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Meeting Rural Health Needs

Meeting Rural Health Needs

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.

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Case Studies

I’m pleased because I don’t have to make a 4 ½-hour drive to get my infusion. It’s great that we can now have the therapy that I needed right here.


I’m very fortunate and so grateful for everything the center does for me. The wait is short and I’m in and out in no time. Without this local service, I couldn’t keep my job. I wouldn’t be able to take care of my family or enjoy my life.

CIS Rural Patient

They monitored me, they took care of me. The infection that was causing the pain began to go away. I can tell you now I’m able to stand on both legs. After the infusion therapy, I was able to resume the activity that I truly enjoy, playing the guitar and exploring the wonders of music.


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