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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Economics and the economy

Map to Prosperity
Discusses the potential of broadband's affects on the rural economy, especially for farming operations and small businesses. Describes broadband access in rural areas. Includes rural versus urban comparisons for rural broadband access and funding and technical assistance programs to increase broadband adoption.
Author(s): Johnathan Hladik
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Affairs
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One Year after the Storms: Recovery and Health Care in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
Issue brief describing status of the recovery in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, following the September 2017 hurricanes. Draws on public reports and interviews conducted in July and September 2018 and earlier work focusing on the territories' status 6 months after the storms.
Author(s): Cornelia Hall, Robin Rudowitz, Samantha Artiga, Barbara Lyons
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Characteristics of the Food Insecure in the U.S.
Collection of charts showing data on food insecurity in the prerecession period of 2001-2007, the 2008-2009 recession, and the 2010-2017 post-recession period. Includes data for metropolitan and nonmetro areas.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Making Connections Rural Health Series
Describes multiple components influencing rural health, including: access to care, the built and natural environment, education, health insurance, technology, rural economics, and system perspectives. Supplements the Understanding the Rural Landscape Learning Module. Focuses on addressing challenges rural communities faces with innovative solutions.
Additional links: Download Zip File
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Georgia Health Policy Center
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2018 Annual Report of the Boards of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds
Report detailing the current state of the Medicare Hospital Insurance (HI) and Supplemental Medical Insurance (SMI) Trust Funds. Discusses Medicare expenditures as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and makes short and long-range sustainability projections based on variable economic, demographic, and healthcare trends. Also explains the actuarial methods used to calculate the estimates. Includes information on Medicare amendments since the 2017 report, including some that impact rural providers and beneficiaries.
Additional links: 2018 Expanded and Supplementary Tables and Figures (ZIP file)
Author(s): Boards of Trustees, Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
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Analysis of Cost-of-Living Data for Pennsylvania Counties
Features a report on the cost-of-living in Pennsylvania by county. Looks at costs of utilities, transportation, and healthcare, among others, while identifying whether or not counties are rural.
Author(s): Kenneth K.T Louie, James A. Kurre
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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The Geographic Variation in the Cost of the Opioid Crisis
Presents a study on the economic costs of the opioid crisis across the nation. Features state-by-state and county-level data on the monetary burden of opioid abuse on communities.
Author(s): Alex Brill, Scott Ganz
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Enterprise Institute
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Integrating Economic Resilience in Performance-based Transportation Planning
Details a report on community transportation planning based on economic performance. Discusses measures to factor in the demands of local economies and community wealth creation into transportation planning. Features several rural examples.
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Development Organizations
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The Opioid Epidemic in Appalachia: Addressing Hurdles to Economic Development in the Region
Recording presents the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management hearing on the opioid epidemic in Appalachia. Includes testimonies from representative of the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, Operation UNITE, and the Drug Enforcement Agency.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
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The Appalachia Initiative: A Bipartisan Approach for the 21st Century
Reports on the current challenges facing Appalachia. Breaks down data by education and workforce, entrepreneurism and job creation, energy and infrastructure, and rural health. Looks specifically at mortality rates, obesity and diabetes prevalence, and drug overdose death rates.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bipartisan Policy Center
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