The Nick Simons Institute works to change perceptions and policies that affect the rural health care worker. Advocacy and NSI’s other programs complement each other. Advocacy urges policy changes that will augment training and rural staff support. Field work provides ‘on-ground-information’ that makes advocacy credible.
Although health care workers are essential members of every rural community – and local people realize this – often times the government and general public living in the cities don’t appreciate the role of rural workers nor realize the situations they work under.
Some key advocacy issues are
NSI works through a number of mechanisms to advocate for rural health care workers: radio, print, and public speaking; worker conferences and newsletters; and knocking on the doors of policy makers.