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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Community and economic development

Live Healthy, Live Well, ‘Live Algoma’
Provides an overview of the residents in Algoma, Wisconsin coming together as a community to set goals and work together on health and wellness issues. Working together Algoma residents have created an alternative school, called Pathfinder, out of an old bank, built the Algoma Community Wellness Center, made connections between local industries and schools to create new learning opportunities for students, and more. Algoma is a recipient of the 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Prize.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Implementing Physical Activity Recommendations in a Tri-ethnic Rural Community through a Community-University Partnership
Details the findings of a study on community-university partnerships to improve health and encourage physical activity in rural communities with limited resources. Presents a timeline of the partnership formation and the steps to designing and implementing evidence-based strategies to increase physical activity.
Author(s): Sally M. Davis, Theresa Cruz, Julia Meredith Hess, Richard Kozoll, Janet Page-Reeves
Location: Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 11(2), 149-159
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
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As the South Grows: Strong Roots
Explores the connection between community-driven economic development and equity in the South, particularly in the Lowcountry and Coal Country. Focuses on promoting systemic, long-term economic change in the South through culturally sensitive, locally controlled philanthropic investments.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Ryan Schlegel, Stephanie Peng
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
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After Hospital Closure: Pursuing High Performance Rural Health Systems without Inpatient Care
Describes ways for rural communities to develop optimal healthcare delivery systems after a local hospital closure. Features 3 case studies from Arizona, Michigan, and Illinois. Includes tables showing options currently available under federal and state laws, and policies under consideration.
Author(s): Keith J. Mueller, Charlie Alfero, Andrew F. Coburn, et al.
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute Rural Health Panel
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Strengthening the Safety Net: Community Health Centers on the Front Lines of American Health Care
Highlights community health centers as an integral part of the American healthcare delivery system. Explains how health centers area able to improve access to care, deliver value, serve communities, and respond to emerging challenges. Also provides stories about health centers that currently serve rural communities, and presents policy priorities that will help health centers succeed in the future.
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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In Focus: Reimagining Rural Health Care
Examines innovative and/or experimental initiatives taking place in rural communities across the U.S. Covers topics such as Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), global payments, care coordination, and social determinants of health. Overviews a specific project in each category where stakeholders are actively working to improve their rural healthcare delivery system.
Author(s): Sarah Klein, Martha Hostetter
Location: Transforming Care: Reporting on Health System Improvement
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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Tennessee Hospital Association 2017 Rural Impact Report
Describes hospitals' economic impact on rural Tennessee communities and the effect of hospital closures. Includes county-level statistics on ER visits, births, cost of bad debt and charity care, number of employees, salaries, and total economic impact.
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Tennessee Hospital Association
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Roundtable Discussion on "Building Native America Together: Infrastructure Innovation and Improvements for the New Administration and Indian Country."
Recorded webinar of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs, along with the U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works (EPW), the House Committee on Natural Resources, and participating panelists, discussing infrastructure needs in Indian country. Discussion is intended to highlight important issues and help the new administration set priorities when considering future infrastructure packages.
Date: 03/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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Pine Ridge Agriculture Economy (PRAE)
Describes the initiative on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to enhance the economy of the reservation through job creation. Initiative was designed to help families achieve an acceptable standard of living while utilizing technology and effective value-added techniques, to incorporate sustainable and natural resource conservation, attract individuals to agriculture, and support self-sufficiency, while also creating a sustainable and healthy food supply for the community.
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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USDA Rural Development: 2016 Progress Report
Highlights the investments U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development (RD) has made to promote community and economic development in 2016, many of which impact the overall health and safety of rural Americans. Provides state-by-state statistics, funding totals for RD programs, and highlights a specific RD program from each state. Includes information on RD funding for Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Western Pacific.
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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