Dr. Zack Ward, assistant professor of health administration at the University of Southern Indiana, will present “The Healthcare Crisis of Rural America: A Reason for Hope” during the Crossroads Speaker Series in New Harmony, Indiana. Crossroads: Change in Rural America is part of Museum on Main Street, a collaboration between the Smithsonian Institution and Indiana Humanities.
Hospital closures in Rural America have become all too common. Since January 2005, 163 rural hospitals have closed, including the highest amount—19— in 2019. This, understandably, has caused many to question what can be done to save America’s rural healthcare infrastructure. There are glimmers of hope, however. New technologies such as telemedicine are increasing rural citizens’ access to healthcare. Savvy rural hospital administrators are beginning to see the value in full spectrum family medicine, and there is a renaissance of the “home visit.”
Ward’s research includes focuses on clinician burnout and rural healthcare issues. He most recently served as visiting scholar with the American Board of Family Medicine where he conducted a comparative study of rural and urban family physician burnout.
Saturday, March 28 at 2:30pm to 4:00pm
Atheneum 401 N Arthur St. New Harmony, IN 47631