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WHEN BULLDOGS HEAL MSU DELIVERS HEALTH CARE TO RURAL COMMUNITIES - PART 2 By Vanessa Beeson, Photos by Beth Wynn & Submitted

For the 14% of Americans and 52% of Mississippians who live in rural areas, the tradeoff for “country living” often means doing so without access to quality health care, because where wide-open spaces abound, doctor’s offices do not. Chronic disease, injury-related death and mental health issues are more prevalent, but health care providers to treat and manage these conditions are scarce. To combat this discrepancy, Bulldogs across the country are working to improve health outcomes for rural citizens. “When Bulldogs Heal Part 1” sheds a light on how Maroon and White alumni are providing necessary health services to rural communities. Part 2 of this series explores how MSU faculty, staff and students are committed to helping rural Americans overcome the statistics in a quest for better health access and outcomes.

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