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Resources by Topic: Community and economic development

Strengthening Social Connection and Opportunities in Rural Communities
Brief describing the St. David's Foundation's efforts to support rural community capacity building to address social determinants of health in central Texas. Discusses rural-specific considerations for rural philanthropy, network building, and participatory grantmaking.
Author(s): Abena Asante, William Moore
Date: 09/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Grantmakers in Health
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Review of Rural U.S. Economic and Health Care Trends
Reviews recent literature and publicly available data to explore important issues at the nexus of healthcare and local economic vibrancy, and explores the economic implications associated with COVID-19. Includes sections on rural hospitals, the rural healthcare workforce, emergency medical services, insurance, and telehealth. Features statistics with breakdowns by 6 levels of population density and county-level maps showing Health Professional Shortage Areas and rural counties without obstetrical services.
Author(s): Alison Davis
Date: 09/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Economic Analysis of Rural Health
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Rural Road to Recovery in Indiana: Impacts
Provides an overview of how the Indiana economy was impacted by the COVID-19 health emergency. Discusses the impact of The Rural Road to Recovery Initiative that provided assistance to broadband, arts, housing, and agriculture sectors in rural counties of Indiana.
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Indiana Office of the Lieutenant Governor
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Tribal Economic Development: Action is Needed to Better Understand the Extent of Federal Support
Report examining federal support across various agencies for economic development in tribal communities, including support for tribal governments and businesses. Describes challenges related to reporting, assessing the impacts of tax incentives, and program eligibility for Native Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs).
Additional links: Accessible PDF, Fast Facts, Highlights Page
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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USDA Resource Guide for American Indians and Alaska Natives 2022
Provides an overview of U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) funding and support programs available to American Indian and Alaska Native communities and tribal governments. Includes sections on agricultural and nutritional tools, business and community development, telecommunications and broadband, housing, and federal grant applications.
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Supporting Communities and Local Public Health Departments During COVID-19 and Beyond: A Roadmap for Equitable and Transformative Change
Examines strategies to strengthen public health systems in California to create more equitable and resilient communities. Utilizes interview and survey data from community and public health stakeholders as well as reviews of policy and best practices. Includes discussions about collaborating along local, regional, and state levels to improve healthcare in rural and underserved areas.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Public Health Alliance of Southern California, Public Health Institute
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ARPA Impact Report: An Analysis of How Counties are Addressing National Issues with Local Investments
Describes how counties are investing American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to strengthen the workforce, address behavioral health needs, reinforce public health preparedness, improve housing access, ensure access to clean water, and build prosperous communities. Includes examples from rural counties throughout.
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Counties
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Advancing Health Equity in Rural America
Report examining rural health equity, covering rural economic and demographic data, disparities by rurality, race/ethnicity, and class, and examples of initiatives that aim to increase health equity in rural communities. Offers recommendations for increasing health equity through economic and policy actions.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Paula Braveman, Julia Acker, Elaine Arkin, Katrina Badger, Nicole Holm
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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What (And Who) Counts? Defining Rural Development Success
Collection of 4 field perspective pieces on centering rural people in planning community development and allocating resources. Discusses inclusive rural economic development, community-driven assessment, rural assets and power, and building community networks.
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Aspen Institute
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Delivery of High-Speed Broadband Services in Unserved and Underserved Areas of the Commonwealth (Pennsylvania)
Provides an update on the role of broadband in education, telehealth, agriculture, and community and economic development; barriers to development; funding resources; developments in Pennsylvania state and local initiatives; and efforts to identify unserved and underserved Pennsylvania communities. Discusses the creation of the Pennsylvania Broadband Authority and the impact of new federal funding on broadband expansion and development in Pennsylvania.
Author(s): Yvonne Llewellyn Hursh, Lydia Hack, Allison N. Kobzowicz, Bryan W. DeWalt, Wendy L. Baker
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Joint State Government Commission, General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
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