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Resources by Topic: Environmental health

Leveling the Playing Field for Rural Students
Provides a snapshot of rural schools and discusses the challenges they face. Challenges include how to provide new, high quality educational opportunities, health barriers that affect learning, providing career and technical education programs, food insecurity for rural children, and investments in rural schools.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: School Superintendents Association
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Culture and Self-Determination Provide Strength to Heal
Describes how the Seneca Nation of Indians have incorporated their culture into every program and community initiative. Examples include school and adult Seneca language immersion programs, restoring indigenous plants, cultivating native animals, and the Seneca Strong program to address substance abuse by incorporating prevention and sobriety programming into traditional rites of passage, outdoor skills camps, and powwows. The Seneca Nation of Indians (New York) are a recipient of the 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Prize.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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A Community Holding Hands to Bridge its Divide
Describes the actions taken and programs developed by the residents of Garret County, Maryland in response to the economic, cultural, and health challenges they face. Working together the Garret County residents have been able to provide scholarships to every high school graduate to attend community college for free, develop 700 affordable, low-income, mixed-income and workforce housing units, and more. Garret County is a recipient of the 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Prize.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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A ‘Scrappy’ Push for Health: ‘Our Best Asset Is Our People’
Provides an overview of health challenges in Allen County, Kansas and actions that communities in the area have taken to address them, including fundraising for a local hospital, building bike and walking trails, establishing job training programs, advocating for improved access to healthy food, and more. Allen County is a recipient of the 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Prize.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Rural and Urban Differences in Air Quality, 2008-2012, and Community Drinking Water Quality, 2010-2015 — United States
Examines air- and water-quality data and discusses how these environmental hazards vary across a spectrum of urban to rural counties. Includes rural-urban air pollutant data for ozone and particulate matter and data for 10 water contaminants for rural and urban community water systems.
Author(s): Heather Strosnider, Caitlin Kennedy, Michele Monti, Fuyuen Yip
Location: MMWR Surveillance Summaries, 66(13), 1-10
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Aroostook Band of Micmacs Monitor Atmospheric Mercury
Details a project developed by the Aroostook Band of Micmacs to monitor atmospheric mercury in an attempt to protect a crucial food source traditionally utilized by the tribe. Discusses the tribe's partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP).
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Native Americans
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Tonkawa Tribe Develops Water Resource Plan
Presents the Tonkawa Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma's water resource plan and tribal water regulatory system. Details the tribe's collaboration with U.S. Corp of Engineers and reference to treaties regarding water rights to develop a set of water quality codes and 2 strategic water and pollution management plans.
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Native Americans
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Feasting on Rural America: The Spread of Tick-Borne Diseases
Discusses the impact of Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses in rural areas. Features a Lyme disease patient, a scientist, psychiatrist, nonprofit leader, and a medical doctor describing the spread of these diseases and what’s being done about it. Includes information on tick identification and tick-borne illness prevention.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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An Approach to Developing Local Climate Change Environmental Public Health Indicators in a Rural District
Explores climate and environmental public health indicators for a seven-county public health department in western Kentucky. Identifies public health hazards and vulnerability indicators and features statistics on percentages of population living in rural areas of the counties studied.
Author(s): Adele Houghton, Jessica Austin, Abby Beerman, Clayton Horton
Location: Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2017
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
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Health Insurance Coverage, Health Care Utilization, and Health Outcomes within the Context of Marcellus Shale Development
A discussion of the public health impacts of the Marcellus Shale natural gas well development in four Pennsylvania counties. Includes comparisons of health insurance coverage rates and availability; the burden of increased utilization of healthcare facilities and services; and health outcomes as they relate to the environmental effects of natural gas extraction.
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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