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The Veterans Administration is still on shaky ground with medical appointment wait times. Officials say new telehealth facilities will help improve veterans’ access to healthcare.
Rural Americans have have fewer doctors, specialists and hospitals than those who live in cities. It also appears that insurers are working against them.
Rural communities cannot thrive when addiction eats away at their foundations, says Kentucky’s state director of USDA Rural Development.
While the current conversation surrounding drug use is dominated by opioids, residents in North Carolina’s Appalachians say meth has always been there.
While the U.S. is meeting its goals to reduce child mortality, rural children don’t have an equal chance of living into adulthood. The problem is especially pronounced for rural children who are Black or Native American/Alaska Natives.
Three of the five winners of this year’s Culture of Health Prize are small towns or rural areas.
Thursday’s national celebration will be observed by organizations across the country. Events include release of the “Community Star” booklet, free online screen of “The Provider” documentary, and discussion.
To tackle a growing problem among young people, and fewer mental health professionals in rural areas, school leaders have joined a pilot project where students can talk with mental health therapists via two-way video chat