governments better balance pandemic responses and ensure all parts of the community are moving toward the same goal.

  • Increasing broadband access and internet speeds in rural and frontier communities could also help. During the pandemic, people everywhere have appreciated the need for internet connectivity for education, remote work and purchasing goods, as well as virtual health care.The Conversation

Lauren Hughes, Associate Professor of Family Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus and Roberto Silva, Assistant Professor of Family Medicine, University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, University of Colorado Denver

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