Dr. Italo Subbarao, Dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at William Carey University, talks about the need for more doctors in rural areas, Thursday, Sept. 21, 2023, at WCU in Hattiesburg, Miss., during the third annual Rural Health Summit.

With more and more medical facilities struggling to stay afloat in rural areas, William Carey University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine is doing what it can to find solutions.

This week, the university held its third Rural Health Summit to bring awareness not only to the issues surrounding the lack of medical care in rural areas but also to inspire its students and community leaders to help change the narrative.

Many hospitals in the state’s rural communities are struggling to stay afloat. Some have had to cut services and others are considering closing their doors, not just from the lack of revenue but because fewer doctors are willing to work in rural areas.

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