What are the contours of rural healthcare, the people, their ideas, their hopes, and their well-being? What are the cultural currents, past and present, that shape the characteristics of our communities?
These projects began with a focus on health disparities in rural Nebraska through the Minority Health Disparities Initiative and have expanded into several REACH Lab projects, most recently including the RDAR Center. Over time, this focus has broadened to include an inquiry into the ethos of rural health and the ideology that shapes and is shaped by, the history and contemporary configurations of these places. These projects endeavor to uncover this ideology, to render it “in plain sight,” and so we delve into those taken-for-granted assumptions – those things that go without saying – about the rural, the farmer, the pioneer, in an effort to lay bare those currents that shape our current and historical understanding of the Rural in Nebraska and elsewhere.