Rural Health News

Food Environment on the Rural Great Plains

Jon M Bailey looks at food access and security in rural and non-rural counties of the Great Plains. 

Food is a major component of health and healthy living. Consumption of healthy foods and a balanced diet will limit obesity, accompanying health issues, and premature death. But not all people have equal access to healthy foods or live in a healthy food environment.

Uninsured Rate Continues to Fall

A July 2015 report from Gallup confirms that the rate of those without health insurance in the US continues to fall to record low levels. The uninsured rate among this country's adults aged 18 and older was 11.4% in the second quarter of 2015, according to Gallup surveys. This is a reduction from 11.9% in the first quarter of 2015.

Part 2: Income Inequality, Health, and the Rural Great Plains

This post is another in a series by Jon M Bailey, former director of rural policy and analysis at the Center, focusing on family economic security, health, and well being.

In a previous post I looked at income inequality as a rural issue and its affect on health, and how, at least in Nebraska, income inequality is a rural issue. This time let’s expand our look to include income inequality in all Great Plains states.

Is Rural America Hazardous to Your Health?

This article was contributed by Jon M. Bailey, former Rural Policy Program Director at the Center for Rural Affairs. 
 
The question is based on a finding that many of the health issues that plagued rural America a decade ago are still prevalent, and in many cases getting worse. Over the past several years the Center for Rural Affairs has documented these issues in a series of reports.
 

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