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The paper is part of the larger program The Great Plains in Transition: A New Vision of the Heartland. This document contains a case study of Brush, Colorado, wherein researchers examined local community health through field research and qualitative surveys.
The result of this case study and our other studies is best characterized as a “window on the transformation” of the region. Rather than profiling and comparing communities, counties and states, we ended up doing what sociologists might call “life history” case studies as a way to create windows on understanding the process of change and transformation in the Great Plains as a whole.