When your county’s population is half what it was a century ago, you may begin to think your best days are behind you.
But despite the shift, the 13,000 residents of Allen County in rural southeastern Kansas are instead experiencing a watershed moment. They are banding together to foster a sense of belonging and to create a shared vision—everything from improving the collective health of the community to enhancing the livelihoods and prospects of everyone.
Allen County is working hard to address problems and devise real solutions. The results are there for everyone to see:
A new hospital, two new medical clinics, and better access to health care with a 10 percent uninsured rate, down from 21 percent in 2013.
Miles of new biking and hiking trails and more ways to live actively.
Neighbors helping neighbors and engaging in sometimes-difficult conversations around poverty, hunger and homelessness.