Interconnected Rural-Urban Conversations: Examining Health Care Access




Thursday, June 3rd: Examining Health Care Access

Access to healthcare services is critical to good health, yet both rural and urban Minnesota residents face a variety of access barriers. When we talk about healthcare, cost is often the focus. But broader accessibility issues remain a challenge. Both rural and urban residents encounter barriers to healthcare that limit their ability to obtain needed care. In both settings, healthcare services must be available and obtainable in a timely manner. And even when an adequate supply of healthcare services exists in the community, other factors, such as transportation and language barriers, can limit access.

On Thursday, June 3 at 2:30 pm, the Center for Rural Policy & Development (CRPD) and the Citizens League hosted a conversation focused on discussing these barriers and what the future holds in this important field. 

Toby Freier – President, New Ulm Medical Center, Allina Health
Mark Jones – Executive Director,  MN Rural Health Association
Vayong Moua – Director, Racial & Health Equity Advocacy, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of MN
Kelly Asche – CRPD Research Associate, New London

Christina Palladino, Senior Principal at Park Street Public, St. Paul, MN


Future topics!
We will be holding these Interconnected Conversations monthly! Our topics will revolve around our shared interests in health care, housing and equity & inclusion in our communities.  Check back often for the latest information and registration links.  Pre-registration is required for each Conversation. Sign up here to receive notifications on future discussions.