Author Archives: Maryam Khojasteh

Transforming Rural Health Through Economic Development

Nov 17, 2021, 11:00 AM, Posted by Maryam Khojasteh

The challenges and opportunities for rural America are complex. While rural economic development has come a long way in the last 40 years, we still have a lot to learn. 

Aerial image of a rural town.

To mark National Rural Health Day, RWJF’s Maryam Khojasteh sat down with Janet Topolsky, executive director of the Community Strategies Group at the Aspen Institute, to talk about rural economic development, the challenges and opportunities facing rural America, and what the future holds for improving rural economies. Topolsky, who is stepping down after a 40-year career working on developing opportunities and capacity in rural America, oversees the development of the Thrive Rural framework, an effort begun by the Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group (Aspen CSG) in partnership with the University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Thrive Rural framework aims to organize learning, strengthen understanding, and catalyze and align action around what it will take for communities and Native nations across the rural United States to be healthy places where everyone belongs, lives with dignity, and thrives.

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