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News stories from the past 60 days.

Report: Nitrate in Drinking Water a Costly Problem for Small, Rural Cities
Oct 2, 2018 - Focuses on a rural Minnesota town dealing with dangerous levels of nitrates in their drinking water to address the national issue. According to a new report, nitrate contamination in drinking water is worse in rural communities which are less likely to be able to afford to fix the problem.
Source: MPR News
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IHS Awards Tribal Management Grants to Support Tribal Self-Determination
Oct 1, 2018 - The Indian Health Service (IHS) has awarded grants to develop and improve tribal capacity to manage health programs. More than $1.4 million will be distributed through the Tribal Management Grant Program to 11 tribes and tribal organizations in 9 states.
Source: Indian Health Service
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USDA Partners to Improve Electric Infrastructure for More Than 347,000 Rural Americans Across 13 States
Sep 19, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is investing $398.5 million through the Electric Infrastructure Loan Program to improve rural electric service in 13 states. This includes investments in smart grid technology to increase system efficiencies.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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How Hospitals Are Addressing the Needs of Underserved Children
Sep 4, 2018 - Highlights three hospitals from around the country that work to improve the health of underserved children, two of which are in rural areas. Winona Health in Minnesota holds Healthy Kids events to reduce childhood obesity through physical activity in play environments. FirstHealth in North Carolina has established three dental care centers to increase access to oral healthcare.
Source: American Hospital Association
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Caring for Children, Elders in Rural Areas Hits Working Caregivers Harder
Aug 17, 2018 - Details the findings of a new study that found that workers in rural areas who take care of an ailing adult or child have less support at the workplace to help them manage their dual roles than workers in urban areas. More than 43 million Americans provide help for a family member of friend, and these numbers are expected to increase with the aging baby boomers. This is especially concerning for rural areas, which are aging at a faster rate and have higher disability rates than urban areas.
Source: Star Tribune
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Last Updated: 10/4/2018