Feb 14, 2024 - Outlines the Investing in America tour which highlights investment in infrastructure, transportation, closing the digital divide, and more. Includes the kick off of a new Investing in Rural America Event Series.
Source: The White House
Feb 12, 2024 - A proposed bipartisan bill would help rural veterans access healthcare at VA facilities. The bill expands the definition of rural to give more counties eligibility for the VA's Highly Rural Transportation Grant Program.
Source: Office of Senator Susan Collins
Feb 1, 2024 - Discusses a rural transportation program revitalization aiming to decrease the stigma associated with public transportation. Highlights the benefits of the program including accessibility for people with disabilities, affordability, limited environmental impact, and more.
Source: Kenosha County News Flash
Jan 18, 2024 - Highlights the healthcare access challenges in the rural Alabama Black Belt, focusing on the lack of providers in the region and transportation issues faced by the residents. Notes that specialty care in particular may be difficult for rural residents to access.
Source: Alabama Reflector
Jan 5, 2024 - Discusses the federal food benefit commonly known as WIC and challenges in offering and accessing WIC-approved items. Highlights challenges for both vendors and recipients including inventory regulations and transportation issues. WIC-approved stores have decreased, particularly in rural areas.
Source: WHYY, PBS, NPR
Jan 2, 2024 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Business-Cooperative Service invites applications for the Technical Assistance for Rural Transportation (RT) systems grants to provide technical assistance and training to rural communities and Federally Recognized Native American Tribes (FRNAT) to help them improve their passenger transportation services and facilities. Applications are due by April 1, 2024.
Source: Federal Register
Dec 28, 2023 - Discusses the challenges with accessing healthcare in rural Michigan, particularly for pregnant women. Notes distance to care, lack of transportation, and workforce distribution as challenges to offering maternal care.