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Iowa Rural Health Association Unveils New Website
Iowa Ag Connection - 08/06/2020

A newly-redesigned website is giving the Iowa Rural Health Association (IRHA) a new platform for its work to highlight issues facing rural health and promote solutions. The site, with the url www.iaruralhealth.org, went live this week.

"We are so excited to have this new website and the new capacity it gives us," said IRHA Board President Debra Hoyle. "It's an important tool for our members and the rural communities they serve. The IRHA board views this as a step toward expanding the organization's role in promoting rural health and sharing information about the access to health care in small towns and rural areas."

The website, designed by the West Liberty firm Big Imprint (https://www.bigimprint.com/), incorporates the IRHA logo throughout while featuring images of rural Iowa and rural providers. Many of the images were contributed by IRHA members themselves.

"This is an opportunity to highlight important issues facing rural health care, especially in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic," said IRHA Executive Director Bill Menner. "We know firsthand now how important access to health care providers is, and that access has been underscored during this crisis. Tools like telehealth are increasingly important, and that's something IRHA members want the Iowa Legislature to understand."

The website will also provide a hub for information and data related to the new IRHA Health Equity Working Group, which is focused on gender, race, disability and sexual orientation-related barriers to heath and health care

IRHA is a membership-based non-profit committed to strengthening health systems for rural residents and communities through leadership, education, advocacy, public awareness and networking. Based in Grinnell, IRHA has been in existence since 1993 advocating for health care access, healthy communities and policies that enhance the lives of rural Iowans.

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