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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Community and economic development

CDFIs 'Make Dreams Come True' by Creating Opportunity in Rural Spaces
Describes the role that Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) can play in helping rural areas gain access to flexible financing options to support rural health projects. Highlights how the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and Healthcare Georgia Foundation work with CDFIs to help address rural health concerns. Also features a CDFI recipient of Uplift America, the South Carolina Community Loan Fund, that has helped support a health professions high school.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Rural Development Hubs: Strengthening America's Rural Innovation Infrastructure
Looks at the role rural development hubs play in rural infrastructure development. Discusses healthcare access and population health as beneficiaries of rural infrastructure development.
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group
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Transforming Persistent Poverty in America: How Community Development Financial Institutions Drive Economic Opportunity
Report discusses the role community development financial institutions play in rural communities. Highlights economic and social barriers in rural counties, such as unemployment, lack of financial institutions, inadequate housing, structural inequality, and lack of access to healthcare, among others.
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Partners for Rural Transformation
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A Systemic Framework for Understanding the Dynamics of Rural Communities in America
Identifies factors and mechanisms that influence positive and negative outcomes in rural communities. Discusses the relationship between labor and health capacity, with examples of how these can vary over time. Examines household, organizational, and community dynamics, as well as the impact of regional, state, and federal forces on rural communities.
Author(s): Gery W. Ryan, David Catt, Lauren Davis, J. Luke Irwin, Susan S. Everingham
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RAND Corporation
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Collaborating for Prosperity With American Indians and Alaska Natives: Rural Development Programs for Tribes, Tribal Families, Children, and Communities
Highlights the major USDA Rural Development (RD) programs and initiatives that support American Indians and Alaska Natives. Covers topics such as food security, housing, education, healthcare, economic opportunity, and infrastructure. Features success stories of how these programs have been used in tribal communities. Also includes contact information for the RD office in each state.
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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Community Facilities Direct Loan Program Guidance Book for Applicants
Describes the Community Facilities Direct Loan program, designed to help develop essential community facilities located in rural areas to serve rural people. Provides an overview of the program and includes information on eligibility determination, the pre-application process, the application process and underwriting, and closings and construction.
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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Greater Good Podcasts Rural Health Segment, Part 1: How Did We Get Here? Rural Health Challenges in America
Set of three podcast episodes featuring Erika Ziller and Yvonne Jonk of the Maine Rural Health Research Center discussing current rural health issues and challenges, as well as historical factors related to the current rural health system. Addresses rural aging and long-term care, dental care, health insurance coverage, and health-related impacts of growing up in a rural community. Also compares rural health in Maine, other parts of the U.S., and rural communities in other countries.
Additional links: Part 2: Growing Up Rural, Part 3: Rural Health in Maine and America vs. the World
Author(s): Carrie Wilshusen, Erika Ziller, Yvonne Jonk
Date: 09/2019
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: University of Maine Graduate and Professional Center
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Tracking Change in the North Country
Summarizes the findings of several studies focused on the rural community of Coos County, New Hampshire and surrounding areas transitioning from a manufacturing to a tourism based economy. Includes the results from a survey of rural adults to understand their perceptions of the economic, social, and environmental issues in their community. Discusses a 10-year study of youth health and social behavior including their attachment to school and community, expectations for the future, and decisions regarding where they want to live and work as young adults.
Author(s): Eleanor Jaffee
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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The United States Prosperity Index 2019
Assesses the economic, institutional, and social aspects of prosperity across the United States over the past decade. Features state-by-state breakdown of prosperity increases and decreases. Examines 11 pillars of prosperity, made up of 48 different elements, measured by over 200 state-level indicators. Includes rural broadband access information for some states.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 07/2019
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Legatum Institute
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Community Impact and Benefit Activities of Critical Access, Other Rural, and Urban Hospitals, 2017
Details a study on Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) economic and healthcare benefit to rural communities. Looks at services provided, economic health of CAHs, and the effect this has on their communities broadly. Compares CAHs to other rural and urban hospitals.
Author(s): Zachariah Croll, John Gale, Jeremy Zuckero
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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