There always seems to be a health issue that hits rural communities especially hard. Chronic diseases like obesity and diabetes have become more prevalent and have led to soaring costs and decreased quality of life for many. Other issues—like the opioid crisis—have emerged more recently and forced communities to address the complicated relationship between pain, addiction, and mental health. And then there are the health issues that catch everyone off guard, like COVID-19, which has disrupted society as a whole.
Community work inspires a new cadence for the Jacobs School of Music.
Communities with robust local food systems are more resilient—better able to adapt to change—because they can maintain influence over their resources and reduce their dependence on factors out of their control. This resilience is even more critical in times of crisis, as we’ve seen during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Regional collaboration can yield big payoffs, but requires a thoughtful approach. Take these six steps toward stronger collaborations.