Population projections highlight need for long-term solutions to sustain rural Pa.
The population of Pennsylvania’s rural counties is projected to decline 5.8% over the next 30 years, with the state projected to grow just 1.6% based on increases in urban population.
Rural America a focus for bipartisan health caucus formed in U.S. House
WASHINGTON — A bipartisan congressional caucus aims to improve accessibility to quality health care and services in rural U.S. communities. The Bipartisan Rural Health Caucus had its first meeting Sept. 20 and serves as a forum for U.S. representatives to promote legislation and policy actions regarding rural health. Members came together to discuss the issues […]
Pa. health care providers tell lawmakers the state’s rural hospitals are in crisis
A study conducted by the Hospital and Healthsystem Association of Pennsylvania (HAP) found that rural hospitals have struggled to fill 39% of vacant registered nurse positions. By comparison, HAP found the average vacancy rates for direct care RNs to be more than 30% statewide.
Pa. rural school educators urge lawmakers to build a new fair funding formula
“The disparity is so wide that the most well-off districts spend over $100,000 more per classroom than the poorest districts,” Eppley said. “We need state legislators to make a commitment to increase funding for public schools.”
Report: Rural Pa. sees gains in migration, drop in birth rates
The reports, released by the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, a state legislative agency for rural policy, use data from the U.S. Census Bureau and the Department of Health, to better understand the commonwealth’s rural areas, including who is moving into — and out — of them.
Telework is finally reaching rural America thanks to Biden’s investments in broadband | Opinion
When rural areas have equal access to broadband, it will create a sense of economic hope in communities like mine.