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The health care sector plays a vital role in the economy of rural communities and is an essential component of rural development. In 1998, Kentucky, Missouri, Nevada, Oklahoma, and Pennsylvania initiated a five state pilot project that would expand public awareness of the economic importance of health care sector in rural communities. Kentucky Rural Health Works Program (KRHW) originated from Operation Rural Health Works Project (RHW). The RHW Project was originally sponsored by the Rural Policy Research Institute, the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy, and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Cooperative Extension Service.
KY Rural Health Works Program will show rural communities and their leaders the direct and indirect impact of health care on rural development and business growth. For example, the health care sector is often second, only to the school system, as the largest employer in rural counties, and often accounts for 15 to 20 percent of all jobs within a community.
Through the KY Rural Health Works Program, the University of Kentucky's College of Agriculture’s Department of Agricultural Economics, the Cooperative Extension Service, the UK Center of Excellence in Rural Health, and the Kentucky State Office of Rural Health will work collaboratively to assist Kentucky communities in promoting access to health care and economic development. This will allow communities to make informed decisions regarding development, recruitment, and service needs. KY Rural Health Works Program will prove to be a valuable tool in community, health, and strategic planning, and will be essential to the development of rural Kentucky communities.
Role & ObjectivesThere are two objectives in the KY Rural Health Works Program (KRHW). The first objective will focus on market demand and feasibility studies for rural health care providers. KRHW staff will determine the feasibility of altering or adding services to an existing health care facility. The primary emphasis is on establishing the current and potential demand for health care services in a community.
The second objective will examine the importance of health care in rural economies and rural economic development. This phase of the analysis will evaluate the economic impact and importance of the health care sector to the rural economy and rural economic development.
The IMPLAN model is used to establish the existing importance of the health care sector in the rural economy. This model is also used to examine the types and quality of jobs created in the rural economic development both as a job creating and input-purchasing industry and as a factor in other types of business location decisions.
Benefits to Rural Communities
Benefits to Health Care Providers
Educational programs of the Kentucky Cooperative Extension Service serve all people regardless of race, color, age, sex, religion, disability, or national origin.
Last update: May 25, 2006.
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