Rural Michigan

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Limited Internet in rural Michigan depresses student, business opportunity

Limited Internet in rural Michigan depresses student, business opportunity

January 23, 2018 | Ted Roelofs

Take a drive along Michigan’s rural roads and you will encounter treasures we know as Pure Michigan. But rural Michigan holds other, often hidden, stories… Poverty, uneven medical care and lack of high-speed Internet access. Young adults continue to leave rural communities for jobs elsewhere.  

Need broadband in Michigan? Rural life can mean you’re out of luck

Need broadband in Michigan? Rural life can mean you’re out of luck

November 28, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Households, students and small business in much of rural Michigan struggle with slow Internet

Wiring rural Michigan with broadband, one home at a time

Wiring rural Michigan with broadband, one home at a time

November 28, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

A small fiber optic firm near Grand Rapids fills in the broadband gap for rural Michigan families

Obamacare survives, but some rural hospitals may not

Obamacare survives, but some rural hospitals may not

March 28, 2017 | Ted Roelofs

Rural residents depend on small medical facilities for chemotherapy, emergency care and other critical procedures. Hospital chiefs across northern Michigan say that ongoing efforts to dismantle Obamacare could put them out of business.  

Affordable Care Act more essential in rural areas, which face suffering

Affordable Care Act more essential in rural areas, which face suffering

January 27, 2017 | Margaret Greenwood-Erickson, Mahshid Abir

Two University of Michigan physician/researchers anticipate Obamacare repeal’s harshest consequences will land in rural America.

Teen births declining in Michigan. But hurdles in northern, rural counties.

Teen births declining in Michigan. But hurdles in northern, rural counties.

December 3, 2015 | Nancy Derringer

‘Babies having babies’ isn’t the problem it once was. But rates are higher in northern, rural counties, in a state where school districts may opt out of sex ed entirely.

In rural Michigan, a doctor shortage promises to get worse

In rural Michigan, a doctor shortage promises to get worse

July 21, 2015 | Ted Roelofs

A shortage of primary care doctors is associated with worse health outcomes and higher death rates. What steps Michigan can take to close the doctor gap.

Lack of college guidance keeps poor and rural students from applying

Lack of college guidance keeps poor and rural students from applying

March 26, 2015 | Ron French

From ACT prep to private tutors and advisors, middle- and high-income students are groomed to follow their dreams. For bright low-income students, the first obstacle is learning where to start.

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