News stories from the past 60 days.
Sep 12, 2019 - The Federal Communications Commission has released over $112.2 million to fund the expansion of broadband to rural areas in California, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Minnesota New Mexico, Ohio, Texas, and Wisconsin as part of the Connect America Fund Phase II auction.
Source: Federal Communications Commission
Aug 29, 2019 - Two rural hospitals, one in Ohio and the other in West Virginia, but each within a few miles of one another on neighboring sides of the Ohio River are set to close by early October. Continue financial struggles as a result of low daily census counts and reductions in Medicare payments are cited as contributing factors in both closures.
Source: Healthcare Dive
Aug 27, 2019 - Highlights the way in which much of the Amish population of Holmes County, Ohio pays for healthcare services, through contributions to a community aid plan rather than by participating in Medicare, Medicaid, or other more traditional health insurance options. Everyone contributes to the aid plan and medical bills are paid for members of the church and surrounding churches. Because payment is made very quickly, they are often able to negotiate discounts for services.
Source: WOSU Public Media
Aug 16, 2019 - A cluster of HIV infections in West Virginia is likely due to needle drug use, and may have been exacerbated by the closure of a syringe exchange program in Charleston. The CDC identified 10 counties in the Ohio Valley area of Kentucky, Ohio, and West Virginia as high-risk for HIV outbreaks; health officials are working on expanding harm reduction programs in the area.
Source: Ohio Valley Resource
How Do You Fight High Rates of Cervical Cancer in Appalachia? Researchers Say By Showing Up, Building Trust
Aug 14, 2019 - Rural Appalachia has the highest cancer mortality rate in the U.S. and is initiating an effort to target cervical cancer. The project will incorporate clinics and health centers in the region and focus on HPV screening and vaccination rates, as well as smoking cessation.
Source: 100 Days in Appalachia
Jul 30, 2019 - The Summer Food Bus is one of a number of programs designed to help food insecure counties in Appalachian Ohio. Other programs like the Chesterhill Produce Auction help local farmers and the region's economy.
Source: Civil Eats
Last Updated: 9/16/2019