Rural Health

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September 10, 2015

Florida CHAIN, Diane Calmus of the National Rural Health Association, Dr. Gail Bellamy of Florida State University College of Medicine, and an expert from the Florida Department of Health Office of Rural Health held a Health News Your Can Use meeting covering the particular health needs and health care resources for people living in rural parts of Florida.

Diane Calmus joined the National Rural Health Association staff in 2015. She is one of NRHA’s federally-registered lobbyists. She previously worked as a legislative assistant to U.S. Representative Kevin Brady, chairman of the House Ways and Means Health Subcommittee, where she handled a variety of health care issues with a focus on Medicare policy. She also worked as a health policy fellow at the Heritage Foundation. Diane earned a J.D. from Michigan State University College of Law and bachelors degrees in mechanical engineering and psychology from Lake Superior State University and Central Michigan University, respectively.

Dr. Gail Bellamy is the director of the Florida Blue Center for Rural Health Research and Policy at Florida State University College of Medicine, where she is also a professor in the Department of Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine. Before joining FSU, she was the director for community research at the West Virginia Institute for Health Policy Research. She also spent 18 years serving the Texas state government. Dr. Bellamy has been a member and leader in three state rural health associations and is a past president of National Rural Health Association. She is a current member of the Executive Board of the American Public Health Association. She has her doctorate from the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health.

The Florida State Office of Rural Health (SORH) works to improve access to quality health care services in rural and underserved areas in Florida. Our speaker will cover the services and programs that the SORH offers to achieve improved quality of health and health care in rural communities.

During this call, speakers highlighted specific health needs and health disparities that affect rural populations, including barriers to health care access and social determinants that create the health disparities. They will discuss strategies that have been successful in overcoming barriers and those that show promise for the future.