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Top news stories from the past 60 days. For more, see news by topic or news by state.

Sep 8, 2021 - Reports on rural COVID-19 vaccinations as of September 2, noting a 9% increase over 2 weeks. Provides county and state maps with vaccination data and a chart tracking metro and rural vaccination rates nationwide from mid-April to September 2.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Sep 7, 2021 - Reports on 2020 U.S. Census findings that overall, rural counties lost 1.1% of population from 2010-2020. Notes that 2/3 of rural counties lost population while 1/3 gained population and that losses were concentrated in the Great Plains, Midwest, and the Southern Black Belt regions. Offers a county-level map depicting population gains and losses and charts outlining population change by county type.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Sep 3, 2021 - Announces funding of more than $116 million to support community health worker (CHW) programs in the first of a 3-year, $348 million program. Funding will support states, tribes and tribal organizations, localities, territories, and other community health service providers as they address disparities in COVID-19 related services, chronic disease, and community needs including access to healthcare, mental health services, and food security.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Sep 1, 2021 - Highlights nurse workforce shortages in rural hospitals and the challenges of recruiting nurses in the face of the COVID-19 Delta variant. Discusses state legislative actions to respond to staffing shortages, hiring incentives, and salary increases. Notes that 60% of areas that experience shortages of health professionals are rural.
Source: Stateline, Pew Charitable Trusts
Sep 1, 2021 - Reports on COVID-19 infection and mortality rates for rural areas in the week of August 22-28, finding that new infections were 1/3 higher in rural counties than in urban counties. Notes that 14.4% of all infections occur in rural areas but that 16.2% of COVID-related deaths occur in rural populations. Provides infection and mortality charts and maps with county data for all states except Nebraska.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Aug 31, 2021 - Reports on declining life expectancy in rural areas that also saw losses of manufacturing jobs, focusing on a rural North Carolina community. Discusses trends in deaths of despair, the connection between health and education level, and limited access to healthy foods.
Source: WFAE 90.7
Aug 31, 2021 - Reports on rural and urban COVID-19 vaccination rates as of August 26, noting the largest single-week rise in rural vaccinations since mid-July. Highlights the gap between rural vaccinations, which are at 38.3%, and metropolitan rates of vaccination at 49.1%. Offers state and county level data maps and a chart comparing each state's metro and rural vaccination rates.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Aug 26, 2021 - Describes rural COVID-19 infection and mortality rates for the week of August 15-21, reporting that new infections climbed 18%, deaths by nearly 70%, and that the rural infection rate is 25% higher than in metro areas. Notes that 2/3 of new infections were concentrated in Southern states. Offers maps with state and county-level data for all states except Nebraska.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Aug 25, 2021 - Describes the challenges of accessing mental healthcare in rural areas, with a focus on Missouri and farmer mental health. Highlights barriers including provider shortages, insurance issues, stigma associated with therapy, broadband access, and transportation. Offers a map with state-level information on the percentage of mental health needs met, noting that Missouri has less than 6% of its mental health needs met with all 99 of its rural counties experiencing a shortage of mental health professionals.
Source: Flatland
Aug 25, 2021 - Reports on an increase to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP) benefit of, on average, $36.24 per person, per month. Notes that in 2012-2016, 16% of rural households were enrolled in SNAP, and points out the significant percentage of persistent-poverty counties that are nonmetro. Discusses SNAP's economic impacts and the importance of food security to health and nutrition.
Source: The Daily Yonder

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