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USDA Helps Rural Communities Restore Water Systems Damaged by Disasters
Nov 29, 2017 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) awarded two grants through the Water and Waste Disposal Technical Assistance and Training Grant program to help rural water and sewer utilities recover from recent and future natural disasters. These $500,000 grants will provide training and technical assistance, onsite repairs, and utility management advice for communities of 10,000 people or fewer and will help rural utilities apply for Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) disaster programs and file insurance recovery claims.
Source: United States Department of Agriculture
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Third-World Parasite Plagues the Rural South
Nov 22, 2017 - Highlights the prevalence of hookworm in the rural South, focusing on a specific county in Alabama. Many of these residents cannot afford septic systems, and those who can often have systems that are not conducive to the climate and soil type, pumping sewage back into homes. Details the impact of hookworm disease on health, especially in children, and research happening to better understand the problem and potential solutions.
Source: Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity
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In Rural America, Community-Driven Solutions Improve Health
Nov 15, 2017 - Blog post from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) on the diversity of rural America as well as the shared strengths and obstacles rural communities face and the impact those obstacles have on health. Includes examples of innovative local solutions in rural communities that were awarded the RWJF Culture of Health Prize, as well as a list of rural health resources.
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Blog
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For Some Native Americans, Uranium Contamination Feels Like Discrimination
Nov 14, 2017 - Details the high rates of uranium in drinking water on Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona which have led to health problems and deaths for residents. Also touches on the cultural attachment the Navajo people have to the land and why moving away is not an obvious choice. Of 521 uranium mines in the area, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has only cleaned up 9.
Source: NPR
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