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Wanted: Rural Health Providers, But Few Answer the Call

For years, rural hospitals, clinics and towns have been struggling to recruit physicians, and now, that lack of doctors in some of North Carolina’s more far-flung burgs is showing. “On almost any measures when you look at rural health, rural areas are doing poorer,” health economist Mark Holmes told lawmakers on the legislative Committee on Access […]

Posted inCoronavirus

Vaccines Become More Accessible to Farmworkers, but Many Still Struggle with Internet Access

This story was originally published by North Carolina Health News. From tight living quarters to high rates of chronic illnesses to no sick leave protections, immigrant farm workers have found themselves in particularly vulnerable positions as the Covid-19 pandemic spread throughout North Carolina.  During the summer of 2020, hundreds of farm workers fell ill at more than 30 farms as Covid […]

Posted inRural Voters

Republican-Voting Mountain Counties in N.C. Urge State to Expand Medicaid

This story was originally published by North Carolina Health News. EDITOR’S NOTE: The county commissions of five counties in Western North Carolina have passed resolutions supporting Medicaid expansion. The counties are Macon, Swain, Jackson, Watauga, and Graham. All are nonmetropolitan. Nearly an hour into the August meeting of Macon County’s board of commissioners, Casey Cooper approached […]

Posted inAgriculture

Years of Legal Battles Over Industrial Hog Farms Pollution Changed Little for Eastern NC Residents

This article was originally published by North Carolina Health News. In the mid-1990s, Billy Kinlaw purchased land in a remote, mostly Black section of White Oak, a rural community of just 350 people in Bladen County.  Kinlaw, who was white, never intended to live there. The property was strictly a business investment for his contract […]