Spring 2013

Rural Hunger

FBST Mobile Food PantryFood Pantries Serving More and More of the Rural Poor
by Candi Helseth
Food pantries and other volunteer operations serve rural households experiencing food insecurity, often for the first time.

Food Programs Aim to Help Specific Populations: Rural Elderly and Children Often the Most Vulnerable to Hunger
by Candi Helseth
Kids’ Cafes, community gardens, backpack programs and mobile pantries target hungry seniors, children and families.

Sidebar: Is Food Insecurity the Same Thing as Hunger?

Sidebar: What is a Food Desert?

Challenges for Human Services

by Kathleen Belanger
Human Services Deserts
Counties without at least one full-time human services employee are “human services deserts,” without a professional who can listen to and coordinate care for people in need.

Look What’s Coming

by Wayne Myers, M.D.
From the Gun Cabinet
After treating many tragic gunshot injuries as a physician, Myers argues that guns need safeguards.

Around the Country

by Candi Helseth
Nuns Help Desperately Poor at Mississippi Medical Clinic
Sister Anne Brooks, D.O., has provided care for the desperately poor at the Tutwiler Clinic for the last 30 years.

White Mountain Apache Housing AuthorityATC Update: Apache Housing Authority Continues to Encourage Home Ownership, Community Pride
An update on the Arizona organization first covered in the Fall 2003 issue, which aimed to build homes on the reservation and foster home ownership.

Rural Spotlight

Clint MacKinney, MD, MSby Beth Blevins
An Interview with Clint MacKinney, M.D.
MacKinney, an emergency room doc, professor and RUPRI Health Panel member, discusses how health care can be transformed to a system of care that responds to patient and community needs.