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Resources by Topic: Environmental health

FY 2016 Report to Congress on Outcome Evaluations of Administration for Native Americans Projects
An evaluation of the activities and outcomes of Administration for Native Americans (ANA) funding in native communities in accordance with the Native American Programs Act (NAPA), and the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993. Describes and measures the impact of the funding, the effectiveness of the planned goals, the methods used for economic and social development including sustainability efforts. Highlights projects related to community health, healthy living, behavioral health, environmental health, and food and nutrition. Includes data on Native American community-driven projects useful to leaders, planners, service providers, and tribal government agencies.
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Native Americans
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Association Between Environmental Quality and Diabetes in the USA
Results of a study comparing diabetes prevalence in 3,134 urban or rural counties from 2004-2012, taking into account the possible effects of environmental pollutants. Features statistics with breakdowns by 4 levels of urban or rural status.
Author(s): Jyotsna S. Jagai, Alison K. Krajewski, Sabina Shaikh, Danelle T. Lobdell, Robert M. Sargis
Citation: Journal of Diabetes Investigation
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
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Watered Down Justice
Report focuses on water quality standards, violations, and potential solutions, specifically for social and economic minority populations. Features county-level maps showing the intersection of various drinking water violations and length of violations with racial, ethnic, and language vulnerability.
Author(s): Kristi Pullen Fedinick, Steve Taylor, Michele Roberts
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Coming Clean, Environmental Justice Health Alliance, Natural Resources Defense Council
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Development of a Childhood Obesogenic Environment Index
Findings brief describing the development of a childhood obesogenic environment index using 10 variables related to physical activity and health eating. Discusses differences in the childhood obesogenic environment index data by rurality and region of the United States.
Author(s): Andrew T. Kaczynski, Jan M. Eberth, Angela D. Liese, et al.
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center
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Running Clear: Preventing Private Water Sources from Becoming a Health Hazard in Rural America
Provides an overview of the potential contaminants in well water and describes how the safety of private water sources is maintained. Features water experts and a public health professional explaining what can be done to keep well water clean, including water testing, education and training, funding, and technical assistance.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Life and Breath: How Air Pollution Affects Health in Minnesota
Provides a report and data on the health impacts of pollution in Minnesota. Discusses sources of air pollution; health impacts attributable to pollution; and differences in impacts by rural/urban location, poverty rate, health insurance coverage, and race/ethnicity. Includes maps with county-level data on air pollution health-related events.
Additional links: Full Report, Mapping the Data
Date: 06/2019
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health
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Resource Guide: Promising Programs in Native American Communities
Highlights promising programs for tribal communities in Montana. Features programs to support mental health and suicide prevention, substance abuse, social determinants of health, and diabetes prevention, among other issues.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Montana Healthcare Foundation
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LIFT America: Modernizing Our Infrastructure for the Future
Recording of a hearing from the U.S. House Committee on Energy and Commerce regarding the Leading Infrastructure For Tomorrow's America Act (The LIFT America Act), which addresses access to broadband; the healthcare, energy, transportation, and water infrastructures; public health; and more. Includes testimonies from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Trust for America's Health, U.S. Conference of Mayors, American Enterprise Institute, BlueGreen Alliance, and the former Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Commissioner.
Additional links: Christopher Guith Testimony, Daniel Lyons Testimony, Jessica Eckdish Testimony, John Auerbach Testimony, Mignon Clyburn Testimony
Date: 05/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: House Energy and Commerce Committee
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The Affordable Housing Crisis in Rural America: Assessing the Federal Response
Provides a recording and related documents for a hearing on rural affordable housing issues from the U.S. House Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development and Insurance. Includes testimony from the National Rural Housing Coalition, Housing Assistance Council, Council for Affordable and Rural Housing, and others. Briefly touches on the cost of housing affecting spending on healthcare and the impact of housing conditions on health.
Additional links: Andres Saavedra Testimony, Stan Keasling Testimony, Tanya Eastwood Testimony
Date: 04/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: U.S. House Committee on Financial Services, Subcommittee on Housing, Community Development and Insurance, U.S. House of Representatives
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The Impacts of Climate Change on Tribal Communities
Hearing from the Subcommittee for Indigenous People of the U.S. regarding how climate change is affecting tribal communities. Includes testimony from Tohono O'odham Nation in Arizona, Quinault Indian Nation in Washington, Calista Corporation in Alaska, and The Building Resilient Communities for Climate Extremes (BRACE Institute), which helps relocate tribal communities in low-lying coastal regions. Addresses the impacts on tribal water quality and availability; traditional food availability; disasters such as wildfires and flooding; and more.
Date: 02/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Subcommittee for Indigenous People of the United States
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