COVID-19 | Population Health

Rural Health in America During COVID-19

Conversation with Lisa Davis, MHA, Mark Holmes, PhD, Cara James, PhD, and Karen Murphy, PhD, RN

12:00p.m. – 1:00p.m. ET May 29, 2020 Virtual Event

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Many rural areas are becoming “hotspots” for the COVID-19 pandemic. New evidence suggests that rural populations are at heightened risk for contracting the virus due to factors such as age, race/ethnicity, and prevalence of underlying health conditions. Compared to metropolitan areas, rural communities face even greater shortages of hospital capacity, resources, and protective equipment. Our panel of experts discussed the unique challenges the pandemic poses for the health and economy of rural America, potential policy options to bring relief to rural areas, and the innovative solutions communities and health systems are pursuing to mitigate the pandemic’s effects. 


Lisa Davis, MHA

Director, Pennsylvania Office of Rural Health and Outreach Associate Professor of Health Policy and Administration, The Pennsylvania State University​

Mark Holmes, PhD

Professor, Health Policy and Management and Director, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, UNC Gillings School of Global Public Health

Cara James, PhD

President and CEO, Grantmakers in Health and former Director of the Office of Minority Health, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services

Karen Murphy, PhD, RN

Executive Vice President and Chief Innovation Officer, Founding Director, Steele Institute for Health Innovation, Geisinger

Joanna Hart

Joanna Hart, MD, MSHP (moderator)

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Medical Ethics and Health Policy, Perelman School of Medicine

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