Rural Health Put On Full Display At Northeast Community College

NORFOLK – Executive Vice President and Provost and Chancellor at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, Dr. Jeffrey Gold made a recent stop in Norfolk to focus on a collaborative process of rural health.

Dr. Gold appreciated the invitation from the northeast Nebraska community as he visited Northeast Community College of Nursing on Wednesday.

A series of meetings and tours were held in Norfolk with leaders in northeast Nebraska.

“Such as the highly, highly successful Rural Health Opportunities Program that we share with Wayne State College,” said Dr. Gold. “But to also talk about new programs. What we can do to not only improve rural health, but to increase the educational opportunities, to have an impact on the economy of northeast Nebraska and to talk about the future healthcare workforce.”

Dr. Gold also visited Scottsbluff and Kearney recently working on their rural healthcare needs. His staff takes the time to visit with their communities because partnerships are all about people and people are all about creating trusted relationships.

Dr. Gold added UNMC has seen 21 straight years of enrollment growth.

“We’ve seen over that same period of time our research programs grow from very small numbers to last year our sponsors, contracts and grants totaled over $230 million in one year,” Dr. Gold added. “And very importantly our clinical programs have taken growth.”

Dr. Gold was looking forward to taking homework back to UNMC to address the needs of rural health.

Also, Dr. Gold is interested in other areas that don’t directly connect to healthcare while being the Executive Vice President and Provost of UNMC.

“So, I’m interested in information science and technology growth for the region (and) what can we do with our law colleagues,” Dr. Gold mentioned. “Is there opportunity for some of our business school expansion to look at the Norfolk and the Greater Northeast Nebraska Community.”

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