Diabetes and the Rural Safety Net


Investigates the extent to which the rural safety net is able to meet the needs of people with diabetes. Finds that small rural communities have a relatively greater need for safety net services to diabetics than their urban counterparts. To provide the needed array of services, medications, and support, a coordinated, team approach to care is needed. Such an approach would include the following elements: insurance coverage would be consistent with the standards of care; team management and care coordination would be facilitated, and the informal safety net would be formalized.

Maine Rural Health Research Center
David Hartley, Erika Ziller, Caroline Macdonald