Rural America

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African American women in the South’s rural areas are less likely to suffer from depression than those who live in Southern urban areas.  That’s according to a new study from the University of Michigan.  The study uses data from the National Survey of American Life to examine how poverty and low education affect mental illness in black and white women living in the rural South.  

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Western Illinois University's Illinois Institute of Rural Affairs has found people living in small communities in the state have a gloomy outlook for their future.

The institute’s Director Christopher Merrett said rural areas are often overlooked in comparison to more urban places like Chicago and his team is investigating ways to bring life back to these small towns.


An increase in Medicaid services and a decline in the private insurance market in rural Kentucky has hit rural hospitals hard, according to State Auditor Adam Edelen. / Horses and Hope

The group Horses and Hope and partners are seeking funds for a 40 foot mobile cancer screening unit to travel to underserved areas of the Commonwealth.

The Rural Domestic Preparedness Consortium (RDPC) is bringing a FREE Department of Homeland Security-certified course on Responding to the Functional Needs Populations of Rural America to Grand Rivers, Kentucky on January 24th. It's the first time this kind of training has been in our region. The deadline for registration for this program is Thursday, January 10. Glenda is the course instructor.