A local healthcare system is vital to
the economy of a rural community, and it is a necessary part
of rural development. For example, in rural counties healthcare
is often second only to the local school system in the number
of people it employs, and often counts for fifteen to twenty
percent of the county's jobs. A viable healthcare system is
critical in recruiting businesses and retaining retirees in
The program is a collaborative effort.
Oklahoma State University Department of Agricultural Economics,
the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service, and the Oklahoma Office
of Rural Health, work together to assist rural Oklahoma communities in promoting
and supporting rural economic development through local healthcare
Our efforts enable communities to make
informed decisions about health services and economic development,
recruitment, retention, and health service needs in the community.
Oklahoma Rural Health Works will prove to be a valuable tool
for healthcare providers and community leaders in community
health and economic planning.