Skip to main content
Rural Health Information Hub

Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Community and economic development

Cooperative Extension System
Provides opportunities for collaboration, professional development, and access to resources and tools on a variety of topics including enhancing rural community capacity and health and nutrition.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Institute of Food and Agriculture
view details
Native Agriculture Research and Reports
Presents several reports on tribal food sovereignty. Discusses the development of local food sources to support the health, nutrition, and economy of tribal communities. Features national assessments and case studies of individual tribes. Requires creation of a free login to download reports.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: First Nations Development Institute
view details
Rural Development Innovation Center
Website provides information about the Rural Development Innovation Center, which features resources and best practices for rural communities seeking to improve quality of life through job creation, infrastructure improvements, community partnerships, and more.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
view details
Rural Cooperatives Magazine
Magazine focused on the challenges and successes of rural cooperatives across the country. Featured bimonthly issues published by USDA Rural Development. Ceased publication in 2018, but web editions of past issues are available.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
view details
HFFI Impacts: Nationwide Success of Healthy Food Financing Initiatives
Provides data and resources to show the impact and successes of healthy food financing initiatives (HFFIs), and framework to evaluate HFFIs. Includes case studies from programs in New York and California, and rural areas of Ohio, New York, Colorado, and Pennsylvania.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The Food Trust
view details
Rural Matters
Collection of 30-minute podcasts about rural education, business, and health, intended to increase awareness, inform discussion, and expand the dialogue on important issues facing rural stakeholders. Guests include rural education decision-makers, business owners and entrepreneurs, and healthcare representatives.
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organizations: Center for Rural Affairs, National Rural Education Association
view details
The IHA Hospital Economic Impact Report
An interactive tool providing the economic impact for all hospitals and healthcare facilities by county in Iowa. Includes data on employment, income, retail sales, and sales tax revenues.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Iowa Hospital Association
view details
Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Locator
An interactive search tool that allows people to locate community development financial institutions in their area. Includes search options by organization, state, area(s) served, organization type, and lending type.
Type: Directory
Sponsoring organization: Opportunity Finance Network
view details
Small Towns, Big Change
A series of articles that address the development and challenges of building a robust economy focused on the health and well-being of individuals living in the rural communities of Colorado and New Mexico.
Citation: High Country News
Type: Website
view details
Community Vitality and Rural Healthcare Topic Guide
Information, resources, and frequently asked questions related to the linkage between rural healthcare and the economic strength and overall vitality of the community. Features economic impact studies and funding to support healthcare in rural communities.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
view details