Tag: rural

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Rural health care preview, part 4: Controlling health care costs on the hospital side

By Kelly Asche 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 analyzing the impacts mergers and acquisitions among health care providers have been having on access ...
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Rural health care preview, part 3: What do we mean by “access”?

By Kelly Asche 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 few weeks away from releasing a report before the pandemic threw everyone’s lives upside down. ...
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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 ...
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Cookies for blood? I’m in.

By Julie Tesch I grew up in a small farming community that took community pride for the greater good seriously.  Like many towns, then and now, we would hold a blood drive three or four times a year at a church or the community center.  When I was a child, I would sometimes help out ...
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Impact of Minnesota’s farm economy on Greater Minnesota

April 2020 By Kelly Asche, Research Associate & Marnie Werner, VP Research Note to readers: We were just getting ready to release this report when the COVID-19 pandemic showed up on Minnesota’s doorstep and everything changed. We believe the findings of our report still hold true since they review the past trends, but we have ...
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Resiliency in a time of pandemic

By Julie Tesch What a time to launch a podcast.  Little did we know that when we debuted our new podcast, Center of Everywhere, in March that we would be stepping into an unprecedented time with a global pandemic. The original goal of our podcast was to share our research on rural Minnesota and talk ...

Connecting the unemployed to employment during COVID-19

By Kelly Asche Only a month ago, the primary focus for workforce development organizations in rural Minnesota was to implement strategies that recruited and retained workers in their regions. Their doors were being blown open by businesses in desperate need for employees. We conducted research on this topic and designated this as the number one ...