Illinois Rural Health Association
The Illinois Rural Health Association was organizaed in 1989 and is comprised of individual, organizational and student members interested in providing leadership on rural health issues. IRHA's diverse constituency includes individuals concerned with rural health, health care providers and administrators from both private and public settings, state and local government leaders, researchers, educators, consumer groups, consultants, insurance and employer representatives.
IRHA maintains strong relationships with the Illinois Department of Public Health Center for Rural Health and other state, public and private associations that advocate for improved rural health. IRHA also is a member of the National Rural Association State Association Council.
Goals of the IRHA
- Advocate for the health interests of rural residents in public and private policy issues.
- Foster public and private partnerships to improve rural health.
- Support the work of other health interest groups in their efforts to improve rural health.
- Provide educational resources for rural health professionals and students.
- Enhance public awareness of rural health issues.
- Provide networking opportunities for people interested in rural health.
- Strengthen the capacity of the organization to support its mission.
- Telehealth and its disruption of the healthcare delivery model is here to stay.
- Is your door open, closed, or somewhere in between? Telehealth and Telemedicine can be intimidating, scary, exciting, and to some completely absurd. Some close the door, and think, absolutely not, we cannot see patients and communicate with other providers through a screen.