Extra Episode - Reflecting on 2023 & Sneak Peak into 2024

Season #3

In this extra episode Michelle reflects on the inaugural season. She highlights the many subjects covered in 2023 including rural health, our nation’s struggling rural hospitals, maternal and infant mortality challenges, Medicaid unwinding, food security, rural education, and the opioid epidemic.

During this special episode, Michelle shares The Rural Impact’s goal to engage in conversations that enlighten, inform and hopefully inspire listeners to increase curiosity about the ways in which all of these matters covered on the show are connected to policy. She details opportunities for organizations making an impact in rural America to partner with a The Rural Impact to share their stories.

Michelle provides listeners with a preview of subjects in 2024. The Rural Impact will kick-off the new year with a three-part series called Arriving at Thriving, where listeners will hear from experts about how local and state leaders can ensure every member of a community has the services they need to survive and thrive. Other subjects planned for next season include solutions to rural immobility, philanthropy, structural barriers to post-secondary education, housing and homelessness, aging in place, and the rural issues to consider in the 2024 election.