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Rural health care preview, part 5: A case for change

By Kelly Asche To watch a webinar presenting this research and a Q&A with healthcare experts, click here. A citizen protest reveals the need for a policy change Before the COVID-19 crisis began, the Center for Rural Policy and Development was gathering information and analyzing the impacts mergers and acquisitions among health care providers have ...
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Keeping farmers markets safe this summer

MN Department of Ag is offering a cost-share program to help eligible farmers markets keep things safe and sanitized School sports are canceled and it doesn’t look good for professional sports, concerts or other summer fun. Even the Great Minnesota Get-Together is at risk of being cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic. What’s left? Well, ...
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Extension offering webinars for small businesses, leaders

University of Minnesota’s Extension service is offering up several different series of webinars for Minnesota business owners and leaders to help them get their rural communities through the pandemic. These webinars aimed at tourism, small businesses and community leaders are free and each session is only 30 minutes long. Minnesota’s Extension service is packed with ...
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Rural health care preview, part 4: Controlling health care costs on the hospital side

By Kelly Asche To watch a webinar presenting this research and a Q&A with healthcare experts, click here. State legislators are increasingly looking at controlling health care costs by regulating hospitals, which could increase consolidations of services even more. Before the COVID-19 crisis began, the Center for Rural Policy and Development was gathering information and ...
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Rural health care preview, part 3: What do we mean by “access”?

By Kelly Asche To watch a webinar presenting this research and a Q&A with healthcare experts, click here. Before the COVID-19 crisis began, the Center for Rural Policy and Development was gathering information and analyzing the impacts mergers and acquisitions among health care providers have been having on access in rural areas. We were a ...
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Identifying counties most at risk economically

Our guest blogger today is Brigid Tuck, Senior Economic Impact Analyst for the University of Minnesota Extension. The U of MN Extension has been doing in-depth analysis and developing resources to help businesses, leaders, and community members get through this challenging time. The post below is an extension of a fact sheet provided by U ...

Health care industry is a major employer in rural Minnesota

By Kelly Asche April, 2020 Many industries across Minnesota are being impacted by the COVID-19 epidemic. Unemployment is at historical highs. Among all the policies being passed, a top priority has been creating new programs to support the recently unemployed. Soon, however, leaders will begin pivoting their attention from emergency measures to developing policies and ...