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Resources by Topic: Community and economic development

Voices for Food: Methodologies for Implementing a Multi-state Community-based Intervention in Rural, High Poverty Communities
Highlights a study on an intervention to address barriers to food access in economically impoverished rural communities. Focuses on 24 counties in 6 Midwestern states and details the various assessment tools used to evaluate the needs of the community and the success of the intervention.
Author(s): Suzanne Stluka, Lindsay Moore, Heather A. Eicher-Miller, et al.
Citation: BMC Public Health, 18
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
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Hospital Community Benefit Spending in Minnesota, 2013 to 2015: A Report to the Minnesota Legislature
Examines the community benefits and program spending from 2013 to 2015 that promoted health in Minnesota communities. Discusses trends in community benefits and program spending in rural areas. Includes hospital community benefit information by hospital characteristics including rurality.
Additional links: Data Tables
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health
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USDA Road Trip Through Rural America: Q&A with Anne Hazlett
An interview with USDA Assistant to the Secretary for Rural Development Anne Hazlett. Hazlett discusses the role USDA programs play in addressing rural health-related concerns such as broadband access and shares what she has learned from a series of rural roundtables focused on opioid misuse.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Spotlight Stories: Thunder Valley CDC
Highlights Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation (TVCDC), a organization working to improve health, culture, and the environment on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota. Discusses efforts to address housing shortages, wellness promotion, and community development.
Author(s): Andrea Waner
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Community Commons
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Community Recruiters
Article describing the process a rural North Dakota community used to recruit two family physicians, through the efforts of community members and representatives of the local Critical Access Hospital.
Author(s): Stacy Kusler
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Much More Than Money — The Impact of Small Rural Foundations
Blog post describing 5 ways in which small foundations in rural areas leverage non-financial assets to improve their communities.
Author(s): Allen Smart
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Exponent Philanthropy
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Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure: Opportunities Exist to Enhance Federal Agency Needs Assessment and Coordination on Tribal Projects
Presents a report on the state of drinking water and wastewater infrastructure on tribal lands. Features recommendations for the Indian Health Service and the USDA to address these needs.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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What Unites and Divides Urban, Suburban and Rural Communities
Report highlights different outcomes and opinions of people in rural, suburban, and urban communities on a number of topics, including demographic shifts, urgent problems, and life satisfaction, among others. Features demographic data, a county level breakdown, and a case study highlighting a rural, suburban, and urban county.
Additional links: Full Report
Author(s): Kim Parker, Juliana Horowitz, Anna Brown, et al.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pew Charitable Trusts
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The Economic Impact of Rural Residency Programs in Oklahoma
Provides an overview of the economic impact of 6 rural residency programs on their communities and the state of Oklahoma. Poster presented at the 2018 National Rural Health Association Annual Conference.
Author(s): Lara Brooks, Brian Whitacre, Chad Landgraf
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oklahoma State University Center for Rural Health
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To Spark or Sustain? Two Equally Important Rural Funder Choices
Blog about rural philanthropy and suggestions for determining the best ways for communities to support local groups, including health services systems.
Author(s): Allen Smart
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Exponent Philanthropy
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