Rural regions across the country are facing are losing their hospitals. The wave of closures poses huge burdens for those in need of urgent care, and can be a matter of life-and-death in emergencies. The shutterings come as rural America confronts a series of health crises that go beyond the opioid crisis: higher rates of teen births, disabled workers, cardiovascular disease, as well as deaths from cancer and chronic lung disease. Rural residents also tend to be older and their towns suffer from higher rates of unemployment. When hospitals close, the surrounding economy often takes a hit as well, further undermining the well-being of rural communities. This webinar will provide a fresh overview of the trend and explain the forces driving closures and what they mean for health. Reporters will gain crucial context and insights that will deepen their coverage of imperiled health centers and the communities that rely on them.
WHEN: Jan. 22, from 10-11 a.m. PT / 1-2 p.m. ET