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In Vermont, a significant social determinant of health is rurality. Barriers to healthcare services include distance to providers, lack of integration with social services, and failure to recognize community needs.

Integration and robust collaboration between healthcare and social services can likely improve outcomes for individuals who have high utilization of both categories of services.

Understanding relationships between healthcare and social services may provide an important framework for translating interventional research to rural communities to improve health equity.

Project Goal: To understand barriers affecting collaboration between social service providers and community health providers in order to promote research-based improvements in health outcomes in rural populations.


Kaplan, Nancy

Northern New England Clinical & Translational Research Network

Carney, Jan K.

Larner College of Medicine


Northern New England Clinical & Translational Research Network


Educational and Community-Based Programs, Health Communication and Health Information Technology, Public Health Infrastructure, Social Determinants of Health

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Bridging the Gap: Improving the relationship between social service organizations and healthcare providers