The North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NCIOM) recently published the North Carolina Rural Health Action Plan.
The Plan is a report created by the NCIOM Task Force on Rural Health, of which Maggie Sauer, President and CEO of the Foundation, was a member. The NCIOM, in collaboration with the Office of Rural Health and Community Care (ORHCC) in the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, and other partners brought together the Task Force to develop a plan that would be both comprehensive and coordinated for rural areas throughout the state. This plan was funded through the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust.
The North Carolina Rural Health Action Plan describes the unique obstacles that North Carolina faces in improving outcomes. It describes the underlying causes of health disparities in rural areas of the state, and outlines six key strategies that can be implemented at the state and local levels to address those problems and begin to close those gaps.