Rural Georgia communities face many challenges in achieving and maintaining health due to complex social, geographic, and economic factors. The Mercer University School of Medicine has identified 10 grand challenges facing rural Georgia, called Grand Challenges of Rural Health. The Georgia Rural Health Innovation Center addresses these challenges with innovative thinking, collaborative strategies, and interdisciplinary resources. These challenges were selected based on the extent of its impact on rural Georgia and the documented need to begin developing an effective, innovative solution to resolve the challenge.

  • Healthcare Infrastructure

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    Health Literacy

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    Strategic Healthcare Availability and Access

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    Social Determinants of Health

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    Physician and Health Workforce Shortage

  • Maternal and Child Health

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    Mental Health

  • Substance Use

  • Rural Occupational Health

  • Aging Populations