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I-ACT Community Wellness Discussions

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Wabash Valley, IN

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"Desert" Communities

Q&A:

What are the most needed solutions in Wabash Valley?

Rural residents report:

1.  Not enough local higher paying jobs

2.  Too many people using illegal drugs and drinking alcohol

4.  Not enough people with high skills seeking jobs locally

5.  Lack of cohesive and safe family housing

6. Not enough residents seeking high education in our own communities

7. Too many desert communities without Internet, running water, and roads for easy access

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Brazil, IN

Population 

Q&A:

Why do you think Brazil has high drug addiction and high mental health issues?

Rural residents report:

1.  Brazil is a growing young community with few options for job skill development and higher education motivation

2.  There are limited employers and those available offer lower pay than the average causing many to leave the community

3. The poor are not seeking mental health because they can not afford it or have the time for therapy during the day.

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Clay City, IN

Population 

Q&A:

As a small community with "Big Pride" and close business relations, what is missing?

Rural residents report:

1.  Awareness of current resources and changes each are going through so we can get help.

2.  Not to be told what we can and can not do in our own home and community

3. More options for our children to be interested in growing our own community

4. The community to all  be one voice so we can find the resources to re-imagine our own town and businesses

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Marshall, IL

Population 

Q&A:

What are your challenges in your region?

Rural residents report:

1. Supporting a country that is taking away our liberty and rights

2.  Finding people in our desert communities to ask them what they need

3. More options for our children to be interested in growing our own community

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