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Our Process

The North Carolina Rural Health Sustainability Project will deliver a data-backed, independent plan to policymakers and stakeholders on how to ensure accessible, equitable and effective healthcare in rural areas now and for years to come. The plan will offer practical solutions and critical insights to guide decisions on support and investment, addressing the state’s rural healthcare challenges.

To achieve this, the Rural Healthcare Initiative (RHI) has developed a thoughtful process for the work underway.

  1. Develop a Holistic Picture of the Current State of Rural Healthcare Delivery

To know the solution, we must first identify the problem. To develop a comprehensive picture of the healthcare landscape in rural North Carolina, we will conduct qualitative and quantitative research.

Key Steps:

  • Analyze data from nearly three dozen sources to understand the current state of healthcare, ancillary services and infrastructure throughout rural North Carolina.
  • Hold listening sessions with over 100 local community leaders in 14 rural counties across the state to understand the experience of receiving healthcare at the local level and the factors that affect this experience, including social services, social determinants of health, community health networks and more.
  • Conduct a statewide survey and online panel to gather an aggregated perspective from even more rural residents and test conclusions from our initial analysis
  1. Brainstorm Practical Rural Healthcare Solutions

We’ll use data and feedback to develop sustainable healthcare solutions tailored to the unique needs of rural communities. By presenting practical solutions to local and state leaders and other healthcare decision-makers, we’re collaborating to shape the future of rural healthcare delivery in North Carolina.

Key Steps:

  • Engage stakeholders by socializing what’s possible with local and state-level leaders, along with other healthcare leaders and decision-makers.
  • Deliver a detailed statewide visual representation and analysis of rural healthcare services that are both essential and sustainable in every rural county. By matching services and providers to regional utilization rates, the blueprint will help ensure that every rural resident can access the services they need most.

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