Topics: Families

Confronting Adverse Childhood Experiences to Improve Rural Kids’ Lifelong Health

Buncombe County classroom "Calm Spot"


Studies show that the more adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) one has, the higher the risk of chronic health conditions, anxiety disorders, low life potential, and even early death. A sense of urgency for early intervention spurred one western North Carolina school district and a Native American tribe in Wisconsin to act. Read more about how their programs confront ACEs and build resiliency to overcome them.

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September 20, 2017

Over Tea, South Carolina Girls Learn about Healthy Decisions

Tea Time with Teens participants enjoying tea


Tea Time with Teens is a South Carolina program that taps into the area’s traditions to lower the teen pregnancy rate. While bonding over tea with the women of the community, girls learn how to make healthy decisions and become more confident, capable leaders.

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January 25, 2017

Finding Homes for Rural Foster Children

Rural America needs foster and adoptive homes in each community, with families trained, licensed and ready to care for the town’s own children if the need ever arises.

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November 18, 2013

An Interview with Barb Fabre

Barb Fabre-Ojibwa Nation


An interview with Barb Fabre, an enrolled member of the Ojibwa Nation in Minnesota and director for the White Earth Child Care program, who describes life on the reservation, and the unique challenges facing childcare providers there.

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November 19, 2012

A Matter of Perspective

While the economic downturn may have been a little less noticeable in rural America, the capacity to fully participate in the recovery there is uncertain.

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February 12, 2010

Getting By in Unsettling Times

New Census statistics confirm that rural Americans are doing less well financially than their urban peers and their job status is less secure.

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November 15, 2007