Grand Challenges Facing Rural Georgia

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.

  • Doctor writing into woman's chart

    Maternal and Women's Health

  • Doctor places stethoscope on young girl's chest

    Child and Adolescent Health

  • Street view of store buildings

    Social Determinants of Health

  • Ambulance flashing lights on suburban road

    Strategic Healthcare Availability and Access

  • Technician and nurse examine electronic touch tablet

    Healthcare Workforce

  • Group of women meeting in room

    Mental and Behavioral Health

  • The word

    Health Literacy

  • Syringes, pills, cigarettes and alcohol on floor

    Substance Use Disorders

  • Smiling woman holding hand of elderly woman in chair

    Systems of Rural Community Based Care

  • Young boy hi-fives female physician

    Rural Occupational Health