UPI.com Telemedicine, including online health records, is touted as a way to improve rural health. However, rural residents are less likely to use such technology, according to a study of 34 Indiana counties with high rates of cancer deaths, published in the latest issue of the Journal of Rural Health. The study by researchers at the Indiana University Cancer Center and the university's Center for Survey Research found that rural patients were less likely to use electronic-health-record messaging systems, less likely to look up test results online, and less likely to use electronic medical records to "look for personal health information for someone else's medical record," which a caregiver might do. There was no significant difference in the use of email, texting or social media for health purposes, or in using electronic health records to ask a health-care provider to refill a prescription. The availability of high-speed internet service, or lack of it, … [Read more...] about Rural residents appear less likely to use electronic health records, Indiana study finds; lack of broadband is one reason
Nicholas Riccardi and Hannah Fingerhut Associated Press Published 8:09 AM EST Feb 19, 2019 Denver – America’s suburbs are today’s great political battleground, long seen as an independent pivot between the country’s liberal cities and conservative small towns and rural expanse. But it’s not that simple. It turns out that these places in-between may be the most politically polarized of all – and when figuring out the partisan leanings of people living in the suburbs, where they came from makes a difference. Fewer suburbanites describe themselves as politically independent than do residents of the nation’s urban and rural areas, according to a survey released Tuesday by the University of Chicago Harris School for Public Policy and the Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research. The poll also found that the partisan leanings of suburban residents are closely linked to whether they have previously lived in a city. “In the … [Read more...] about Poll: Rural, urban political divisions also split the suburbs
Living in a rural area makes it much harder to access physical therapy, to the point where "sometimes it takes sheer cussed determination and good neighbors to help get us back on our feet," Donna Kallner writes for The Daily Yonder. Kallner, a fiber artist living in rural northern Wisconsin, writes that she had a hard time accessing PT after she was hit by a drunk driver in 1998. "For many people in rural areas, reaching these services might take a longer journey than the 52-mile round trip required where I live," Kallner writes. "More than 40 percent of rural residents spend more than 30 minutes traveling to rehab, compared to 25.3 percent of urban residents. And the distance is an even greater obstacle when you can’t drive yourself." Some rural residents give up on much-needed PT because of the logistical nightmare involved. Kallner acknowledges rural residents' tendency toward independence, or "pure cussedness," as she calls it, and advises those … [Read more...] about Some advice for rural residents about getting to physical therapy: tap into your ‘sheer cussed determination’
Steve Gooch Steve Gooch Photo by Contributed Photo /Times Free Press. As they debate whether to let electric membership corporations sell broadband internet, some Georgia lawmakers are debating whether they demand enough in return. State Sen. Bill Cowsert, R-Athens, amended a bill Tuesday morning requiring that EMCs provide high-speed internet to all residents now without access. The bill is supposed to provide broadband to more rural areas. Right now, lawmakers argue, many rural residents don't have access to fast internet because companies believe the investment will lose money. Homes in those communities are too spread out; there aren't enough customers to pay back the infrastructure costs. But the bill's sponsor, state Sen. Steve Gooch, said Cowsert's amendment is too tough on EMCs. With this requirement, he argued, they won't even try to add broadband at all. "That's a poison pill in this bill," Gooch, R-Dahlonega, said during a Senate Regulated Industries & Utilities … [Read more...] about Is Georgia’s rural broadband internet bill too easy on electric membership corporations?
Rural America is no longer where many young college graduates want to settle, with some fleeing for urban centers like New York or San Francisco. Aside from the glamor of living in those locations, there may be another culprit for the rural "brain drain" that's occurring across the U.S.: student loan debt. Adults with student loans are less likely to remain in rural areas than those without it, and adults with the highest student loan balances are the most likely to migrate to cities, according to new research from the Federal Reserve. That's contributing to a growing college attainment gap between urban and rural America, which has diverged from about 5 percentage points in 1970 to 14 percentage points in 2016. As fewer college-educated young people remain in rural locations, those regions become less attractive to other young grads. Employers, for their part, increasingly are focusing on urban locations to recruit these workers. Added to the mix is the pressure of the … [Read more...] about Rural America’s “brain drain”: How student debt is emptying small towns