RURAL HEALTH EQUITY & COVID-19 VACCINE ACCESS across the 
DIGITAL DIVIDE in RURAL
VIRGINIA

Laura Fails - University of Massachusetts, Amherst
2021
As seen in The News & Advance!
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As seen in Nelson County Times & Amherst New Era-Progress!
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***IMPORTANT UPDATE***
 Click below to learn about
The Coming Together Again Safely Campaign & Vaccine Clinic
for Nelson County, Virginia

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Health Equity is often defined as:
1) equitable access to health care based on equal need,
2) health care utilization matched for equal need,
3) equal quality of care for all
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Challenges to rural communities:
- lack of broadband internet & access to information,
- lack of public transportation,
- economic tolls such as lost wages from taking time off from work 

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Alleviating barriers & gaining access
- collaboration & partnership building
- asset & capacity mapping
- technical assistance
- resource mobilization
- mailing campaign
- community event/raffle (incentive)