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Rural America has a higher proportion of vulnerable populations and more barriers to much-needed resources to keep its communities healthy.
Business growth in rural communities is falling behind that of other communities; this trend must be reversed in order to foster resilience.
Policies to improve soil health and sequester carbon can drive an additional $8 billion annually to rural communities and create close to $22,000 a year in added revenue for the average family farm.
Rural hospitals struggle financially with lower patient volumes, higher rates of uncompensated care, and physician shortages.
If federal and state polices are instituted to remove immigration and licensing barriers, immigrant doctors will be able to better serve rural communities, reducing physician shortages and improving health care access.
Federal and state agencies need to take action to ensure that all communities are prepared for the next wildfire season.
Federal and state agencies need to ensure that vulnerable communities are able to recover during and after the next wildfire.
In order to afford all Americans access to higher education, policymakers must recognize how geography and race affect students’ attainment of postsecondary degrees.
Land conservation and access can help states grow this critical sector.
Improved access to quality child care would support economic security in rural communities, which have unique child care needs.
Inclusive progressive solutions are key to addressing the structural racism of previous U.S. farm policies—something that nearly wiped out black farmers.
A new analysis of child care supply in every U.S. neighborhood finds that approximately half the country has too few licensed child care options.
The small Nebraskan towns of Lexington and Madison offer encouraging examples of how proactivity and practicality can help communities embrace the nation’s multicultural destiny and emerge stronger for their collective efforts.
Immigrants are playing a key role in reviving and growing many rural communities and with the right policies could play an even bigger role in sustaining them.