Rural America

‘It Didn’t Really Stick With Me’: Understanding the Rural Shrug Over Covid and Vaccines

Fort Scott, Kansas, was hit hard by the pandemic, and it no longer has a hospital. But residents remain skeptical about the impact of the coronavirus.

How One State’s Public Health Defunding Led to Vaccination Chaos

The situation in Missouri is contributing to racial inequity with vaccinations and forcing some people to drive hours to get shots.

Pandemic Drains Hospital Finances

Rural hospitals are expected to suffer the most.

How 18 Million Americans Could Move Into Rural Areas – Without Leaving Home

COMMENTARY | A pending proposal would reclassify dozens of communities from metropolitan to rural, potentially affecting their eligibility for certain federal funding and programs.

Queer in the Country: Why Some LGBTQ Americans Prefer Rural Life to Urban ‘Gayborhoods’

COMMENTARY | Research finds many LGBTQ people in rural areas view their sexual identity substantially differently from their urban counterparts – and question the merits of gay life in cities.

Rural Americans in Pharmacy Deserts Hurting for Covid Vaccines

Dozens of rural counties across the U.S. lack pharmacies, creating an added challenge for vaccination programs.

‘It’s Patchwork’: Rural Teachers Struggle to Connect in Pandemic

Some teachers are hand-delivering reading material to students’ homes.

Rural Communities Are Finally Getting Attention. So Where Do We Go from Here?

COMMENTARY | Despite a recent groundswell of interest, rural America still has unique challenges ahead.

Internet and Phone Services in Rural Texas Threatened as State Slashes Subsidies for Providers

A state fund that subsidizes rural network service is bleeding money. Now the state is drastically cutting the amount of money that it typically pays out to these service providers.

Rural Health Care is in Crisis—Here are Five Innovative Ways Biden Can Help it Transform

COMMENTARY | Twenty percent of the nation's population lives in rural areas, which in recent years have seen hospital closures and other health care challenges. The solutions will require more than just focusing on expanding broadband or insurance coverage.

With Fewer Resources, Rural America Tackles Vaccine Distribution

Rural clinics face unique challenges in connecting perishable vaccines with residents who often live miles away.

Farmers Can be Isolated and Unsure How to Seek Support. One State is Trying to Help.

Farmers in Wisconsin can access a 24-hour hotline, free counseling and, soon, virtual support groups. It's all part of a state-funded wellness program focused on the agricultural community.

Poll: Growing Share of Americans Would Choose Towns, Rural Areas Over Cities, Suburbs

A Gallup poll found 48% of Americans in 2020 preferred to live in towns or rural areas, compared to 39% in 2018.

Will Rising Temperatures Make Superweeds Even Stronger?

Widely used herbicides are struggling to kill some weeds. Some experts think heat could be part of the problem.

What Happened When the Only ER Doctor in a Rural Town Got COVID

The pandemic has been particularly lethal in rural areas.

To Expand Broadband, States Should Figure Out Where It Isn't Available

A new report from the National Governors Association suggests states shouldn't just rely on the FCC to identify underserved areas, as well as use existing infrastructure and federal funding to increase connectivity in rural and low-income areas.

Rural Areas Send Their Sickest Patients to Cities, Straining Hospitals

Critically ill rural patients are often sent to city hospitals for high-level treatment and, as their numbers grow, some urban hospitals are buckling under the added strain.

Rural Public Health Staff Strained by Covid Surge, Public Backlash

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Covid-19 Patients Swamp Rural Hospitals

Hospitals are better prepared. But winter is likely to be brutal.

Rural Vacation Towns Made It Through the Summer. Now What?

Shutdowns left businesses and governments with big holes to fill.