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National Rural Health Resource Center's Podcasts

The National Rural Health Resource Center is a nonprofit organization dedicated to sustaining and improving health care in rural communities.

As the nation’s leading technical assistance and knowledge center in rural health, The Center focuses on five core areas:

  • Transition to Value and Population Health
  • Collaboration and Partnership
  • Performance Improvement
  • Health Information Technology
  • Workforce 

Apr 11, 2017

Communities are increasingly challenged with rising health care costs, chronic disease management and addressing provider shortages. As a result, it is critical to find innovative ways to improve the health of communities. Community Health Workers (CHWs) are a cost effective bridge between patients with the greatest needs and the primary care physicians and other health care providers. Because CHWs know their community and are more likely to be trusted, they are able to address the health disparities and special needs. This webinar will explore the strengths of the CHWs and ways they can be added to a team to more effectively address the needs of the community.


  • Frances Feltner, DNP, MSN, RN, Director, University of Kentucky, Center for Excellence in Rural Health