COVID-19 Webinar Series Session 11 – Rural Health System Response

Online Webinar

COVID-19 Webinar Series Overview

This COVID-19 Webinar Series synthesizes the information in the headlines to provide cohesive insight into the status of the response and remaining gaps in the system that must be addressed to limit the severity of the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States.

Session 11 – Rural Health System Response

About one in five Americans (~60 million) live in rural areas, and research shows that these populations are more likely to experience poor health outcomes and socioeconomic disadvantages than their urban counterparts. As the COVID-19 pandemic spreads, those issues have only heightened, making it all the more challenging for rural health care entities to care for rural residents. In this webinar, panelists discussed the unique challenges that face rural health systems and the strategies they are employing during the emergency response. They also highlighted current or future legislative and administrative policy solutions.


  • Michael R. Brumage, M.D., MPH, FACP, FACPM, Medical Director, Cabin Creek Health Systems; Director, Preventive Medicine Residency Program, West Virginia University School of Public Health; Medical Officer, West Virginia University Injury Control Research Center
  • J. Scott Graham, M.S., Chief Executive Officer, Three Rivers Hospital; Chief Executive Officer, North Valley Hospital
  • Jacob C. Warren, Ph.D., MBA, CRA, Director, Center for Rural Health and Health Disparities, Mercer University
  • Sarah J. Dash, MPH, President and CEO, Alliance for Health Policy (moderator)



The Alliance for Health Policy gratefully acknowledges the support of the National Institute of Health Care Management (NIHCM) and The Commonwealth Fund for this event.