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It’s no secret that Alabama is a rural state. In fact, only four metropolitan areas can be said to be totally urban.  One of the greatest challenges of our state is how to meet the pressing medical needs in rural areas.  And one of the greatest secrets in our state is that practicing rural medicine provides physicians unique rewards both personally and professionally.

So, what is it about being a rural family physician? To begin with, he/she uses a solid medical education and continues to build on it to appropriately and creatively care for patients. But just as important is how the rural physician is a trusted leader who makes a meaningful difference in the community.

If you’re interested in meeting the medical needs of entire families from birth to death; in being a welcomed and respected member of your community; and in establishing a real home-town fit for you and your family, you owe it to yourself to contact us to explore this unique field of medicine.

Rural Medicine News

Definition of "Rural" Alabama for health care service areas

April 5, 2016

The Alabama Rural Health Association has adopted a policy definition of Rural for Alabama. This policy brief was developed by ARHA President William H. Coleman, M.D. and researchers with the Office for Family Health, Education and Research (OFHER) at the UAB Huntsville Regional Campus. (Dr. Coleman is the director of OFHER). The ARHA Board of Directors officially approved this definition for the use of health policy in Alabama at its March meeting. This definition considers all areas except for those identified as being in "Urbanized Areas" as defined by the U.S. Census Bureau as being RURAL.
The definition has been used by the 2016 Alabama State Legislature in language to revise the rural physician tax credit bill.