University of Illinois Celebrates It’s 25th National Rural Health Day

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A college program aims to bring better healthcare to people in rural areas.

Today was ‘Rural Health Day’ on the UIC health sciences campus in Rockford.  Students from Rockford’s U of I College of Medicine presented the results of research they’ve done on bringing healthcare to rural parts of the Stateline.  They’re part of the rural medical education program, or R-Med.  An instructor says the students not only get more hands-on experience with patients; they also help bring healthcare to those who often have a hard time getting it.

John Plescia/Director of RMED, U of I College of Medicine said, “You may have to drive 30, 40 miles to see a doctor. Where as in suburban and urban areas it’s right next door. Also the population is older so that leads to a lot more chronic diseases.”

This is the 25th year for the college of medicine’s rural health day.

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