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Rural Health
News by Topic: Community engagement and volunteerism

Dec 4, 2019 - Highlights a program in rural Kentucky that hosts an open-mic for those with a history of addiction. The culture of recovery program also teaches people how to make stringed instruments and focuses on celebrating the local mountain music heritage rich in Appalachia.
Source: NPR
Oct 31, 2019 - Describes how a CEO of a Critical Access Hospital in rural Oregon has been working to foster a sense of loyalty by hosting a monthly "key leaders breakfast" for community members. As financial and competitive pressures rise, the breakfast is used as a type of promotional event, so if the hospital is ever threatened with closure, the community will fight to keep its doors open.
Source: Health Leaders
Oct 28, 2019 - The National Association of Counties' Rural Action Caucus (RAC) brainstorms how to increase involvement in the 2020 census among rural residents. County representatives discuss increasing participation through education and friendly competition, as federal funding relies on the accuracy of the population count.
Source: National Association of Counties
Oct 23, 2019 - Includes a list of events for the week of National Rural Health Day (November 18 – November 21) from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP). Events include a National Institutes of Health (NIH) seminar, various webinars, Twitter chats, and more.
Source: Health Resources and Services Administration
Oct 22, 2019 - Features small, rural towns in North Dakota at risk of losing their emergency medical services due to minimal funding and shrinking populations. Rural communities often lack the resources to fund equipment and personnel, so EMS agencies across the country rely on volunteers who are already spreading themselves thin.
Source: NBC News