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October 23, 2014
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Bleak Sullivan healthcare landscape discussed; poverty aggravates bad health


There followed a wide ranging discussion of the health challenges facing county residents. Two challenges stood out among the many that were discussed. One was transportation, especially in the outlying towns, where low-income people had trouble getting to stores that would accept their Woman Infant and Children vouchers for supplemental food, because some low-income residents don’t have cars, and even those who do can’t afford the $4.10 per gallon price of gas. Additionally, not all towns in the county have stores that accept the vouchers.

Another challenge that was indentified was a lack of broadband Internet access in some of the outlying towns. Many of the agencies that provide health services can be located on the Internet, but identifying them and connecting with them is difficult for low-income residents without broadband access.