Special Report: The Poverty Problem in the Rural Mountains of WNC

May 23, 2014

Excerpt from the Carolina Public Press report:

"Patrick Woodie, of the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center, said the health care sector is of particular interest to his organization, a nonprofit with a mission of “improving the lives of rural North Carolinians through the development, promotion and implementation of sound economic strategies.”

He noted that “rural North Carolina has greater health care needs and less of an ability to recruit health care professionals then our urban counterparts.” A move toward improving access to health care in rural communities has meant that “it was the only sector of the economy from 2008 to 2012 that added jobs in rural communities.”

In WNC, the health care sector accounted for 16 percent of regional rural employment.

But health care jobs is a sector offering a broad range of career pathways and many entry points, Woodie noted."

Read the full report.