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Advocates working to fix problems with rural health care say Alabama is ground zero nationally. Studies say Alabama has the highest infant mortality rate in the U.S. The state also leads the nation for diabetes. Alabama is also home to Gadsden which had the lowest life expectancy in the nation in 2016. Despite all this, rural hospitals in the state receive among the lowest reimbursements nationally from Medicare. That’s blamed for eighty percent of Alabama’s hospitals that are operating in the red.

NeighborWorks Wants to Get Rural AL Working

May 1, 2017

A new report details ways rural communities can work to get their citizens back in the workforce.

According to the report by NeighborWorks America released last week, employment in rural areas is still below 2007 two thousand seven levels. Decreases in industries like mining and small farming have largely contributed to poverty in rural areas.

The report details ways for non-profits, governments, and philanthropic organizations to help build rural economies. They include more access to consumer banking , small business lending, and internet in rural areas.