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The 2018 Eccles Family Rural West Conference took the form of an academic workshop focused on collaborative governance. Panels explored how collaboration in rural communities can foster greater environmental sustainability and better health outcomes.
Jun 15 2018 | Happenings
An ArtsWest symposium on May 18 focused on how art and music are shaping social, cultural and political identity in the U.S.-Mexico border region.
Jun 7 2018 | Center News
The Center is deeply saddened to report that our friend and former colleague, John McChesney, passed away on the evening of Tuesday, June 5 in Santa Rosa.
Jun 6 2018 | Happenings
Video: under the theme of collaborative governance, the sixth Eccles Family Rural West Conference focused on how different actors can work together to craft solutions to issues like water allocation, wildfire management, and rural health.
A new poll of California voters by Stanford University’s Bill Lane Center for the American West shows that despite its reputation as a liberal state, the California political profile is mixed and diverse. Appealing to female voters and independents are pivotal this election season.
Throughout the performance, Jenkinson does not simply list Roosevelt’s accomplishments. Instead, he elucidates why Roosevelt acted in his idiosyncratic way.
What will it take to improve the health and health care outlook for rural westerners, and how can we best marshal the resources of Stanford University toward that goal? These questions were central to the conference "Uncommon Dialogue: Improving Health and Health Care in the Rural West," which brought together a diverse group of interdisciplinary researchers and practitioners to confront a growing crisis.

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