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Social Determinants of Health for Rural People News

News stories from the past 60 days.

Rural Food-Stamp Usage Holds Steady While National Rate Declines
Nov 14, 2017 - Use of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) continues to decline nationally, but rural areas have not seen a significant decrease in usage. Details the ways in which SNAP use rates can reflect other economic trends.
Source: The Daily Yonder
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Rural Issues at Heart of RAC Meeting
Oct 16, 2017 - Details the rural issues discussed at the National Association of Counties (NACo) Rural Action Caucus' (RAC) annual symposium. Major issues discussed include health and especially social determinants of health, high-speed internet access, the opioid epidemic, and housing.
Source: National Association of Counties
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For This Rural Cass County Store, Stocking Healthy Means Customers Will Shop Healthy
Oct 5, 2017 - Highlights a program in Missouri that works with small gas stations and corner stores in communities with limited access to grocery stores to provide healthy foods and to position them in the store where they will be seen and used. The stores provide free recipe books with recipes that can be made with food the store offers. Also touches on the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare visiting some of these sites in the hopes of implementing a similar program.
Source: The Kansas City Star
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Analysis of Human Needs Index Shows Unmet Need in Rural America
Sep 28, 2017 - A new report from the Salvation Army and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University found that the level of need in rural states is higher than government measures suggest. This report is based on the Salvation Army's tracking of basic assistance for things like food, clothing, housing, furniture, medical services, and utilities. Potential explanations for this discrepancy include less rural access to government services, a potential preference for local and church-based assistance over government assistance, and persistent unemployment leading rural people to stop looking for jobs, driving down the state's official unemployment rate.
Source: Lilly Family School of Philanthropy
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Last Updated: 11/15/2017