Bridging The Great Health Divide

  Large swaths of rural America are health care deserts with too few primary care doctors, pediatricians, and OB-GYNs to care for residents

In 207 counties in 2018, there wasn’t a family, general or internal medicine doctor – the primary care doctors mainly for adults, according to an InvestigateTV analysis of federal data.

  Alabama says nearly 1.5M COVID-19 vaccine doses administered

Officials: Black Belt leads state in vaccination percentages

  Bridging the Great Health Divide: Alabama ranks 7th in obesity

  People are dying earlier and facing more severe health issues in many rural communities

‘Diabetes Belt’ runs through much of Appalachia and the Mississippi Delta

Some rural areas hit hard with cancer deaths

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Appalachian, Mississippi Delta regions ‘medically underserved’ for decades

  Some Black Alabamians apprehensive about COVID-19 vaccine

Biden opens ‘Obamacare’ window for uninsured as COVID rages

Gray Television to use Google funding toward health coverage in Mississippi Delta, Appalachia

Alabama to face challenges distributing COVID-19 vaccine

Crenshaw County rejects tax increase to support hospital

  Gov. Ivey announces locations of mental health crisis centers

Gov. Kay Ivey announced Wednesday three mental health crisis diversion centers will be located in Montgomery, Mobile and Huntsville.

Black Belt Community Foundation announces first grants from COVID-19 Access Program

The program gives cities in 16 counties in Alabama’s Black Belt region immediate access to capital for COVID-19 response needs.

  Crenshaw Community Hospital looks to voters for financial boost

Crenshaw Community Hospital leaders hope a new campaign will lead to a “yes” vote by the people of Crenshaw County on Nov. 3.

  Lowndes County among ‘very high risk’ counties, leads state in COVID-19 cases per capita

Several areas in Alabama are considered very high risk for transmission of COVID-19 right now, and one of those is Lowndes County.

$300K headed to Black Belt communities facing pandemic costs

  The costs and savings of pandemic-era Medicaid expansion in Alabama

  Alabama hospitals strained under surge of COVID-19 cases, AHA says

  Survey: Ala. hospitals lost millions after elective procedures cut

New ambulance service coming to Lowndes County

  Lowndes County physician remains calm in midst of pandemic

  Black Belt has some of the highest COVID-19 case rates in state

Counties in Alabama’s Black Belt region are experiencing some of the highest COVID-19 case rates in the state.

  Alabama hospitals feeling effects of pandemic, some more than others

What’s going on inside our hospitals may be a better way to assess the current state of the pandemic.

  Groups urge Ivey to look at Medicaid expansion amidst COVID-19

There is a renewed push for Medicaid expansion from more than 60 groups amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

  Coronavirus crippling parts of Alabama’s health care system

Thousands of Alabama health care workers are losing their jobs or being furloughed because health care facilities are not allowed to provide elective procedures.

  Rural hospitals see layoffs after ban on elective procedures

Some Alabama rural hospitals laid off workers after the statewide health order prohibited elective procedures.

  Future hospital closures to come ‘if all things stay the same’

Pickens County Medical Center Friday became the 17th privately-run hospital to close in the state over the last decade.

  Rural health care a priority in 2020 Ala. legislative session

Ways to strengthen rural health care are expected to be discussed during the 2020 legislative session, which begins on Feb. 4.

  Coosa County welcomes first-of-its-kind medical clinic

Coosa County Probate Judge Richard Dean is being credited for playing a major role in getting Accordia Health to take a chance on Rockford.

  Hospital association says new money helps hospitals hold on

Alabama hospitals will receive $78 million in extra reimbursements for treating Medicaid patients.

  Rule change expected to give struggling hospitals another lifeline

A new rule change was announced this month is expected to help financially struggling hospitals.

  Sen. Doug Jones talks with health care leaders about rural hospital closures

Sen. Doug Jones met with health care leaders Tuesday to talk about solutions to Alabama’s rural health care crisis.

Georgiana hospital to close earlier than expected

Georgiana Medical Center will close in just days, not weeks.

  ‘Sad day in Georgiana’ official says of hospital closure

It hadn’t come as a surprise. Rumors had been trickling throughout the small town. Until Monday, they were just rumors. Now, with notice from Ivy Creek CEO Michael Bruce, it’s official.

  Alabama to lose another rural hospital

One of the two hospitals serving the Butler County community will close its doors in just over a month, the latest hospital to shutter its doors in rural Alabama.

  Hospital association releases reports, says Medicaid expansion will help save rural hospitals

The Crenshaw Community Hospital is in rural Alabama. The health care facility hopes every month it can at least break even.