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Rural Renewal: Three Success Stories

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A Healthier Rural America
January 25, 2021
Dennis Berens
David Angelson

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.

Strong leaders with a progressive vision, the report posits, can bring residents together to realize the goals of community health and wellness. While rural America still has many challenges to surmount, this report looks at three success stories that the authors believe can be replicated in other rural communities.