A Battle for Community Health in Texas' Rio Grande Valley

U.S. News 

The Rio Grande Valley is home to many health barriers that are common among low-income communities across the country: Roughly half of the sprawling region is considered a food desert – where neighborhoods, often low-income ones, lack ready access to healthy food – while scores of restaurants and fast-food joints line the roads. Public transportation is limited, and the rates of people without health insurance are generally much higher than in the state overall, leaving many residents to wait until their health conditions reach emergency status before they seek care.

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