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The Taos News

JR Logan

18 July 2016

Santa Rosa, New Mexico, United States

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Rural hospitals in New Mexico are isolated and scattered across the state, struggling to support low-income communities who have a difficult time getting access to their health care. In 2014, six hospitals banded toge...

U.S. News & World Report

Joseph P. Williams

22 August 2018

Alabama, United States

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To combat the shortage of rural doctors, Alabama universities are offering rural medicine programs or helping fund the studies of students who commit to rural practice after graduation. Admissions staff also keep in m...

Choteau Acantha

Melody Martinsen

10 January 2018

Choteau, Montana, United States

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Officials in rural Montana towns are trying to find what the correct “formula” is for spurring population growth. The town of Choteau is working with the Montana Economic Developers Association to conduct research ass...

U.S. News & World Report

Gaby Galvin

5 September 2019

Seattle, Washington, United States

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Depending on location and socio-economics, treating childhood cancer looks different for many families. In Washington, organizations are cognizant of this gap and are aiming to eliminate barriers for these families by...

North Carolina Health News

Liora Engel-Smith

8 September 2020

Pender County, North Carolina, United States

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In North Carolina, it can be difficult to attract health care workers to rural areas, but a few counties have seen signs of success from various efforts. Tactics such as using financial incentives, creating a pipeline...

Sentinel Source (The Keene Sentinel)

Kelly Burch

18 September 2020

United States

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Despite the pandemic-induced economic slowdown, three small cities have managed to thrive due to successful economic development plans that have led to “rural rejuvenation” in an effort to attract young families to li...

High Country News

Leah Todd Lin

16 October 2017

Pagosa Springs, Colorado, United States

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Rural counties across the West are grappling with how to entice more young people to remain local, but a few counties demonstrate what it takes to succeed. By focusing on niche tourism industries, education, and housi...

Washington Monthly

Anne Kim

26 August 2018

Kane, Pennsylvania, United States

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One in five Americans lives in a "higher education desert," at least twenty-five miles from the nearest college. To fill the gap, rural counties have created higher education centers or pop-up satellite campuses - one...

The Atlantic

Kristina Rizga

2 October 2018

Oklahoma, United States

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Over the course of her tenure, a third generation Oklahoma teacher transformed the way students at her school engage with STEM education, opening the door for rural white and American Indian students to join the natio...

Struggles from Below Magazine

Oliver Gordon

1 February 2021

Wales

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A housing initiative in Wales is combining affordable housing with ecological sustainability. The One Planet Development policy (OPD) gives residents an exemption to stringent countryside planning laws if they commit ...

Ensia

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Cleo Warner

10 February 2016

Nggaha Oriangu, Nusa Tenggara Timur, Indonesia

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The Indonesian island Sumba is working to provide 100% renewable electricity to all 650,000 residents by 2025.

KNME-PBS

Sarah Gustavus

22 November 2017

Leupp, Arizona, United States

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Entrepreneurs in the Navajo Nation face unique challenges finding talent and funding. One business struggling is the North Leupp Family Farm, which grows healthy food and employees local people. The Native American Bu...

Bozeman Daily Chronicle

Katheryn Houghton

4 February 2018

Sisters, Oregon, United States

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The small town of Sisters, Oregon seemed doomed to being a bedroom community, a place where people lived but worked elsewhere, until the town tried something new. Developers found a creative way to work with the town ...

KUNM

Marisa Demarco

5 April 2018

Taos, New Mexico, United States

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In rural New Mexico, a co-op that has traditionally provided electricity is also providing a new service - internet access. The "digital divide" has been identified as a key hurdle in overcoming poverty; the co-op als...

Seeley Swan Pathfinder

Andi Bourne

12 January 2018

Challis, Idaho, United States

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Challis, Idaho is a small town, where mining and ranching are the main economies - but with employment and revenue down, the town is turning to recreation to bolster the economy. A collaboration between the Great Basi...

High Country News

Leah Todd Lin

30 June 2016

Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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The Access to Critical Cerebral Support Services (ACCESS) program in New Mexico allows Albuquerque specialists to video call into rural hospitals to give advice and direction in the case of stroke victims. The program...

New York Magazine

Martha Pskowski

1 November 2018

Talea de Castro, Oaxaca, Mexico

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Indigenous communities in rural Mexico have typically faced challenges accessing internet and cell phone service. This is changing thanks to TIC, a nonprofit cell service provider. Lower costs, local community managem...

High Country News

Brian Calvert

15 November 2016

Santa Fe, New Mexico, United States

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A number of problems continue to challenge rural agriculture in the western United States. These include connecting people who grow the food with the people that need to eat the food, food waste worsening greenhouse g...

The Story Exchange

Riva Richmond

25 May 2017

Mityana, Mityana District, Uganda

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Though the overall poverty rate has been dropping in recent years, rural communities in Uganda still lack many basic resources, including access to healthy food, toiletries, and economic opportunity. The Network of Wo...

The New York Times

Amy Yee

20 June 2012

Rangkhani, Nepal

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Microhydro power plants are finding their place amongst some of the smallest villages in Nepal, bringing both electricity and industry opportunities to the regions. Although they aren't capable of generating near the ...

West Virginia Public Broadcasting

Mary Meehan

4 March 2019

Wyoming, United States

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In rural parts of Wyoming, many people have trouble accessing mental health care resources, but telemedicine is changing that. Employing graduate students as counselors, people can access a telehealth clinic in order ...

FastCompany

Whitney Pastorek

1 November 2012

India

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In rural communities throughout India, having access to clean water does not always come easy. Sarvajal, originally a non-profit experiment, believes that water insecurity is a solvable issue, however. By helping thos...

The Atlantic

Deborah Fallows

22 June 2019

Danville, Virginia, United States

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A network of member organizations in and around Danville, Virginia tackles the region's health and nutrition pitfalls by relying on the strength of their tight-knit rural towns to donate and distribute health resource...

The New York Times

Amy Yee

4 October 2016

Kakhin Bimile, Dhaka Division, Bangladesh

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Infrastructure Development Company Limited (Idcol), a government-backed Bangladeshi energy and infrastructure group, is helping bring solar power to homes in rural Bangladesh that once relied on dangerous kerosene or ...

U.S. News & World Report

Katelyn Newman

17 July 2019

Alabama, United States

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Close collaboration between stakeholders in a community allows rural health centers to remain in operation. With the failure of many rural hospitals across the United States, medical providers, nonprofit organizations...

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