News stories from the past 60 days.
Mar 15, 2023 - The rate of homelessness and housing insecurity rose faster in rural places than the country at large over the past two years. Community-based organizations like the Gary Leif Navigation Center in Roseburg, Oregon and Kentucky River Community Care in eastern Kentucky are in a position to offer solutions.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Mar 13, 2023 - Describes how black lung cases have tripled in central Appalachia and progressive massive fibrosis has increased tenfold among long-term miners since 2005. Discusses how regulations allow miners to be exposed to twice as much airborne silica as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration permits for workers in other industries.
Source: The Daily Yonder and Kaiser Health News
Feb 21, 2023 - The Families First Coronavirus Response Act, which required states to allow Medicaid recipients to stay enrolled even if their eligibility changed, will end on April 1. Healthcare officials worry about how the loss of Medicaid reimbursements will affect the financial health of their hospitals. The loss of the federal revenue is expected to be particularly hard on rural hospitals.
Source: Pennsylvania Capital-Star
Biden-Harris Administration Provides $262 Million to Improve Access to Jobs, Health Care and Infrastructure Across the Rural Partners Network
Feb 15, 2023 - Announces that the U.S. Department of Agriculture is providing $262 million to improve access to jobs, health care, and infrastructure for people in historically underserved communities across the Rural Partners Network. The The funding will support 68 projects in Alaska, Arizona, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Puerto Rico.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
Feb 6, 2023 - A Kentucky organization is launching an app called Raising Hope that will help farmers and rural residents find resources to evaluate their mental health status and connect them to mental health services.
Source: Hoptown Chronicle
Jan 25, 2023 - Researchers from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute and Vanderbilt University Medical Center conducted a long-term study of 27,115 adults in 12 southeastern states, and found that adults living in rural areas have a 19% higher risk of developing heart failure compared to their urban counterparts. Rural Black men participating in the study had a 34% higher risk of heart failure compared to urban Black men.
Source: National Institutes of Health
Last Updated: 3/15/2023