News stories from the past 60 days.
Jun 12, 2019 - In late 2017, Lakeland Community Hospital, the only emergency care option within an hour of rural Haleyville, Alabama, announced they were going to close. The community stepped up, passing tax increases to purchase the hospital and save it from closing.
May 22, 2019 - A new study, titled Risk Underlying Rural Areas Longitudinal (RURAL) study, will focus on why rural areas in the South have poorer health and shorter life expectancies than other areas of the U.S. The researchers will use a customized van to travel to 10 counties in rural Alabama, Kentucky, Louisiana, and Mississippi over the course of 6 years to learn from communities and study participants.
Source: Boston University Research
May 13, 2019 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $82 million to improve rural water infrastructure in 20 states. The Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program will allow communities with less than 10,000 residents to invest in drinking water, waste disposal, and stormwater drainage systems.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
May 9, 2019 - More than half of Alabama's counties are rural and those rural communities face many challenges to accessing care. Telehealth has become increasingly important in improving rural healthcare access in Alabama, including its use to access neurologists to help reduce stroke mortality rates.
Source: CBS 42
Last Updated: 6/13/2019