Side Effects Public Media is examining the effect of COVID-19 on rural health care as part of a collaboration with the Institute for Nonprofit News.
Rural areas are particularly vulnerable to the ravages of COVID-19. Residents of these communities tend to be poorer, older and have more chronic health conditions than those in urban areas and they have to travel farther for access to health care. As the number of COVID-19 cases increases all over rural America, the already financially strapped health care systems and medical professionals are being slammed.
Other partners of the collaboration include Carolina Public Press, Iowa Watch, Wisconsin Watch and Reveal from the Center for Investigative Reporting. Read the collaboration’s work here: Slammed: Rural health care and COVID-19