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The Rural West

White Paper on Telehealth in the Rural American West

The Bill Lane Center for the American West and Stanford Medicine are pleased to co-issue this white paper on telehealth in the rural American West. The paper builds upon the Lane Center’s earlier work from our Rural West Initiative, as well as ongoing research by our undergraduate teams who have been exploring connections between environment and health in the American West. 

Rural Renewal: Three Success Stories

This report uses three rural areas -- Española, NM; Orangeburg, SC; and Ord, NE -- as case studies to understand how, in spite of their vulnerabilities, rural communities can still achieve health and prosperity. According to the authors, key strengths exhibited by these rural American cities are: close knit communities, a strong work ethic, self-sufficiency and resilience.

Midland Voices: Let's use strategic collaboration to boost rural health care

America’s health care system is not working for all Americans, especially those who live in rural areas. We believe there are two core issues that have kept us stuck in a rut.

One of these issues is summed up by Bill Gross, founder of Idealab: “You can try to persuade people to care about issues, but the only way you’re going to get huge change is if you save them money.”

A Healthier Rural America: Call to a Strategic Action Plan

This stategic action plan comes in advance of the Healthier Rural America Summit on September 15. This document proposes a framework to foster sustainable, resilient innovation and change with identified, supported and targeted initiatives leading to positive results. The document is being shared in a non-partisan manner to key stakeholders at the federal, state and local levels.

Rural Broadband in the West: Missed Connections

Two decades into the 21st century, in the midst of a pandemic that has forced people to work and go to school remotely, broadband connections fail to reach millions of Americans. Communities in many areas are struggling with this handicap, especially in the rural West.  Our panel will examine what we know and don’t know about the severity of the problem and what it will take to fix it.

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