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There is just one hospital in western Indiana’s Vermillion County. The slender, 37-mile long county is dotted with corn and soybean fields, and driving from one end to the other would take nearly an hour. 

Union Hospital Clinton is small, only 25 beds, but it also serves parts of two neighboring counties. The area suffers from some of Indiana’s highest rates of heart attack and stroke. 

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Southern Illinois University

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIUC Chancellor Austin Lane about how the campus is handling COVID-19, along with what he's working on to boost enrollment in the future.

Southern 7's Head Start Adapts to COVID-19

Oct 8, 2020
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Courtesy of Shawnna Rhine Southern Seven Health Department.

COVID-19 has affected every aspect of our lives and educators are busy keeping up with delivering to students, while keeping everybody safe.

As the new school year gets underway, some students are in classrooms and others are at home but one thing is now clear: all kids can get free school meals. That’s because the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which oversees the National School Lunch Program, the School Breakfast Program and the Summer Food Service Program, has extended the pandemic provisions it introduced last spring, which include eliminating the requirement that families apply for reduced-fees or free meals. 

While COVID-19 has hampered farmers this year by forcing many farmers markets and restaurants to close, usually it’s the weather that threatens crops. A practice called “gleaning” helps save crops from going to waste while feeding those in need. 

Heavy rain was causing flooding all along the Arkansas River. Before Joe Tierney knew it, water from the nearby creek was creeping forward onto his farm in Bixby, Oklahoma. He had to evacuate, leaving behind fields full of vegetables. All Tierney could do was watch the water get closer and closer, he says.

Lexington, Nebraska, is just one of the many rural communities that has long dealt with food insecurity, but the global pandemic both intensified need in the town of 11,000 residents and presented new challenges in getting people food. 

 

Ja Nelle Pleasure never used to think twice about putting food on the table for her family.

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with authors Cary O'Dell and Thad Heckman about their new book, "Bucky's Dome."

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with southern Illinois Live 2 Lead Facilitator Russ Williams about this year's event, and the effects of COVID-19 on the annual series.

The Women's Center

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with Andrea Stephens, the Domestic Violence Program Coordinator for The Women's Center in Carbondale.

Todd Graham, SIU Debate Coach
SIU

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU Debate Director Todd Graham ahead of the first Presidential Debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden.

Southern Illinois University

WSIU's Jennifer Fuller talks with SIU President Dan Mahony about the university's response and plans surrounding COVID-19, and also recent "Conversations of Understanding" and initiatives combatting racism throughout the system.

InFocus: Covid-19

Sep 27, 2020

When the novel coronavirus arrived in Illinois, it forced dramatic changes to the way we all live and work. In this episode of InFocus, we explore how those changes affected policy, education, healthcare, and the arts. We learn more about organizations that are stepping up to fill the gaps for people who need help.