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COVID-19: Health Care in Rural America

A podcast focusing on how rural areas are taking action in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Looks at public health responses, volunteer activities, the effects of social distancing, and healthcare workforce issues. Features Alana Knudson, co-director of the Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, and physician Dr. James Hotz.

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Coronavirus Pandemic Threatens to Take Crushing Toll on Rural Areas, Data Show

Summarizes an analysis of every U.S. county’s preparedness level, revealing that rural areas are less prepared to handle the coronavirus pandemic. The dashboard scores are based on measurements such as nearby critical care capacity and underlying demographics of the community. Describes how existing disparities in underserved populations may also put them at a higher risk.

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Livestream Conversation Offers First-Hand Accounts of Broadband Challenges During Coronavirus Pandemic

Summarizes the first Daily Yonder/National Rural Assembly Livestream Conversation on rural broadband, featuring leaders from a school district in Central Texas, a hospital in a Washington tribal community, a community nonprofit in Mississippi, and groups serving rural youth in Vermont. Includes a recording of the webinar, discusses challenges to rural broadband access and highlights how they are responding to COVID-19.

Listen to conversations here.