Dr. Phil Polakoff joins the Lane Center to discuss the recent initiatives led by his organization, Healthier Rural America. Healthier Rural America believes that progress is possible when rural communitites come together to rewrite prevailing narratives to reflect new ones of resilience and renewal; the rural American renaissance is coming. Before this, however, community leaders and citizens must first address, the places where people live, personal health, population health, public health, and the state of political will.
- Currently 60 million people live in rural America.
- More than 172 rural hospitals have closed since 2005 with hundreds more at risk.
- There is a real shortage of rural health care workers.
- Broadband and Internet connectivity are often limited and need upgrading.
- COVID-19 is having a huge negative health impact but is also causing some positive innovation.
- The growing rural-urban gap in life expectancy
Dr. Polakoff will discuss the realities of life in rural communities, outline the seven foundational actions to be considered to instigate change, and explain why a new focus on leadership is necessary to realize his organization's goals.
Dr. Phil Polakoff, Speaker
Founder/CEO, A Healthier WE
Affiliated Scholar, The Bill Lane Center for the American West
Consulting Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine
Dr. Phil Polakoff’s distinguished career in health care spans 35 years. He is a health transformation advisor, and previously has worked in product and network development, care management, organizational and business development, policy formulation, communications and financing. He serves as the CEO and host of A Healthier We, a disruptive, innovative venture situated at the intersection of medicine/health and media. As an affiliated scholar at the Bill Lane Center, Dr. Polakoff is intimately involved with the Rural West initiative. In addition to his work at the Center, Dr. Polakoff is a consulting professor at Stanford’s School of Medicine. He is the author of five books and has published more than 200 articles.