Rural Health Challenges to be Discussed at Plymouth State University

January 26th, 2007 by Adam

What does the future of health service delivery look like for rural New Hampshire?

PSU’s Center for Rural Partnerships presents Martha McLeod, Executive Director of the North Country Health Consortium, discussing Rural Health Challenges and Collaborative and Networking Solutions on Wednesday, Feb. 14, from 12-1:30 p.m. at Plymouth State University’s
Hartman Union Building (HUB) Student Senate Room.

Martha McLeod is responsible for providing leadership to member agencies for collaboration and integration of health and human services to assure accessible, cost-effective, responsive and quality health care services for residents and employers in New Hampshire’s North Country. Ms. McLeod is chair of the Rural Development Council and a N.H. State Representative.

McLeod’s appearance is the latest event in the Rural Health and Wellness monthly meetings occurring on the second Wednesday of each month in the HUB. These meetings, sponsored by PSU’s Center for Rural Partnerships, allow various speakers to make presentations on the health and wellness concerns throughout the state. They are intended not only as an informational
gathering, but also as a chance for attendees to meet and interact with leaders in the field of rural health and wellness. The meetings are free and open to the public.

In addition to the Feb. 14th event, The Rural Health and Wellness series continues with events in March, April and May. On March 14, Dr. Timothy Lahey, assistant professor of microbiology and immunology at Dartmouth Medical School and a staff physician at Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center, will make a presentation on the Increased Mortality of Rural Patients with HIV. On April 11, Joanne Burke, Ph.D., Director of the Dietetic Internship Program at the University of New Hampshire will present on Community Food Systems. On May 16, (the third Wednesday in May) Dr. James Squires, president of the Endowment for Health and one of the founders of the Matthew Thornton Health Plan, will present on Key Issues in Rural Health and Wellness in New Hampshire.