A comprehensive health action plan that focuses on solutions for the many roots of well-being disparities displayed in North Carolina’s 60 rural counties is receiving a thumbs up from the Bladen County Health Department’s director. Curt Vincent, Bladen Journal, August 28, 2014
The resistance to Medicaid expansion is a slow-motion disaster for poor rural areas. It deprives them of treatment and takes a toll in jobs forgone and lives lost.
After becoming pregnant unexpectedly, single mother-to-be Maegan Gomez thought long and hard about how her life was about to change. And despite her close relationship with her parents and extended family, she knew she didn’t have all the answers. Gomez was also more than a little afraid.
On Monday, August 18, 2014, the North Carolina Institute of Medicine Task Force on Rural Health released the first comprehensive North Carolina Rural Health Action Plan that sets forth recommendations to reduce health disparities and increase economic stability across North Carolina’s rural communities. bladenjournal.com, August 19,2014
On August 16, 2014, a 20-year old playground was transformed into a kid-designed playspace in less than eight hours with support from the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust (@KateBReynolds) and the help of more than 200 volunteers from all over Rockingham County. rceno.com, August 18, 2014
The 2.2 million people who live in the state’s 60 rural counties are more likely to be sick and to lead shorter lives than their urban counterparts, but the health gap can be narrowed by focusing on seemingly unrelated issues, according to the final report released Monday, August 18, 2014 from a statewide task force on improving rural health.
One in five North Carolinians, almost 2.2 million people, live in 60 rural counties. Rural North Carolina has a rich cultural and industrial heritage, people who are self-reliant and innovative, and a strong sense of community. But people from rural communities are less likely to have access to health services, are more likely to engage in risky health behaviors and have a higher mortality rate on average than North Carolinians living in non-rural areas.
Community leaders from across Halifax and Warrren counties recently introduced the Roanoke Valley Community Health Initiative. It is part of the larger 5-year 'Get Fit, Stay Fit Roanoke Valley' campaign designed to aid residents of the 2 counties to become healthier, and is supported with funding from the Trust. Jenny Gray, rrdailyherald.com, August 15, 2014
The city of Eden is about to get a new playground with help from KaBOOM! and Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, but needs volunteers to help with building day - Saturday, August 16th. The day of construction will require a good amount of volunteers - 200 to be exact. Katie Mann, RockinghamNow.com, August 5, 2014