Mistrust and Polarization Steer Rural Governments to Reject Federal Public Health Funding

by | Nov 18, 2022 | Health

ELKO, Nev. — When Elko County commissioners rejected a $500,000 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that could have helped the county create a health department or health district, Kayla Hopkins pleaded with them to reconsider.

Hopkins, who has lived for nearly nine years in the sprawling rural county that forms the northeastern corner of Nevada, told the board how she struggled through postpartum depression and needed mental health resources.

“I was unable to get the help that I needed,” Hopkins said during a public meeting in late 2021, adding that she fell into what could be considered a mental breakdown. She said she was sent by air ambulance more than 300 miles away to Carson City, where she received care in a psychiatric facility for 10 days.

“I was away from my family,” Hopkins said. “I was away from my support system here, and I still struggle with mental health, and I still cannot get the help that I need because we just don’t have it here.”

Pleas from Hopkins and others weren’t enough to sway the elected commissioners. Neither were 11 letters from local health leaders urging the board to take the infusion of public health funding. Four of the county’s five co …

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