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Rural Matters

May 13, 2019

Michelle chats with the Laura Green and Anna Moot-Levin, award-winning filmmakers of the new feature documentary, The Providers, which recently aired on PBS, about the challenges and opportunities in health care in rural America.  The filmmakers spent almost three years in rural New Mexico building long-term relationships with those in the film. It’s clear from the film that the profiled health care professionals provided life-saving services to patients in rural America. According to Green and Moot-Levin, the documentary is now being used by rural organizations to help recruit health care professionals. The film has great potential to influence and educate lawmakers about the current situation that rural decision-makers face when it comes to health issues, including recruitment and retention and the shortage of medical practitioners familiar with dealing with substance abuse issues, including opioids. It’s very important to try to funding for wraparound care and cutting-edge initiatives in rural health, Green and Moot-Levin assert. This episode was sponsored by Talem Health, and 3RNet,