This article was written by Amber Blomberg, Manager of the BCBSND Caring Foundation and Community Partnerships.
Supporting rural communities is important. I know this firsthand.
I grew up on a farm in a small rural community, population 1,302. Eight minutes to town, 20 minutes to school and 45 minutes to the nearest "big city" with a large retail store.
Like many other small towns, my hometown consisted of a church, bar, gas station, bank, café and school, among other "ma and pa" shops. However, one thing that set us apart from many other towns was that we had a hospital. As a child, I remember it was so nice not having to travel far to go to the doctor for checkups and appointments, especially the time I broke my arm in the 7th grade.