The Hidden Legacy of the Big Five in Rural Appalachia
In rural Appalachia, you might be surprised to learn that most of the people who live there are poor, and many of them live in dire poverty.
The average income for a rural resident in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park, for example, is just $13,400.
Yet, just one-fifth of the residents in this region live in poverty, and only two percent of them are women.
That’s because, in the past 50 years, Appalachia has become one of the poorest regions in the country.
It has lost millions of jobs and incomes in the last few decades, and a recent study found that more than a quarter of its rural residents are unemployed.
Many of these people live in remote rural areas where the roads are poorly maintained and where there are few public transit options.
Many people living in rural Appalachias are unable to access medical care because of limited access to health care providers, and they face a wide range of health problems from infections to asthma to diabetes to obesity.
Even more troubling, rural residents face discrimination.
Many rural residents, like most Americans, live paycheck to paycheck, and the only way they can afford to make ends meet is to work for minimum wage, which is only a few dollars per hour.
In some rural areas, a family’s median income is less than $1,000 per year.
For a single person, that’s $20,000 less than the national median income for this group of people, according to the US Census Bureau.
Many Americans are struggling to keep up with these challenges, and we can’t just ignore their struggles and try to ignore their challenges.
We need to understand and address the structural racism that drives the health disparities in Appalachia.
So how can we begin to solve this problem?
A key part of our work is to help the communities that have the greatest need by creating programs to help rural communities transition to a more equitable system.
We can help them change their way of life so that their community health services are more accessible and affordable.
These programs can include, for instance, providing free health screenings to rural residents so that they can receive access to more health care, providing low-cost preventive services for rural residents that can be covered by health insurance, providing health-care referrals to help improve access to affordable health care services, and encouraging the creation of affordable health centers that serve rural residents.
The Rural Health Initiative is a program in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that aims to reduce barriers to health-related care for rural communities.
Through the Rural Health initiative, HHS and the Department of Agriculture, working with community health centers, health departments, and other stakeholders, we have developed a pilot program in nine rural counties in the state of Kentucky to improve access and quality of health care in rural areas.
The goal of the Rural Healthy Communities pilot program is to create new opportunities for people in rural communities to get the health care they need and to have access to high-quality health care when they need it.
The pilot program was designed to help people who are currently uninsured get access to the care they want when they want it, and to expand access to care for underserved rural communities, including people living at or below the poverty level.
The programs include: Health care referrals, such as free screening for people who need it, free referrals to health centers and community health providers, free testing, and free health education.