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Bridging a Care Gap: Policy Opportunities for Improving Access to Home-Based Primary Care
Recording of a panel discussion on home-based primary care for rural older adults and policies that could address challenges with offering and accessing home-based primary care. Discusses telehealth, broadband, community infrastructure, service models, community health workers, and more. Transcript available in the video description.
Date: 12/2023
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Duke Margolis Institute for Health Policy
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What's in it for Rural? Analyzing the Opportunities for Rural America in IIJA, CHIPS, and IRA
Evaluates the significance to rural areas of appropriations and authorizations approved by the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), the CHIPS and Science Act (CHIPS), and the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA). Identifies rural-significant funding by agency and sector, and discusses economic and financial aspects of allocations and funding structure. Summarizes major appropriations in infrastructure, energy, climate resilience, broadband, environment, and more. Provides recommendations for use and reporting of funds by officials, agencies, and policymakers.
Author(s): Anthony F. Pipa, Elise Pietro
Date: 12/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The Brookings Institution
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Federal Funding for Broadband Deployment: Agencies and Considerations for Congress
Provides an overview of federal agencies that fund broadband deployment and describes each agency's key broadband programs. Discusses policy issues and considerations for Congress related to federal broadband deployment funding at these agencies, including creating a coordinated national broadband strategy, expanding oversight, and shifting to funding sustainability.
Date: 12/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Who is Served by USDA Rural Broadband Projects? Study Shows Smaller Share of Eligible American Indians and Alaska Natives Reached by ReConnect
Examines which populations were reached in fiscal years 2009-2021 by three USDA rural broadband programs: the Broadband Initiatives Program, the Community Connect grant program, and the ReConnect grant and loan program. Provides information about each program, its service area, and obligations. For the ReConnect program, looks at eligibility and project approval by race/ethnicity, educational attainment, poverty, and population 65 and older, with particular discussion of disparities in access for eligible American Indian and Alaska Native populations.
Author(s): John Pender
Citation: Amber Waves
Date: 12/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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2023 Broadband/Internet Availability Survey Report
Presents findings of a survey capturing rural broadband and internet availability data as reported by 205 internet companies in NTCA's email database. Describes technologies used to provide broadband services, broadband availability and subscription rates, barriers to widespread fiber deployment, and more.
Date: 12/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: NTCA: The Rural Broadband Association
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Geographic Variations in Driving Time to U.S. Mental Health Care, Digital Access to Technology, & Household Crowdedness
Evaluated distance to mental health services, household crowdedness, and access to technology and broadband alongside rurality to determine barriers to mental healthcare for both rural and urban residents in 31,924 ZIP Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs). Discusses implications for telehealth and policy measures addressing the digital divide.
Author(s): Sophia N. D. Negaro, Rachel M. Hantman, Janice C. Probst, et al.
Citation: Health Affairs Scholar, 1(6)
Date: 12/2023
Type: Document
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Farm Bill Primer: Rural Broadband Provisions
Highlights selected rural broadband programs and provisions included in the 2018 Farm Bill, including the Rural Broadband Program, Community Connect Grant Program, and Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program. Outlines considerations for Congress related to the ReConnect Program, rural health challenges, and expanding broadband to support increased telework opportunities.
Date: 12/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Farm Bill Primer: Rural Development Title
Provides an overview of the rural development provisions of the 2018 Farm Bill, including provisions related to rural broadband, water and waste disposal, and business creation and economic development. Offers considerations Congress may consider in the 2024 reauthorization of the Farm Bill related to the ReConnect Program and rural health challenges.
Date: 12/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Disparities in Electronic Health Record Portal Access and Use among Patients with Cancer
Evaluates use of electronic health record (EHR) portal use among adult cancer patients who received treatment at 3 IMPACT cancer research centers, utilizing data extracted in February, 2022. Provides data on EHR portal use and frequency, and identifies associations with factors including sex, age, race and ethnicity, rural dwelling, broadband access, number of clinical encounters, and more.
Author(s): Joan M Griffin, Barbara L Kroner, Sandra L Wong, et al.
Citation: Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 2023, djad225
Date: 11/2023
Type: Document
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Why Do Older, White, Rural Residents Have Slower Broadband Speeds?
Evaluates the role of age and rurality in slower broadband speeds for older, white, rural residents. Discusses the concept of a reverse digital divide.
Author(s): Robert Gallardo
Citation: The Daily Yonder
Date: 11/2023
Type: Document
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