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In the evening of April 13, 2006, my hometown, Iowa City, Iowa, got hit with a major tornado. It uprooted trees, overturned cars and semis, took the steeple off one of the city’s oldest Catholic Churches, and destroyed 35...
David Ralston, Georgia’s Speaker of the House, has his share of problems. While his state leads as the “Top State for Business” for the sixth year in a row, it has failed miserably when it comes to maternal mortality...
For several months in 2015, disgruntled patients in the emergency department at Ellenville Regional Hospital, a 25-bed facility in rural Ulster County, New York, were giving President and CEO Steven Kelley an earful about his staff. Kelley says a...

The Maven Project

As medical director of the Barrier Islands Free Medical Clinic in Johns Island, South Carolina, Richard Ulmer, MD., knows the challenges patients in rural areas face when it comes to receiving appropriate medical care and accessing physician specialists. The clinic,...
As those of you who read RHQ know, I am want from time to time to drive the roadways of West Texas. I call it my "windshield survey time." I usually stop at a local coffee shop or eatery,...
Imagine practicing in a rural area. Things are going along relatively smoothly, with the joys of day-to-day practice outweighing the challenges. Then suddenly, your area is cut in two, and a good chunk of your population can’t access health...
Glyphosate is one of the most popular and notorious herbicides used in the United States. Glyphosate was patented – under the name of Roundup – by the agrochemical giant Monsanto (now owned by Bayer AG) in 1974 and has...
Rural America produces most of the food in the United States, yet, remarkably, rural Americans struggle with food insecurity more than their urban counterparts. Rural counties make up 63% of all U.S. counties, but they account for 78% of...
Food insecurity. That’s a new term for many. In a fashion, it means not knowing where your next meal is coming from. It can also mean not having access to the kinds of food that your body needs or...

Down on the Farm

Diane Rohlman, an associate professor at the University of Iowa College of Public Health, made a tough appeal to the audience at the Iowa Women’s Landowner Conference last summer: “Raise your hand if you have ever thought about suicide,...
In late June, Governor Ned Lamont signed legislation that made Connecticut the latest state to allow dentists to hire dental therapists. The trend is part of an effort to expand oral health care to underserved communities. Like dental hygienists, dental...
David Holcombe, medical director for Region 6 of the Louisiana Office of Public Health, recalls the day he received the 2015 statistics from the Bureau of Family Health. “I went beserk and immediately wrote an article for the local...
Back in 2014, Linda Jablonski and her fellow nurses at The Birthplace made a startling observation: the percentage of substance-exposed newborns had nearly doubled since the previous year. Seven percent of the newborns delivered in their midwifery-based maternity care...

VA MISSION Act

According to the most recent US Census, an estimated 18.2 million veterans are living in the United States, with roughly 4.7 million veterans residing in rural areas. Veterans who live in rural areas often have less access to care...