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As Hurricane Florence Approaches, the Rural Carolinas Brace For Impact
Sep 12, 2018 - Details concerns about emergency preparedness and response in North and South Carolina in the lead up to Hurricane Florence. Because rural areas tend to be home to older, sicker, and poorer people, and because of more limited transportation and broadband access, rural residents may be more severely impacted by this kind of storm.
Source: City Lab
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Low-Income Californians Feel Twice the Burn from Wildfires
Sep 4, 2018 - Discusses the added environmental health risk posed by smoke from wildfires in California to low-income communities which may already face significant risks from existing air pollution. This includes rural communities, many of which are already facing increased respiratory health risks due to the close proximity of agricultural production, oil fields, and more.
Source: Kaiser Health News
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Sick River: Can These California Tribes Beat Heroin and History?
Sep 4, 2018 - Discusses the struggles of several tribes in Northern California related to drug use and environmental factors impacting health, access to food, and economic stability. These issues are intertwined, with the health of the river and the desperation its pollution creates both spiritually and for people who rely on it for subsistence fishing influencing drug use. (May require subscription to view article.)
Source: The New York Times
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RUS: Technical Assistance and Training Grant Program Federal Register
Aug 9, 2018 - USDA's Rural Utilities Service announces an additional application window for the Technical Assistance and Training (TAT) grant program for FY 2018. Applications should emphasize priorities for either a national water and wastewater infrastructure application assistance and project development program or a national apprenticeship/workforce development program. Applications are due by September 10, 2018.
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A Forgotten Health Crisis in Navajo Lands
Jul 24, 2018 - Discusses disparities on the Navajo Nation reservation, including a lack of infrastructure like reliable roads, electricity, cell or landline phone service, and running water. They also have more substandard housing than any tribal lands in the country, with homes often lacking heat, windows, or proper roofs.
Source: Center for Health Journalism
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