Rural community – Indice Rural Fri, 20 May 2022 20:06:08 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Rural community – Indice Rural 32 32 Clallam County Rural Community Leadership Program Information Thu, 19 May 2022 08:30:00 +0000

Rural Development Initiatives invite residents of Clallam County to participate in the next West End Rural Community Leadership Class. This FREE program, supported by the Benjamin Phillips Fund and the Medina Foundation, is based on the belief that thriving rural communities grow from a broad base of skilled, motivated leaders and a collaborative network of diverse local organizations .

The Rural Leadership Program offered by Rural Development Initiatives:

• Focuses on developing the community leadership capacity of individuals

• Is completely free and includes tuition, meals and materials

• Only asks participants to give their time and commitment to complete the course program.

• Will be held beginning September 2022. Classes will be held virtually and in-person at a Forks location on the following dates (dates in bold are in-person sessions):

September 21, 5:30-7 p.m. October 5 and 6, 5:30-8:30 p.m. / 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

October 13, 5.30 – 7.30 p.m. November 2 and 3, 5.30 – 8.30 p.m. / 9.30 a.m. – 2.30 p.m.

November 16, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. December 1, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

February 8, 2023, 5:30-8 p.m. March 29 and 30, 5:30-8:30 p.m. / 9:30-11:30 a.m.

The deadline to register is August 25. Go to to complete the online registration form.

Space is limited to 25 participants, so register early! We will contact you prior to the kick-off session to learn more about you and your leadership goals and provide additional program information and materials.

Area residents who want to learn new tools to make positive changes in the local community are encouraged to register. A typical class consists of approximately 25-30 people (from high school students to retired seniors) with leadership experience ranging from new/young to emerging to seasoned.

For questions or more information, please contact Christine Gilmore, [email protected] or 208-631-1734

Rural Development Initiatives offers this engaging, community-focused leadership program. This community leadership training has been delivered in rural Washington, Idaho and Oregon. There are nearly 9,000 graduates representing the business, government, and nonprofit sectors in nearly 100 communities. Program concepts include: personality types and leadership styles, community development models, group development, group decision-making models, and volunteerism.

To learn more about the program, visit

Comcast Invests $1 Million to Bring Broadband to Rural Community of Biola, California in Fresno County Tue, 15 Mar 2022 22:30:00 +0000

Comcast Opens Three New Elevator Zones Offering Free Wi-Fi, Donates More Than $100,000 and 250 Free Laptops to Boost Digital Equity in the Region

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Comcast today announced that it has invested $1 million to bring broadband to Biola, California, a rural community in Fresno County. As part of its broader digital equity initiative in California, Comcast will also open three new lift zones in the Central Valley region, donate more than $100,000 to community organizations for digital literacy programs and will provide free laptops to 250 families.

Biola residential customers will now have access to all Xfinity services, including Internet Essentials, which provides high-speed home Internet for $9.95 per month (plus tax) for qualified families/individuals. Businesses in the area will also now be able to obtain the full suite of Comcast Business products and services.

Additionally, Comcast announced the opening of three new WiFi-connected community centers called Lift Zones, one in the Biola Community Services District and two in Reading & Beyond located in southeast Fresno. Each location will offer free Wi-Fi access to students, families, seniors and community members. With these three additions, Comcast has now established 13 Lift Zones in Fresno County and a total of 150 Lift Zones throughout our California footprint. Last year, Comcast launched Lift Zones at 10 Boys & Girls clubs. Through these overall investments and by providing reliable Wi-Fi service in multiple educational and community spaces, as well as homes and businesses, Comcast has helped thousands of people in the Central Valley connect and participate more fully in the digital economy.

In addition to providing free Wi-Fi service at new Lift Zone locations, Comcast donated $102,000 to community partners – Fresno State Parent University received $77,000 to help residents get training digital literacy and job readiness and $25,000 to Reading & Beyond to provide digital literacy training to students, families, seniors and community members.

“Broadband high-speed access is a game-changer for Biola residents and business owners,” said Fresno County Supervisor Brian Pacheco. “Our world has become even more dependent on the Internet for learning, teaching, working, finding health services and so many other aspects of daily life. Comcast’s new high-speed Internet services, combined with these significant financial contributions to our community, will help so many individuals, families and businesses in our area. I am grateful to everyone who has worked so hard to make this a reality.

“The need for fast, secure Internet service has never been greater than it is today, and I am pleased to see Comcast continue to invest in rural areas such as Biola to help our underserved communities,” said said Dr. Joaquin Arambula, Member of the California State Assembly. . “Bold investments like Comcast’s have a significant impact. Helping families get affordable and reliable internet access opens up many realms of opportunity, maximizes potential and creates lasting change.

“I greatly appreciate the efforts made by Comcast’s significant investments in our rural communities and the expansion of broadband access,” said Eduardo Gonzalez, executive director of the San Joaquin Broadband Consortium. “Continuing to support public-private partnerships, such as Comcast and the community of Biola, to create digital equity solutions can be a model of what can be accomplished together. These partnerships will help create vital educational opportunities, workforce development skills, and overall quality of life for our residents and their families in the region.

Extending its network and broadband services to rural areas is an important part of Comcast’s overall effort to increase digital equity. Another essential is Comcast’s Internet Essentials program, which has helped connect more than 10 million low-income people to the Internet at home. This includes more than 1.4 million residents of California, which is the leading state in terms of overall participation in the Internet Essentials program. Today’s donation is part of Project UP, Comcast’s $1 billion commitment to reach 50 million people over the next 10 years with the tools, resources and skills needed to succeed in a world digital. For more information on Comcast’s Comprehensive Connectivity Program for Low-Income Americans, visit

Finally, Comcast is making the federal government’s Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) available for all speed levels of Xfinity Internet service, including Internet Essentials. ACP is a federal program that provides eligible customers with up to $30 per month in credit for their Internet and mobile services for the duration of the program. New and existing Xfinity Internet or Internet Essentials customers can visit or call 844-389-4681 for more information, to determine eligibility, and to register.


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Jennersville hospital closure spells bad news for rural community Thu, 27 Jan 2022 10:00:30 +0000

On December 31, most of us found ourselves ready to put 2021 behind us and anticipate what 2022 might bring. For Jennersville Hospital in West Grove, Chester County, there would be no future prospects.

At midnight on January 1, 2022, the rural hospital, which has been around for over 100 years, turned off the lights and locked its doors to patients.

To some, this may seem like an unfortunate story of “somewhere”; another rural hospital that went bankrupt, along with over 100 others since 2020. For me, this cuts short and deep – from April 2019 to March 2021, Jennersville Hospital’s emergency department was my clinical home as an emergency physician.

Jennersville Hospital was a small, 63-bed community hospital in southern Chester County near the Delaware and Maryland borders. It changed ownership in 2017 and became part of the Tower Health system. It housed Medic 94, an EMS ambulance that served an area of ​​over 200 square miles.

Contrary to what I was used to in Philadelphia, the patient population was largely white, nearly 20% Latinos and only 5% black. But the people I treated in the ER reflected the diversity of the region in a way that demographics alone could never illustrate. From mushroom growers, to horse breeders, to farm owners, to canners, to Herr factory workers, to students at Lincoln University (the nation’s first degree-granting HBCU) , Amish families, a full range of white-collar professionals, retirees in assisted living communities, or urban transplants, generations of the area had gone to Jennersville ED for care. As the impending closing neared, my heart sank for each one of them.

The hospital was not a trauma center, had no maternity services, no pediatricians, no psychiatrists or mental health services. But the emergency department took care of everything. We treated everyone, stabilized those who needed more, and facilitated transfers to other regional hospitals that could provide higher levels of care. The cohort of ER nurses had a work ethic and experience unmatched in the entire hospital. They knew the responsibilities they bore due to their geography and no other safeguards. I had to learn a new way of thinking and operating as a clinician, away from the many services and specialties that I took for granted. I never thought I would silently pray for calm and sunny weather while stabilizing a patient with a torn aorta, knowing that a helicopter ride to a cardiothoracic or vascular surgeon was their only chance of survival.

“I had to learn a new way of thinking and operating as a clinician, away from the many services and specialties that I took for granted.

Priya Mammen

It was also a new experience to be the only female doctor of color in a hospital setting. It took time for people to recognize me as the doctor in charge and for others to understand that I am American. “Are you from Syria? a man wearing head-to-toe MAGA gear once asked me. (“No, I’m from Route 48 in Greenville,” I told him.) As they were leaving, the husband looked me in the eye and said, “You took really good care of us, Doctor.” When I gave a warm blanket to a young child who lay awake at his mother’s bedside late into the night while we assessed his injuries and treated the wounds caused by his husband’s assault, he said, ” Thank you, my aunt”.

This small community hospital had incredible camaraderie and support, especially among those of us on the front lines. When our colleagues in the cafeteria hadn’t seen anyone from the ER, they would bring us leftovers, knowing that meant we had been too busy to eat. We helped each other find and buy PPE. Ahead of the 2020 elections, ED staff helped people register to vote and encouraged them to make their voices heard through civic engagement.

Each of the more than 100 hospitals that have closed since 2020 provided a safety net for the community they served. In 2018, over 14,000 people visited Jennersville ED. Now that it is closed, ambulance dispatch times will increase, further lengthening 911 response times throughout the region. For a seniors’ residence, the time to the nearest emergency room went from 10 minutes to 40 minutes on the day Jennersville closed.

READ MORE: Brandywine and Jennersville hospitals will close, leaving thousands in Chester County without emergency care nearby

COVID-19 has brought to light and then destroyed the razor-thin margins of hospital finances, as it forced many to cancel cost-effective, elective surgeries. But long before COVID, corporate business decisions — away from hospitable communities — doomed some rural facilities. Jennersville owner Tower Health quickly expanded into the area, then had to make drastic cuts to staff, including doctors, and spending to limit the huge losses it suffered as a result of the pandemic. That’s when I too had to leave.

The story of Jennersville Hospital illustrates the complexities and far-reaching impacts of valuing “margins over missions” – or putting profits before patients. As a result of this practice, I have seen highly skilled colleagues quit hospital work. I listened to patients justifying their decisions not to seek care earlier because of the difficulties and distance of access. I felt the mighty ripples of fewer inpatient beds available all the way in my Philly ED.

Will our leaders, government agencies, medical societies and elected officials heed the lessons Jennersville Hospital offers? Do we understand that community health is not a commodity that fits easily into capital markets and financial models with zero-sum outcomes, or fodder for private equity? Until we do, the stories and voices within hospitals must continue to shine a light on the issues of the community and the providers who care for them.

Unfortunately, there will be more stories to tell. Brandywine Hospital, another Tower-owned facility in Coatesville that served more than 21,000 patients in its emergency department in 2020, is scheduled to close Jan. 31.

Priya E. Mammen is an emergency physician and public health consultant. She is chair of the section on public health and preventive medicine at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia and assistant professor of health and societies at the University of Pennsylvania. She writes a monthly column on the future of public health in the region @PEMammen