The state of water quality in Flint, Mich. has been of high interest in recent years, but rural areas around the state are also struggling to provide safe drinking water. According to Michigan’s chapter of the Sierra Club, rural areas...
A bill that could expand telemedicine to include counseling for substance abuse disorders is advancing in the Maryland General Assembly. There has been a growing push for the the adoption of telemedicine for the treatment of substance abuse disorders to help...
The shortage of E.M.T.s needed to serve Maine’s rapidly aging population has created a bit of a crisis in the state, but an unusual program is turning that crisis into opportunity for underemployed immigrants with a medical background. Southern Maine...
The 2017 County Health Rankings recently released by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) finds a continued rural and urban divide in U.S. health outcomes. Kentucky is home to the least healthy counties in the country. Of the 30 factors...
An public health plan created by Iowa state officials to manage HIV/AIDS is now a national case study on how to effectively meet the needs of rural residents with HIV. About a third of Iowa residents living with HIV/AIDS live in...
The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs and the Purdue Center for Regional Development have produced an online data platform called Rural Indiana Stats. Resources available on ruralindianastats.com include population data as well as economic, health and cultural attributes of counties. It...
The University of Kansas Health System will employ a new technology to serve select rural Kansas hospitals. The hospitals are among the 40 rural Kansas hospitals served by the system’s Kansas Heart and Stroke Collaborative program. In 2015, Redivus Health created...
The USDA is awarding $19.3 million in loans to provide broadband, distance learning and telemedicine services to rural portions of Illinois and Oklahoma. In Oklahoma, Southern Plains Cable, LLC will receive a $15.3 million loan to build a fiber-optic broadband network serving...
To help change the shortage of primary physicians in Idaho, the proposed Idaho College of Osteopathic Medicine will give special admission consideration to Idahoans who come from rural Idaho towns to increase the number of primary physicians who want...
A Georgia House committee has unanimously endorsed an idea to take a close look into how Georgia lawmakers could help struggling rural communities. “I want this council to look at the big picture and recommend legislative actions that can empower...
Through its national initiative Creative Forces: NEA Military Healing Arts Network, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is adding clinical sites in Florida and three other states to provide creative arts therapies for service members, veterans and families...
Children born in four largely rural New Jersey counties may have been impacted before birth by coal emissions from a power plant along the Delaware River in Pennsylvania, researchers say. Researchers at Lehigh University found a significant increase in these counties in...
The Colorado legislature passed a resolution to declare March 8 “Protecting Rural Hospitals Day,” but budgetary constraints are worrying rural health leaders. Colorado hospitals face a reduction of up to $390 million in Medicaid funding under a fee that Gov. John...
California's Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is campaigning for Governor by calling for universal health care across the state, based in part on the program he signed into law when he was mayor of San Francisco. Newsom said not all of what...