Lauren Hughes is a physician and health policy leader working at the nexus of primary care and public and population health to improve the lives and well-being of vulnerable communities. Hughes is a practicing family physician, associate professor of family medicine and the state policy director of the Farley Health Policy Center at the University of Colorado.
Rural hospitals have struggled with financial troubles for years. Over the past decade, more than 130 have closed, forcing residents to drive farther or delay needed care. Now, the COVID-19 pandemic has many of them wondering whether rural health care systems will survive. One out of every five Americans lives in rural America, a region […]