Purpose/Hypothesis: The American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) advocates to reduce health disparities, improve access to health care services, and address the healthcare needs of individuals at a local and global effort.1 Throughout the United States, individuals living in rural areas have increased health disparities and limited access to healthcare when compared to their urban counterparts.2 Research has been conducted focusing on rural health disparities in individuals with neurologic conditions, and on the importance of community-based programs, but at this time, limited studies exist combining the three topics. There is a continued need to determine the importance and effectiveness of community-based programs to address limited access to education and healthcare in rural communities. Central Michigan University’s (CMU) doctoral program in physical therapy (DPT) is located in two rural communities within Michigan (Mt. Pleasant in the lower peninsula and Houghton in the upper peninsula). The DPT program offers several community outreach programs that provide education, support, and interaction for individuals who have chronic neurologic conditions. The purpose of this study was to explore the impact of community-based outreach programs on community members with neurologic conditions from the rural communities of Mount Pleasant and Houghton, Michigan. Number of Subjects: 27 Materials and Methods: 27 Participants; 19 participants from the Mount Pleasant region and 8 participants from the Houghton satellite campus in the state of Michigan. A qualitative study was conducted in a physical therapy clinical setting. Participants were involved in a community outreach program with DPT students. A twelve-question survey and semi-structured interview were completed by three DPT students in the two rural locations. A constant comparative method was used to analyze interview data and identify themes. Results: The results from 27 participants indicated transportation distance to CMU’s community-based programs averaged 15 miles, distance to see their neurologist averaged 110 miles, and distance to see their movement disorder specialist averaged 100 miles. The four major themes from participating in the outreach programs were: improvements in the participant’s mood and motivation, increased awareness/education to manage their condition, enjoyment in helping DPT students learn, and provided a supportive environment for participants to cope with their condition. Conclusions: Community members living with chronic neurologic conditions from rural communities in Michigan were positively impacted by community outreach programs associated with a DPT program. Community outreach programs offered by CMU DPT students provided key elements often lacking in rural communities. Clinical Relevance: DPT programs providing this type of outreach may be one solution to improving care and access to those living with chronic neurological conditions in rural communities.