I believe that rural development is a social justice issue that needs to be addressed, funded and championed.
97% of U.S. Land Mass is rural.
60 Million U.S. Citizens Live in rural areas.
(via US Census Bureau)
Rural communities face challenges on many fronts. In the United States, 15.8 million rural residents lack access to broadband. With 85 rural hospitals closing across the United States since 2010, many rural residents lack access to healthcare. Moreover the access to mental health professionals in rural areas is slim; 65% of rural counties don’t have a psychiatrist, 47% don’t have a psychologist and 81% don’t have a psychiatric nurse practitioner. As many rural areas continue to shrink and age, communities are tasked with prioritizing retention and recruitment.
Rural communities are vital to the success of the nation as a whole. I believe that rural development is a social justice issue that needs to be addressed, funded and championed. So, how am I contributing to the fight for rural? Through my internship with the Rural Futures Institute, I elevate voices around rural challenges and opportunities.
The Future Starts Tomorrow
Rural Futures with Dr. Connie Podcast
Catch Up With Chuck
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