Healthy, thriving communities support healthy individuals. Reimagine Rural is a newly launched podcast series which shares inspiring stories of rural community development. The series is hosted by Tony Pipa of the Bookings Institute, a speaker at the Appalachian Health Conference, hosted by Virginia Tech Extension in November 2022.
Reimagine Rural features rural towns experiencing positive change. Episode themes include developing a resilient downtown, nurturing entrepreneurial spark, transforming coal country, federal rural policy, and protecting community integrity. Touching on community development, outdoor recreational tourism, and economic development, the series highlights the need for hope and beauty in rural areas.
Extension’s Framework for Health Equity and Well-Being advocates utilization of a community development approach. Reimagine Rural shares real-world community development challenges and successes, through local voices.