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Rural Matters

Feb 4, 2020

In this episode, Michelle focuses on the work and point-of-view of Phil Polakoff, M.D. He is the Founder and CEO of A Healthier WE and a consulting professor, Stanford University School of Medicine and affiliated scholar, Stanford University Bill Lane  Center for the American West.

Dr. Polakoff and Michelle talk in-depth on the pitfalls and problems od engaging and inciting action or systematic change in rural America.  As part of a solution, Dr. Polakoff and A Healthier We developed an organization principle: “In these times, when “I” is replaced with “We” -  even illness becomes wellness” to conquer the more intractable problems. The focus and intended outcomes of the 2020 Healthier Rural America Summit in Omaha, NE on Sept 15 - 17th are also discussed.

The episode is sponsored by the The Foundation for Rural Service, or FRS, works in cooperation with NTCA – The Rural Broadband Association. Learn more at