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Resources by Topic: Community and economic development

Community Capitals Framework as a Measure of Community Development
Discusses the Community Capitals Framework as a strategic planning and measurement approach to evaluate community development efforts. Focuses on how to consider the 7 types of capital--natural, cultural, human, social, political, financial, and built--when investing in rural communities.
Author(s): Daniela Mattos
Date: 09/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: UNL Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources
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Promoting Active Living in Rural Communities
A summary of research, observations, policy statements, and lessons learned from rural active living interventions identifying factors within the rural environment that may contribute to higher rates of obesity in rural children and adults.
Author(s): David Hartley, Anush Hansen
Date: 09/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Active Living Research
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The Economic Impact of Recent Hospital Closures on Rural Communities
Estimates the direct and secondary economic impacts of hospital closures on rural communities, focusing on labor (wages, salaries, benefits) and employment (jobs) income. Uses data collected from 16 hospitals representing 13 states that have closed since 2010, of which 9 were designated as Critical Access Hospitals.
Author(s): Fred C Eilrich, Gerald A. Doeksen, Cheryl F. St. Clair
Date: 07/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Rural Health Works
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Creating Opportunity and Prosperity Through Strengthening Rural-Urban Connections
Highlights examples in which regional development organizations can benefit from linking rural regions with urban centers. Includes information on broadband development and its implication for improving access to healthcare services.
Author(s): Brian Dabson, Erin Meyers
Date: 05/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Development Organizations
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National Advisory Committee on Rural Health & Human Services Meeting Minutes, Slade, Kentucky, May 27-29, 2015
Provides a summary of the 77th meeting of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services. Discusses health disparities in Appalachia, social determinants of health, including poverty and economic development, and how federal programs are working to address these issues.
Date: 05/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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Rural Economic Development
Policy brief identifying the critical elements for addressing quality of life challenges faced by rural communities. Covers four areas: community development, a diversified economic development plan, educational opportunities, and healthcare workforce development.
Author(s): Alison F. Davis
Date: 02/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Health Workforce, Healthy Economy
Highlights the health workforce as an economic development strategy, as well as a way to improve healthcare access, particularly in rural communities. Identifies gaps in Arizona's health workforce by examining previous reports and available data, such as the number of licensed healthcare providers by county. Includes maps of Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs).
Date: 01/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: St. Luke's Health Initiatives (now Vitalyst Health Foundation), Vitalyst Health Foundation
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Cultivating a Competitive Advantage: How Rural Counties Are Growing Economies with Local Assets and Regional Partners
Case studies of rural counties using creative methods to improve their economies. Includes examples that involve the healthcare sector and address issues that impact health.
Date: 11/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Counties
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The Economic Impact of Rural Family Physicians Practicing Obstetrics
Reports on a study to identify the economic benefit of rural family physicians practicing obstetrics in rural, underserved Alabama.
Author(s): Daniel M. Avery Jr., Dwight E. Hopper, John T. McDonald Jr., et al.
Citation: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 27(5), 602-610
Date: 09/2014
Type: Document
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The Economic Impact of a Rural Dentist
Measures the impact that dentists have on rural counties. Uses data from 13 rural dental clinics in Oklahoma, West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Nevada.
Author(s): Gerald A. Doeksen, Fred C. Eilrich, Cheryl F. St. Clair
Date: 08/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Rural Health Works
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