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Pathways to Prevention: Improving Rural Health Through Telehealth-Guided Provider-to-Provider Communication

October 12 - 14 , 2021
Virtual Workshop


About one-fifth of all people in the United States live in rural areas. These areas experience higher mortality rates, a higher prevalence of diseases and lower life expectancy than in urban areas. Telehealth-guided communication between care providers has the potential to increase access to services and improve health outcomes in underserved rural populations. However, more research is needed to better understand how provider-to-provider telehealth affects rural patients, populations, health care providers and payers.

The NIH Pathways to Prevention Workshop: Improving Rural Health Through Telehealth-Guided Provider-to-Provider Communication, sponsored in part by NHLBI, aimed to identify research gaps, explore barriers and facilitate successful, sustainable implementation of provider-to-provider telehealth in rural settings. This free workshop was open to the public and was recorded. Learn more at

Workshop Report

The workshop panel’s draft report is now available for public comment. The report summarizes workshop discussions and identifies future research priorities.

Public comments will be accepted through February 4, 2022. Be sure to reference the corresponding line number in the report for each comment, and submit all comments to

Workshop Recordings


Workshop Materials

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Workshop Panel

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Workshop Sponsors

  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Health Resources & Services Administration
  • National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
  • NIH Office of Disease Prevention