Category Archives: Family, Home, & Community

Census data, housing. food and drugs.

USDA Highlights $40 Million in Infrastructure Investments in Rural Communities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Community Facilities Direct Loan Program invested $40 million in 31 infrastructure projects in rural communities in 21 states and Puerto Rico. Projects included surface transportation, aviation, ports, water and storm water resources, energy production and generation, and electricity transmission.

A Conversation with Roger Knak

Radio interview with Roger Knak, the CEO of Fairview Regional Medical Center, a Critical Access Hospital in Oklahoma. Discussion includes the work the hospital has done to address patient satisfaction and community health needs and the importance of rural health infrastructure, among other things.

Native Americans Feel Invisible In U.S. Health Care System

Life expectancy for Native Americans is 20 years shorter than the national average. Discusses some potential causes, including the Indian Health Service (IHS) being underfunded, discrimination, high poverty and uninsured rates in Native American communities, limited access to providers, and these various barriers leading people to stop trying to access care.

FCC and National Cancer Institute Champion Critical Role of Broadband in Rural Cancer Care

Announces a Memorandum of Understanding between the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) to increase broadband access and adoption in rural areas. The inaugural project, L.A.U.N.C.H. (Linking and Amplifying User-Centered Networks through Connected Health), is a public-private collaboration to improve broadband health connectivity in Appalachia and will target areas with high cancer mortality and low levels of broadband access.

USDA’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture Invests in the Safety, Health of Farmers

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) awarded six new grants to support farmer health and safety. These grants, funded through the Youth Farm Safety Education and Certification (YFSEC) Program and state and regional AgrAbility initiatives, aim to prevent serious injuries and fatalities associated with farming through education and support.

Sen. Hatch Pushes Bipartisan Effort to Renew Funding for Rural Counties, Schools

Senators Orrin Hatch (R-UT) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) are leading a bi-partisan group of 32 senators advocating for a re-authorization of the Secure Rural Schools (SRS) Program to be included in any legislation proposed before the end of the year. The SRS program, which supports public schools, emergency services, and other essential services for more than 775 rural counties, expired in September of this year.

Two-Thirds of Rural Counties Have Fewer Jobs Today Than in 2007

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, rural counties continue to have fewer job availability than they had before the recession in 2007. 40% of urban counties have fewer jobs than they did in 2007, compared to two-thirds of rural counties. Rural unemployment rates have dropped, but this is because the rural workforce has declined. Includes an interactive map with county-level data.