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Black Panthers Fight Would-Be Heirs (October 8, 2002)
Mr. Seale is among a small
group of former Black Panthers, who fear their contentious storied legacy
in African-American history, is being sullied by a new and harsher brand
plumbing makes inroads in rural U.S. (July 5, 2002)
Data from the 2000 census show that there are almost 671,000 homes, mostly
elderly people, poor and living in rural areas, who have no indoor
plumbing, no hot and cold water, and no bath or shower. Alaska led
the national count with 6.3 percent without complete plumbing, followed by
the southern region of the U.S. with the highest rate of homes without
toilets and tubs.
West Virginia winning Over Health Care Workers (June 21, 2001)
Rural medical facilities have had trouble attracting and keeping medical
students. Because of this problem, West Virginia has developed
programs to recruit and assist students in practicing medicine in rural
parts of the state. According to this New York Times article,
rural medicine requires a different approach than urban medicine.
This program has inspired many more health care workers to stay in rural
Panel Wants Higher Rural Payments (June 12, 2001)
According to CNN, a report will be issued to Congress, stressing an
increase in Medicare help in rural areas. A panel will present the
economic conditions of rural America and recommend that rural hospitals
receive a larger sum of money, in order to serve a substantial low-income
population of patients.
in the Country (June 10, 2001)
Surprisingly, twenty years after AIDS was first detected, rural
communities still fear and discriminate against people suffering from
HIV/AIDS. As portrayed in the Washington Post, some AIDS patients
not only have to travel long distances in order to find health care, but
also have to hide their illness in order to prevent verbal attacks from
Va. Health Clinic Serves Rural Populations (June 3, 2001)
For many years rural America has been underserved, especially on a health
care level. This article, taken from the Baltimore Sun, exhibits
the need for full time doctors in rural areas. While a mobile health
clinic offers some help it is no substitute for public access to full-time
the South, Deadly Silence (June 1, 2001)
This article, printed in the Boston Globe, depicts that AIDS
victims are steadily growing in rural areas. Jeff Davis who is living with
HIV, is trying to keep it a secret from his community for fear of being
discriminated against. Surprisingly, Davis is not alone. This secrecy is
making it harder for AIDS activists to get more governmental support at
home while not losing it in Africa.
Offer Hope to Poor Rural Tribes (April 29, 2001)
Rural American Indian tribes are often the site of gambling activities.
Since 1988 gaming has been a source of economic development for many
tribes in Arizona. As portrayed in the conservative newspaper, the
Arizona Republic, tribes plan to use gaming revenues to build their
healthcare system, schools, and also hire teachers and nurses. However,
three fourths of the tribes are non-gaming and are in need of alternate
resources. While touted by the news report, the evidence is still out
about whether gambling improves or risks seriously the quality of life.
Hospital Focuses on Its Financial Health (April 17, 2001)
This article, published in The New York Times, reports the
difficulties facing a rural hospital, Armstrong, struggling to
survive and avert the closure of this 186 bed-hospital. This example
mirrors a general trend, characterized by waves of hospital closures
throughout the country, where decreased payments from insurers, weak
management and inefficient technology are compounding the situation. The
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Hospitals to Ask for Bigger Medicare Share (February 7, 2001)
This article, published in The New York Times, raises the issue of
rural health care. There has been a growing concern among rural hospitals
about Medicare's care calculations of labor costs. Rural hospitals are now
striving to lobby Congress so as to get more money.
U.S.A. (September 11, 2000)
This article, published in US News, describes how widows are
organized and contribute to boom the situation of Grant City (Worth
County) in which old and lonely women are the most important part of the
life after death (September 11, 2000)
This article, extracted from US News, shows how widowhood has
become a new stage of an older woman's life. As widows represent 11
million in the United States, they have led the reinvention of old age.
They cannot define themselves as wives anymore but they have to figure out
who they are as women.
Hunger Among Elderly (August 20, 2000)
This article, published in The New York Daily News, shows that
many older people cannot afford food in the USA. Despite some programs set
up to help them, a lot of urban elderly are still in serious need, because
they cannot afford both drugs and food.
Health in Rural America (May 1, 1999)
These papers prepared by the National Rural Health Association take
an in-depth look into the topic of mental health in rural America. It
brings attention to some mental health issues in rural areas and provides
a series of recommendations on how to improve such problems.
We Tarnishing Their Golden Years? (February 12, 1997)
This article, extracted from The New York Daily News, describes
how difficult it is for older people to live in a big city. Older people
feel particularly vulnerable in New York City in which an increase in
disrespect for elderly seems to be underway.