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Resources by Topic: Community and economic development

READY Nonprofits
Learning track offering online training and coaching to help Appalachian nonprofits, community foundations, local governments, and Local Development Districts increase their own capacity, strengthen their organizations, and better serve their communities. Topics for instruction include board development, financial management, fundraising, recruitment and retention, marketing communications, and programs and operations.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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Rural Community Toolbox: Funding & Tools to Build Healthy Drug-Free Rural Communities
Provides access to federal funding programs and information related to substance use disorder (SUD), including opioids, to help rural communities and stakeholders address SUD and issues related to SUD in their communities. Offers resources for technical assistance, training, treatment, and recovery support services for rural communities. Features a community assessment tool that provides county-level data on SUD and a resource guide that provides guidance and recommendations for communities to address SUD.
Additional links: Federal Rural Resource Guide
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: Office of National Drug Control Policy, U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Addressing the Health Needs of Rural Communities
A collection of Social Determinants of Health Academy trainings recorded in 2018 that explore issues impacting health in rural communities. Topics include collecting data in rural health centers and financing infrastructure development in rural areas.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership
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Rural Development COVID-19 Response
Find the latest information on USDA Rural Development actions taken to help rural residents, businesses, and communities impacted by COVID-19. Includes program-specific information for USDA loan and grant programs.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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County Health Rankings and Roadmaps Action Center
Assists communities to pursue data-informed action through resources covering needs assessments, strategic planning, evaluation, collaboration, and communication.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
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MiCareMatters: Stories
Collection of articles highlighting the stories of rural Michiganders and their community hospitals.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Michigan Health & Hospital Association
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Life and Health in Rural America
Series of articles based on reports by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on life and health in rural America.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: NPR, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Oklahoma Community Health Needs Assessments by County
Lists final needs assessment reports by county for Oklahoma for most counties. Addresses health indicators, use of healthcare services, primary care physician demand, economic impact of healthcare, and demographics for hospital service areas, as required for nonprofit hospitals under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010. Focuses on how the hospitals can and do serve their respective communities.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Oklahoma Office of Rural Health
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The Impact of a Rural Hospital Closure
Discusses the impacts of hospital closures with a focus on Texas. Addresses how access issues can result in mortality, challenges with reopening hospitals, and the economic impact of rural hospitals and hospital closures.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Organization of Rural & Community Hospitals
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Rural Health and Well-Being in America
Features rural health initiatives, articles, and other related content to demonstrate the connection between health, rural community and economic development.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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