Grant To Help Improve Health Of Rural Women

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A group working to improve the quality of health for rural women recently received a $350,000 grant to use over the next three years.

The Eastern Arizona Area Health Education Center (EAHEC) was one of 20 Rural Health Network Development (RHND) grant recipients out of 130 national applicants, said Holly Crump, network director at the Arizona Rural Health Women’s Network (AzRWHN).

The network, made up of five area health education centers and seven state and nonprofit organizations working on rural women’s health issues, will use the funding to expand the network and improve women’s access to health information and services in their communities.

“The network’s intent is to build on and leverage the efforts successfully launched through a 2007 RHND planning grant,” EAHEC organizers wrote in a grant application.

The grant will give EAHEC the money to further develop AzRWHN “so it can harness the collective power of diverse network members to assess, coordinate and respond to multiple issues that shape rural women’s health in Arizona.”

Women living in rural areas face higher rates of chronic disease and encounter greater barriers to health care due to a lack of insurance, income, transportation and location, according to the Rural Assistance Center.

Crump said she is excited to see what improvements they can make with the additional grant funding.

In July, Crump will discuss the AzRWHN at an International Leadership Summit in China. The University-Community Partnership for Social Action Research Network is organizing the event.

Crump is one of a dozen presenters from around the world.

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