Friday, October 04, 2019

Quick hits: Violence against rural hospital workers; impact of parachute reporting on Appalachia, and more . . .

Here's a roundup of stories with rural resonance; if you do or see similar work that should be shared on The Rural Blog, email us at

With the rise of the opioid epidemic, rural hospital workers have been subjected to an increase in violent behavior from patients. Workers have few protections against such violence, but some workplace initiatives are helping. Read more here.

A roundtable discussion in rural Kentucky discusses the impact and accuracy of parachute reporting on Appalachia. Read more here.

How do rural voters feel about Medicare for All? Liz Carey of The Daily Yonder has some figures.

Washington Post reporter Christopher Ingraham implores readers to stop treating rural white voters as a monolith. Ingraham was noted for moving to a rural Minnesota town after he offended residents by noting in a story that it was dead last in a nationwide ranking of most desirable places to live.

Outsiders generally think of Central Appalachians as white, but the region has surprising diversity. Scalawag magazine profiles the history of a Reconstruction-era black commune in western North Carolina: The Kingdom of the Happy Land. Read more here.

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