Rural Health Journalism Workshop great source for story ideas

After more than 15 years as a general interest writer, I decided to concentrate my reporting on health, with a focus on rural health. Why? Because reporters don’t just get wrong or misunderstand people who live outside cities; we often overlook important stories about them. For starters, the face of rural and small town is […]

Agriculture secretary will headline Rural Health Journalism Workshop 

U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will be a featured speaker for AHCJ’s Rural Health Journalism Workshop June 21-23. Journalists attending the virtual event can submit questions during the live session or can click here to send in a question beforehand. As head of the Department of Agriculture, Vilsack leads efforts to improve food and nutrition […]

Open to AHCJ members: Virtual Rural Health Journalism Workshop

Leading rural health experts will highlight AHCJ’s upcoming Rural Health Journalism Workshop 2021 – a virtual event scheduled for June 21-23. Like last fall’s virtual Journalism Summit on Infectious Disease, the June workshop will bring together journalists with health care and policy experts. This time, the focus will be the stories – both pandemic-related and […]

Vaccine hesitancy among rural elders, caregivers nearly double of more urban counterparts

A recent survey of family caregivers revealed some troubling information about the divide between rural and urban communities regarding COVID-19 vaccines. According to the poll, nearly one in three (31%) family caregivers who live in rural communities say they won’t take the older adult under their care to get the COVID-19 vaccine—nearly double the refusal […]

Series focuses on stressed rural hospitals that may need to close

Given all the concern about the failure of rural hospitals, it may seem counterintuitive that some hospitals in rural America may need to close. In multipart series for the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, investigative news reporter Yamil Berard found last year that some rural hospitals in Georgia had serious deficiencies. Those deficiencies included significantly low occupancy rates, […]