Next Avenue has released a new special report, "Strengthening Rural Health Care for Older Adults," which is presented by The John A. Hartford Foundation.

Vast disparities exist between the health care available to older adults in rural communities as compared to that available to their urban counterparts. Over the next six months, the special report will explore the specific - and often under-reported - challenges of health care for older adults in rural communities.

The report will feature stories on innovative solutions to health challenges that are making a difference, including using telemedicine to reach specialists, creating new transit programs that can support people with disabilities, and utilizing statewide prescription drug monitoring systems to address the opioid epidemic.

To go to Next Avenue's special report, click here.