Legatum Institute Releases State by State Prosperity Index at American Enterprise Institute

July 18, 2019 @ 3:00 pm – 5:00 pm Prosperity entails much more than wealth; it reaches way beyond the financial and into the well-being and character of a nation and its institutions. It is about creating an environment where citizens can reach their full potential. A nation is prosperous when it has an open economy, an […]

RUPRI Rural Cultural Wealth Lab Releases Phase One Products

The RUPRI Rural Cultural Wealth Lab is pleased to announce the release of several products from the first phase of the Lab’s research. These are designed to review the scholarly and applied literature regarding rural arts and culture. These relate to rural cultural assets, the nature of rural and economic innovation, and the contribution each […]

Health Affairs blog Features RUPRI Writing on Affordable Health Insurance Options in Rural Areas

The Health Affairs blog recently featured a piece by Abigail Barker, Timothy McBride & Keith Mueller of the RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis, examining whether the health insurance market can deliver affordable health insurance options in rural areas.   Can the Market Deliver Affordable Health Insurance for Rural Areas, discusses the multiple challenges that rural areas […]

RUPRI Scholars’ Research on Rural Intergenerational Mobility featured in CityLab

RUPRI Scholars, Bruce Weber, and Matt Fannin, and their colleagues, Kathleen Miller and Stephan Goetz, have recently released research that shows that average upward mobility is greater for youth in nonmetropolitan counties than in metropolitan counties.  CityLab, a publication of Atlantic Media dedicated to examining life and development in our nation’s cities, featured this work in a […]

RUPRI Research on Rural Pharmacy Closures featured in US New & World Report

Ongoing research on rural pharmacy closures by the RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis was featured in a US News & World Report article, Rural Pharmacies and Closing: Where Does That Leave Patients. “IN RURAL AND SMALL-TOWN America, independent pharmacies play a vital role for the customers who rely on them. However, U.S. rural pharmacies are dwindling. Since […]

Latest Issue of Focus from Institute for Research on Poverty highlights Papers from RUPRI Rural Poverty Conference

The October 2018 issue of Focus from the Institute for Research on Poverty at the University of Wisconsin highlights papers from the RUPRI “RuralPoverty: Fifty Years After The People Left Behind” Conference presented in Washington, DC in March. View Focus 2018 issue This issue includes two articles that draw from the conference. The first, by Bruce Weber, summarizes papers […]

John Davis Named 2018-2020 RUPRI Senior Policy Fellow

The Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) is honored to announce that John Davis, who recently retired as Executive Director of Lanesboro Arts in Minnesota, has been named a 2018-2020 RUPRI Senior Policy Fellow. “We are thrilled and honored that John will serve as a RUPRI Senior Policy Fellow, contributing to our emerging Rural Cultural Wealth […]

RUPRI’s Rural Health Research Findings included in new GAO Report on Rural Hospital Closures

The United States Government Accountability Office was asked by Members of Congress to examine Rural Hospital Closures and the Number and Characteristics of Affected Hospitals and Contributing Factors. Research and policy considerations from the RUPRI Health Panel, the RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis and Rural Health Value, in partnership with Stratis Health, were included in the report. GAO’s analysis […]

Dr. Bruce Weber featured on ERS for Research on SNAP Participation in Oregon

ERS explores the relationship between local economic conditions and the duration of able-bodied adults’ enrollment in SNAP. Researchers, including Dr. Bruce Weber, examine whether improvements in local labor market conditions in Oregon shorten enrollment times for these SNAP recipients.  View Report

RUPRI’s Fluharty Highlights Accomplishments of Kentucky Valley Education Cooperative

The work of the Kentucky Valley Education Cooperative (KVEC) to use their Race to the Top grant from the Department of Education to advance new learning opportunities in rural Kentucky schools was highlighted in a recent Pacific Standard article, How to Rewrite a Region’s Story As the article states, “Fixing education in coal country would require a tectonic […]

RUPRI’s Director of National Policy Programs, Jocelyn Richgels, Discusses Smmertime Experiences of Rural Children

Jocelyn Richgels, director of national policy programs for the Rural Policy Research Institute, was an invited panelist at a National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine information gathering session held Sept. 19 in Washington, D.C. The session was convened by the Committee on Summertime Experiences and Child and Adolescent Education, Health, and Safety. The committee, […]

HHS National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services Fall Meeting

September 10, 2018 – September 12, 2018 The Secretary’s National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS) has scheduled a public meeting for September 10-12. The meeting will be held in CHarlotte, NC, along with site visits to rural North Carolina. Information about NACRHHS and the agenda for this meeting can be found on the NACRHHS website. During the […]

RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis Featured in Washington Post

Research released last month on rural independent pharmacy closures by the RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis was highlighted in The Health 202, a morning health care policy newsletter published by the Washington Post. As the newsletter states, “The impact on rural pharmacies’ profits is tangible. The RUPRI report found that 630 rural communities saw their only pharmacy close […]

Chuck Fluharty and Savannah Barrett participate in National Governors Association Experts’ Roundtable

RUPRI President and CEO Chuck Fluharty and RUPRI National Director of Next Generation Programs recently participated in an invited experts roundtable hosted by the National Governors Association, the National Assembly of State Arts Agencies, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Leveraging the Creative Sector to Strengthen Rural Economic Development took place at the Hall of States on […]

USDA Secretary Perdue Presents Findings on Rural Prosperity to President Trump

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue will ceremonially present today the findings of the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to President Donald J. Trump at the 2018 American Farm Bureau Annual Convention in Nashville, Tennessee. On April 25, 2017, President Trump signed an Executive Order establishing the task force “to ensure the informed exercise of regulatory […]

RUPRI Partner, Rural Health Information Hub, Celebrates 15th Anniversary

The Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub), a RUPRI partner, celebrates it’s 15th Anniversary this month.  RUPRI co-founded RHIhub with Dr. Mary Wakefield and the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota in 2002 with funding from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy at the Department of Health and Human Services.  Since it’s […]

RUPRI Rural Cultural Wealth Lab highlighted in NEA press release: New Research Highlights Economic Impact of the Arts in Rural Communities National Endowment for the Arts Releases Rural Arts, Design, and Innovation in America Online Conversation at #NEArural

Washington, DC—Rural arts organizations draw more non-local audiences to their venues and report greater civic leadership and customer connectedness than their urban peers, according to a new research report, Rural Arts, Design, & Innovation in America: Research Findings from the Rural Establishment Innovation Survey. Published by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), the report is […]

RUPRI Partner, Art of the Rural Program Director Savannah Barrett, interviewed about the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange in the Wall Street Journal

“What we have found is that it’s really difficult to hate someone you’ve had deep, meaningful, transformative experiences with—and whose community you’ve really come to value because you’ve felt welcome and appreciated there.” –Savannah Barrett, Director of Programs at Art of the Rural and Co-founder of the Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange The Kentucky Rural-Urban Exchange is featured in The […]

Delta Regional Authority: Celebrating the Art, Music & Culture of the Delta

African-American influence in American music is widely evident. We know this all too well in the Mississippi River Delta region, where the Blues that were shaped by African-Americans still reign supreme. These musical contributions give us all a richer, deeper understanding of American culture, shaping music that includes rock and roll, rhythm and blues, jazz, […]

RUPRI Health Panel Member, Jennifer Lundblad, Discusses Antibiotic Stewardship for Rural Hospitals

In a recent Rural Monitor article for the Rural Health Information Hub, Jennifer Lundblad, CEO of Stratis Health and a member of the RUPRI Health Panel, discusses the economic impact of antibiotic stewardship (AS) programs for rural hospitals.  She also referenced a RUPRI Health Panel public comment letter on a proposed rule from the Centers on Medicare and Medicaid that would require […]

RUPRI Named NEA National Research Lab

Washington, DC – The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announces the first projects funded through a new program, NEA Research Labs. The cross-sector projects supported through the program investigate how the arts contribute to positive outcomes for individuals and communities. The NEA will fund four inaugural projects totaling $598,600 that will yield insights for […]

NPR: Farmers Are Courting Trump, But They Don’t Speak For All Of Rural America

Chuck Fluharty, president of the Rural Policy Research Institute at the University of Iowa, which focuses on the economic health of rural communities, says small towns don’t depend much on farmers anymore — yet farmers need their struggling rural towns. Farmers “are worrying about that car dealer, and they’re worrying about that bank, and they’re […]

Fluharty honored for distinguished leadership in rural development at Wesleyan University in Mount Pleasant Commencement ceremony

Charles Fluharty, clinical professor of health management and policy, and founder, president, and CEO of the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI), was recently honored by Iowa Wesleyan University as the inaugural recipient of the Presidential Medal for Outstanding Merit. The award, conferred during the Iowa Wesleyan University commencement ceremony on May 7, recognizes Fluharty for “lifelong […]

The Applied Economics Department at Oregon State University recently honored Dr. Bruce Weber, Professor Emeritus and Director of the OSU Rural Studies Program

Bruce Weber, Professor Emeritus and Director of the OSU Rural Studies Program, on the occasion of his retirement. Bruce continues his leadership role on the RUPRI Analytic and Academic Programs team.  View Article

Featured RUPRI Leader: Cheryal Lee Hills

Cheryal Lee Hills, Executive Director, Region Five Development Commission (R5DC) Affiliate 501c3 North Central Economic Development Association With over 25 years of experience in community and economic development, Cheryal currently provides oversight of over three million dollars in project, levy and grant annual income. She oversees a high performing staff of six who deliver a range […]

Featured RUPRI Leader: Dr. Bruce Weber

Bruce has been a professor of applied economics at Oregon State University since the 1970s, where he teaches courses on rural community economics and policy on rural poverty. He is also the director of the OSU Rural Studies Program and does applied research on rural poverty and the U.S. social safety net. He has been […]

Rural Wealth Creation Team receives USDA Abraham Lincoln Honor Award

LINCOLN HONOR AWARD: For leading a national research program on rural wealth creation that incorporates a broader conception of wealth into efforts to achieve and measure rural prosperity. RUPRI Team: Dr. Bruce Weber, Professor of Applied Economics and Director of the Rural Studies Program, Oregon State University Dr. Matthew Fannin, Associate Professor, Louisiana State University […]

Featured RUPRI Leader: Dr. Tom Johnson

Tom Johnson has been with RUPRI since it’s early years at the University of Missouri.  Since his research, teaching and outreach have been focused on factors that affect the quality of life for farm families and other rural residents, Tom’s interests fit nicely within RUPRI’s developing mission. He served as the first RUPRI fellow in […]

NADO Research Foundation and RUPRI Release Tool to Calculate Local Government Preparedness for Disasters

The NADO Research Foundation and the Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) have released a national spreadsheet tool to supplement their publication, “Financial Planning for Disasters:  A Workbook for Local Governments and Regions.”  The workbook and the spreadsheet are designed to help local governments and regions understand their financial vulnerabilities to natural disasters, evaluate their financial capacity to cover the […]