This is rural health week in Pennsylvania, where a concerns throughout the commonwealth are brought to light.
PA is near the top in the country for rural residents, with twenty three percent of Pennsylvanians in rural areas.
Jason Coopey, Co-owner of Way Fruit Farm in Port Matilda, says health care can be a big issue for farmers and others in small towns who aren’t always close to a physician and may not be able to afford medical care.
“We serve a lot of customers who drive from DuBois, St. Mary’s, they come down to our store because they’re coming into State College to see the doctor, and so a lot of parts of Pennsylvania are not well serviced by physicians,” Coopey, said.
He points out other challenges for farmers in isolated areas are, the danger of using machinery, climbing trees and dealing with chronic pain.