Nov. 21 was National Rural Health Day – a day to celebrate the grit and ingenuity of rural communities like Wilkes County. It was a time to give thanks to tireless and selfless rural healthcare providers, community health workers, health educators, public servants and others who work to keep our community healthy and livable.
It’s no secret that rural communities face their own set of specific challenges when it comes to health. Southern Appalachia specifically faces some of the toughest public health challenges in the nation. From geographic isolation to poverty to health literacy, there are many barriers that face both our community and rural populations as a whole, yet communities are responsible for their own health.