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Rural Nerds: Counting on Better Health

This week our Throwback Thursday - #tbt - Top 10 Rural Research Reports rundown focuses on our health care research.

We're nerdishly modest, but it's no exaggeration to say we were among the first rural organizations to focus on health care. You'll see why as our countdown continues with number 8.

Four Ways to Address Income Inequity on the Rural Great Plains

Data show that rates of income inequality are high in rural counties of the Great Plains region, and generally significantly higher than urban areas of the region, particularly compared to suburban areas of the major cities of the region. This handful of policy responses can begin to address income inequality and make an economic system that works better for low-income individuals and families.

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.

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