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Jensen co-edits special issue on rural and small-town America

Nov 2, 2020

SSRI Associate Director Leif Jensen, distinguished professor of rural sociology and demography, and Tim Slack, professor of sociology at LSU, have co-edited a new special issue of Population Research and Policy Review on “The Changing Demography of Rural and Small-Town America.”
News Topics: Rural Communities

SSRI associate director and cofunded faculty on team that wins national excellence award for research

Nov 2, 2020

Faculty in SSRI are part of a multidisciplinary, multi-institution research team that was recently awarded the National Excellence in Multistate Research Award from the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities and the United States Department of Agriculture. This prestigious and highly…

Faculty research examined attitudes of rural Pennsylvanians on key policy issues

Jun 9, 2020

With support from the Center for Survey Research at Penn State Harrisburg, researchers, led by Daniel Mallinson, collaborated to survey the attitudes of rural Pennsylvanianson a variety of topics, and how these attitudes affect their perspectives on issues relevant to state and local government,…

Income inequality is getting worse in U.S. urban areas

Apr 16, 2020

By Brian Thiede & David L. Brown & Jaclyn Butler & Leif Jensen for The Conversation Income inequality has increased dramatically in the United States over recent decades, surpassing its previous peak in the 1920s. In 2016, the average income among the bottom 24.9 million households was…

Family Symposium book series releases latest edition

Mar 17, 2020

The most recent volume in the National Symposium on Family Issues book series, “Rural Families and Communities in the United States” is now available from Springer Publishing. This volume specifically focuses on the implications of rural residency for American families, especially minority families…

Community factors influence how long you’ll live, study shows

Mar 10, 2020

While lifestyle choices and genetics go a long way toward predicting longevity, a new study shows that certain community characteristics also play important roles. American communities with more fast food restaurants, a larger share of extraction industry-based jobs, or higher population density…

PROSPER featured in White House "Rural Community Action Guide: Building Stronger, Healthy Drug-Free Rural Communities"

Feb 11, 2020

PROSPER is featured on page 43 of this new tool released by the Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), to assist rural community leaders in building an effective local response to the crisis of addiction.The Rural Community Action Guide includes background information, recommended action…

Low-Income, Rural Kids at Higher Risk for Second- or Third-Hand Smoke Exposure

Dec 6, 2018

Infants and toddlers in low-income, rural areas may be at higher risk for second- and third-hand smoke than previously reported, according to new Penn State-led research. As many as 15 percent of children tested had levels of cotinine, a byproduct formed when the body breaks down nicotine,…

Rural American families focus of 26th annual family symposium

Nov 21, 2018

The strategies needed to maintain family economic stability, health and general well-being of rural families was the focus of the 26th Annual National Symposium on Family Issues, held recently at the Nittany Lion Inn on Penn State’s University Park campus. “The symposium brought together discussion…

Challenges Facing Rural America Deeply Rooted In Economic And Social Distress, Researchers Say

Oct 26, 2018

By Min Xian, WPSU Nearly three and a half million Pennsylvanians live in rural parts of the state. In many ways, rural areas face challenges different than those in urban areas. Researchers gathered on Monday for the 26th National Symposium on Family Issues at Penn State’s Nittany Lion Inn, with a…

Newly funded project to focus on health of rural communities in Pennsylvania

Oct 12, 2018

Many rural Pennsylvania communities are seeing unique challenges related to the health of residents. Deaths related to heart and liver diseases, diabetes, accidental opioid overdose and suicide are rising in American small towns. Recognizing these unique problems, Penn State Clinical and…

26th Annual National Symposium on Family Issues will take place Oct. 22-23

Oct 2, 2018

The 2018 National Symposium on Family Issues will focus on the challenges that families in rural areas face and the strategies they take to maintain financial stability, health and well-being. The symposium, “Rural Families and Communities,” will be held Oct. 22-23 at the Nittany Lion Inn. Sessions…

$500,000 grant to focus on how rural innovation happens, how to inspire more

Jul 13, 2018

A Penn State economist will receive $500,000 over three years to study innovation in rural communities and find ways for communities to support rural entrepreneurs. The grant from the United States Department of Agriculture is aimed at better understanding and inspiring innovation in rural areas,…

Study of Appalachian adults reveals willingness to participate in research

Jul 11, 2018

The Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved has accepted a new study examining health disparities of Appalachian residents. It was conducted by public health professionals from Penn State College of Medicine, Ohio State University, Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey, and the…

SSRI assistant director participates in empowering women in Cambodia project

Jun 6, 2018

In a perfect world, everyone would have access to nutritious, affordable food. However, as Rick Bates knows, there is no such thing as utopia when it comes to food security, as millions of people around the world have limited food resources. One of those places is Cambodia in Southeast Asia, one of…

Weather patterns, farm income, other factors, may be influencing opioid crisis

Jan 23, 2018

The overprescribing of opioid-based painkillers may be the main driver of the increased abuse of opioids in rural America, but economists say that other factors, including declining farm income, extreme weather and other natural disasters, may affect a crisis that is killing thousands of citizens…