Topics: Food security and nutrition

For more information and resources, see RHIhub’s Rural Hunger and Access to Healthy Food topic guide.

One Health: Bringing Health to Humans, Animals, and the Environment

CDC One Health infographic


Wondering about animal-to-human diseases? Or human medical conditions related to the environment? Federal experts join health educators to talk about how understanding a One Health approach for human, animal, and environmental health can be helpful for rural healthcare organizations.

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October 14, 2020

Wabanaki Public Health Serves Native People, Community, and Culture During COVID-19 Crisis


Tribal communities have been hit especially hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Serving the four federally recognized tribes in Maine, Wabanaki Public Health is taking a stand to address these disparities. A recipient of the Rural Tribal COVID Response (RTCR) grant, they have implemented a number of programs to meet the needs of their communities, providing support by reinforcing cultural connection even in the most difficult of times.

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September 30, 2020

Pennsylvania Hospital Transitions HRSA-Funded Program to Online Services and Addresses COVID-19 Stress

Regional Alliance Chronic Disease Coordination and Management Program


Butler Memorial Hospital in Pennsylvania received a HRSA Rural Health Care Services Outreach grant to develop a program for chronic disease patients. Partway through the grant cycle, the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The hospital shares how it was able to transition its program services to an online format and develop new initiatives to address stress in the healthcare workforce and the larger community.

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July 1, 2020

Rural Farmers Market Promotes Food Security

Two young customers of the Allegan Farmers Market


About one in seven Americans struggles with hunger, and rural communities seem to be hit especially hard. The Allegan Farmers Market is helping its low-income, senior, and other nutritionally at-risk populations gain access to Michigan-grown produce through a variety of incentives. These incentives include free transportation and Double Up Food Bucks that matches SNAP participants’ spending.

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September 21, 2016

Change from the Inside Out: Ohio Wellness Program Inspires Healthy Bodies Through Healthy Minds

Dr. McKnight teaching the Fit for Life course


A unique wellness program in rural Ohio has impacted nearly 2,000 adults. Participants of Trinity Hospital Twin City’s Fit for Life program have reversed their diabetes, lowered cholesterol, lost weight, and are even sleeping better. The secret lies in Dr. Timothy McKnight’s curriculum that centers around a change of mindset to spur long-term physical health.

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August 24, 2016

The Reverend’s Revolution: A Kid-First Approach to Community Health

Reverend Richard Joyner


By teaching youth how to better their health and economic situation, Reverend Richard Joyner has inspired the Conetoe community to make lasting changes. Read more about how the Conetoe Family Life Center’s garden camp and partnerships with local hospitals have revolutionized the health of northeast North Carolina.

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June 29, 2016

Meeting the Needs of the Whole Child through CATCH

CATCH student Brianna Hale with CATCH character


Across the nation, 11,000 sites are using The Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH), the most widespread coordinated school health program in the world. This article focuses on one Illinois region that has engaged 76% of their elementary schools in healthy eating and physical activity through CATCH.

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April 13, 2016

Providing Patients with Access to Nutritious Food

Tray of food prepared by Fairview Hospital's foodservice


Money, distance, and lack of education are just a few barriers between rural Americans and nutritious food. Find out how a Critical Access Hospital, a prescription program, and a research project are creating tangible examples of how to promote nutrition and increase patients’ access to healthy food.

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March 30, 2016