2020-2021 HAPF Group Members: Jing Wang, Peter Cram, Sarah Bassett, Brynn Bowman, Veronica Shead
• Karla Weng (Senior Program Manager, Stratis Health)
• Gina McCaskill (Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Psychology, College of Arts and Sciences at University of Alabama-Birmingham; 2015-2016 HAP Fellow)
• M. Bryant Howren (Director, Florida Blue Center for Rural Health Research and Policy)
Session Summary: Over 1 in 5 older adults reside in a rural region. Often, these regions have limited resources, creating access challenges for aging adults. This session will discuss the shortage of providers, facilities and services (e.g., transportation, nutritious food, etc.) that exist in rural areas and disproportionately affect older adults. The session will also include a special focus on access to healthcare services for older veterans in rural regions. Panelists will provide policy considerations to address health inequities and improve aging in rural America.