Watch: A New Generation of Welcome in Kansas

How do we create welcoming communities in rural places? Leaders from rural Kansas discuss how they are working to do just that.

Hear from leaders like Paul Cloutier of A Bolder Humboldt, an organization that’s imagining—and rebuilding—a 165-year-old, rural Kansas town for a new generation of vibrancy and relevance.

“I like this idea of rural as the frontier: this place that sort of suggests newness and change,” Cloutier said. “I think that means welcoming new people and new ideas because really that’s only option. We don’t have any other chance. We kind of have to rewrite our destiny anyway, so why not rewrite it in such as a way that it is more inclusive and welcoming?”

 

Rio Grande reflections

Taneum Fotheringill shares her reflections on traveling to the Rio Grande Valley in South Texas — and how it changed her understanding of a region often misunderstood by outsiders.

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A new series from the Rural Assembly to explore health disparities in rural communities​

The Rural Assembly is kicking off a series of blog posts which will explore the challenges faced by rural citizens with chronic health conditions, the consequences of limited healthcare access, and the urgent need for comprehensive solutions to bridge this healthcare gap. By addressing the unique challenges faced by these individuals, we can work towards building a healthcare system that is inclusive, efficient, and responsive to the diverse needs of all citizens. Bridging the healthcare gap is not just a matter of policy: it is a commitment to the well-being and dignity of every individual, regardless of where they call home.

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Drawing Resilience: Autumn Cavender

Wicanhpi Iyotan Win (Autumn Cavender) is Wahpetunwan Dakota and a midwife from Pezihutazizi K’api Makoca (Upper Sioux Community). Autumn is finding new ways to see, visualize and encode designs using traditional Dakota aesthetic and design processes. Her current practice explores quillwork Dakota methodology and its applications through ancestral, digital, and generative technologies.

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