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Understanding Rural-Urban Differences in Veterans' Internet Access Use, and Patient Preferences for Telemedicine
Report breaks down differences in internet access, use, and opinions about telehealth for rural and urban veterans. Bases findings on interviews with eligible veterans and highlights veterans' experiences with telehealth.
Date: 11/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration's Office of Rural Health
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Why Rural Matters 2023: Centering Equity and Opportunity
Report describing schools in rural communities. Discusses the impact of COVID-19, access to psychologists and mental health supports, impact on poverty, broadband access, and more. Includes state-level comparisons.
Author(s): Daniel Showalter, Sara L. Hartman, Karen Eppley, Jerry Johnson, Bob Klein
Date: 11/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Education Association
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5G Fund for Rural America: Current Status and Issues
Provides an overview of the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) 5G Fund for Rural America, an initiative to bring voice and high-speed mobile broadband services to rural areas unlikely to see 5G cellular deployments without subsidies. Outlines considerations and concerns raised by members of Congress about the program.
Date: 11/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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BEAD Program Toolkit for Counties
Resource hub for county stakeholders working in broadband initiatives. Includes suggested action items, county-level data on broadband access, Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) related resources, webinars, and more.
Date: 10/2023
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Counties
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The Equity of Economic Opportunity in Rural America
Offers an overview of employment trends in rural America. Highlights the impact of technology and historical policy decisions on equity. Includes information for rural and urban comparisons as well as race and ethnicity, population movement, and broadband infrastructure data. Discusses policy solutions for improving equity in and for rural places.
Date: 10/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center on Rural Innovation
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Three USDA Rural Broadband Programs: Areas and Populations Served
Evaluation of funded and unfunded grants and loans for 3 U.S. Department of Agriculture rural broadband programs between 2009 and 2021. Determines geographic and population distribution trends and characteristics of successfully funded projects.
Author(s): John Pender, Joshua Goldstein, Devika Mahoney-Nair, Hanna Charankevich
Date: 10/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Challenges to Care of Patients with Diabetes in Rural, Underserved Areas
Discussion of providing care to diabetes patients in rural areas. Includes information on demographics, barriers to care, and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).
Author(s): Richard J. Santen
Date: 10/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Virginia School of Medicine
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Mental Health Outcomes Among Patients Living in US Counties Lacking Broadband Access and Psychiatrists
Presents a study on mental health access for people who live in counties without psychiatrists and broadband coverage. Discusses the expansion of telehealth services for mental healthcare and consultation. Aims to evaluate mental health access in mostly rural counties with a workforce shortage and a lack of broadband access.
Author(s): Tarun Ramesh, Ryan K. McBain, Jonathan H. Cantor, et al.
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 6(9), e2333781
Date: 09/2023
Type: Document
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State of Mississippi: Five Year Action Plan: Broadband Expansion and Accessibility of Mississippi (BEAM) Program
Provides overview of the Broadband Expansion and Accessibility of Mississippi Office's Five-Year Action Plan, covering 2023 through 2028, for providing high-speed internet service throughout the state. Includes information on existing programs and funding, administrative structure, partnerships, data gathering, and more. Includes county level data both statewide and in the Delta Region for Mississippi.
Date: 09/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Broadband Expansion and Accessibility of Mississippi
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Rural New York: Challenges and Opportunities
Provides comparative data for the 10 rural counties in New York. Discusses issues such as transportation, aging and overall declining population, shrinking labor force, and lack of access to adequate housing, food, healthcare, and broadband.
Author(s): Thomas P. DiNapoli
Date: 09/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the New York State Comptroller
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