Fall 2006

Rural Transportation

MaryLou TuckerPartnerships Pay Off in Rural Transportation
by Candi Helseth
Tri-Valley Opportunity Council, a social services agency based in Crookston, Minnesota, assumed responsibility for coordinating a public transportation and volunteer driver system to serve a sparsely populated, very rural five-county area covering 6,500 miles in northwest Minnesota.

Sidebar: Facts About Rural Transportation

A Much Needed “JAUNT” for Seniors in Rural Virginia
by Candi Helseth
JAUNT, a regional transportation system, allows many disabled and elderly people living in rural Virginia to live independently or with their families while participating in day services provided by the Jefferson Area Board for Aging (JABA) Adult Day Healthcare Center in Louisa County.

Rethinking Human Services

by Tom Corbett, Ph.D.
Poverty in Rural America
A discussion of the U.S. Census Bureau update on the nation’s profile regarding earnings and poverty, as well as the American Community Survey data collection tool.

Look What’s Coming

by Wayne Myers, M.D.
Critical Access, Yes; Hospital, Maybe?
The survival of small rural hospitals by designating Critical Access Hospitals and the Medicare Prospective Payment System are discussed.

Around the Country

by Candi Helseth
Editor’s Note
Special Series – Technical Assistance Centers: Rural Health Works
The National Center for Rural Health Works, located at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater, assists communities in revitalizing struggling local health systems.

Focus on Funding

JAUNT Busby Beth Blevins
Finding the Funds for Rural Transportation
Funding for rural public transit and car ownership programs for low-income residents are looked at.

Resource Roundup

Success Stories Available
The Success Stories section on the RAC web site features a database of successful rural projects that could serve as model projects for other communities and future grant applicants, by serving as examples for ways to organize, fund, and deliver rural health and human services.