Rural Fallout

Doug Provaw, a 94-year-old who lives in Ames, Iowa, remembers receiving a chemistry set in the mail when he was in high school. A self-described “science geek,” growing up in rural Iowa, Provaw said he was in “pig heaven”...
People living in rural communities have unique health and health care challenges.  They are more likely to have limited access to affordable and quality care, they experience health inequities and high rates of chronic disease, and are confronted with...
Workforce statistics such as one conducted by the Physician Workforce in Texas Study (PDF) found that 35 counties in Texas did not have any physicians, 80 counties had less than five physicians, 185 did not have obstetric providers, 185...
In June, Arkansas began rolling out Medicaid work requirements. This change in eligibility requires regular online reporting of hours worked, despite the fact that the state ranks 48th in the country for internet access and 44th for poverty. After the first...
The University of Arizona Health Sciences has been awarded two grants totaling $3.9 million for efforts that will help improve health care access for rural and underserved communities. The Arizona Area Health Education Centers and Advanced Nursing Education Workforce grants will total $2.5 million...
Uncertainty for Alaska’s rural health care and telecommunications providers has been reduced after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) increased its Rural Health Care program budget and approved funding of Alaska Communications’ contracts. The program’s previous $400 million cap was set in...
Primary care nurse practitioners will train to work in rural and underserved areas of Alabama under a new program in the University of Alabama’s Capstone College of Nursing. BAMA-Care will recruit and enroll nurse practitioner students over a two-year period...
Maternity care in rural America is disappearing fast. Between 2004 and 2014, 9 percent of rural counties lost hospital obstetric services. Now, more than half of our nation’s rural counties lack such services. Despite 15 percent of the nation’s...
Health is fundamental to individuals, families and the economy. As Julio Frenk wrote in Harvard International Review, "Good health reduces poverty, protects family assets, improves educational performance, increases labor productivity, enhances the investment climate and, through all of these things,...
When Laurie* moved to rural western Colorado, she thought she had found a tranquil oasis to rest and die. The then-32-year-old was sober and living with HIV, but her health was waning and the mid-1990’s HIV medications were taking...
“Black lives matter.”  “Blue lives matter.”  “All lives matter.” These are slogans associated with recent events that speak to the value of life from differing vantage points. It's unfortunate that these conversations still need to be had regarding systemic biases...
Out on the South Plains of Texas where I work, most farmers will tell you not to plant until after Easter. That’s because the threat of a late freeze is negligible, the winds generally begin to die down, and...
On March 26, 2018, only three days before questions were officially submitted for use in the 2020 census, U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross announced that a question on citizenship would be included on the 2020 decennial census...
Refusing to accept the trauma, alcoholism, diabetes and mental illness that has hindered generations of Native Americans before them, students at Blackfeet Community College in Montana are searching for answers in the vials of blood, sweat and saliva they...