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News stories from the past 60 days.

May 10, 2023 - Describes challenges with providing healthcare in rural locations with focus on workforce shortages. Notes that rural medical students are 5 times more likely to practice rural than urban students. A partnership between CentraCare and the University of Minnesota Medical School led to the creation of a rural campus for undergraduate and graduate medical education. Also discusses the need to attract rural residents into healthcare careers beginning in elementary school. 5% of medical school enrollees are rural and fewer than 0.5% of enrollees are rural students of color.
Source: West Central Tribune
May 2, 2023 - Examines lack of access to recovery services in rural Minnesota, noting that withdrawal services are particularly difficult to find. Withdrawal and detox services are a first step for many seeking addiction recovery services and lack of access can be a barrier to progressing in recovery. Highlights the services that are available at different stages of the recovery process.
Source: The Globe
Apr 28, 2023 - Describes a Minnesota residency program that increases the competency of rural sexual assault nurse examiners. The residency is housed at an urban Minnesota hospital where the volume of sexual assault victims is higher than in rural hospitals. Program participants are able to take the skills learned back to their rural communities. The program is a partnership with the University of Minnesota and is part of a three year grant covering participant costs, mentorship, and training. Training focuses on trauma-informed questioning.
Source: Star Tribune
Apr 13, 2023 - Highlights initiatives in rural communities in Maine, Minnesota, and Kentucky that are benefiting from impact investing, which prioritizes community development over financial returns.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Apr 13, 2023 - Highlights ways in which Spring Grove, Minnesota planned to create a community center that would not only serve as a hub for residents but also make young people feel like they belong and that there's a place for them in the community. In the summer of 2022, Spring Grove was selected as a recipient to the Citizens' Institute on Rural Design, an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Housing Assistance Council.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Apr 10, 2023 - The Helmsley Charitable Trust is equipping first responders in communities across rural states in the Midwest and West with automated external defibrillators (AEDs), to enhance rural healthcare. The trust has provided over $60 million in funding for more than 25,000 AEDs to local law enforcement agencies in Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, Nebraska, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming, and Nevada.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Apr 4, 2023 - A new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Economic Research Service found that personal and professional relationships were crucial to recruiting and retaining healthcare professionals in rural areas. The study examined 150 small rural towns with a population between 2,500-20,000 in Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin.
Source: The Daily Yonder

Last Updated: 5/10/2023