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Resources by Topic: Infrastructure

Much More Than Money — The Impact of Small Rural Foundations
Blog post describing 5 ways in which small foundations in rural areas leverage non-financial assets to improve their communities.
Author(s): Allen Smart
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Exponent Philanthropy
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Addressing Health and Health Care Needs in the United States-Mexico Border Region
Policy position brief describing geography and demographics of the border region, population health and health care issues, factors contributing to the crisis, public policy implications, and suggestions for addressing needs. Comprises Executive Summary and Full Report.
Author(s): Brian Lady, Carrie Henning-Smith, Susan Kunz
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure: Opportunities Exist to Enhance Federal Agency Needs Assessment and Coordination on Tribal Projects
Presents a report on the state of drinking water and wastewater infrastructure on tribal lands. Features recommendations for the Indian Health Service and the USDA to address these needs.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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FY 2019 Budget Hearing--Investments in Our Health Workforce and Rural Communities
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations hearing on investments in health workforce programs, initiatives supporting infrastructure in rural communities, and response to the opioid epidemic. The hearing begins at the 11:30 point in the video.
Author(s): Tom Morris, Luis Padilla
Date: 04/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: U.S. House of Representatives
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Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment: Sixth Report to Congress
Describes the results of the 2015 drinking water infrastructure needs survey and assessment at the national and state level. Includes information and statistics describing small water systems serving populations of 3,300 or fewer and addresses the needs of American Indian and Alaska Native Village water systems.
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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National Trends in Drinking Water Quality Violations
Examines patterns in health-related violations in the Safe Drinking Water Act by analyzing data from 17,900 community water systems from 1982-2015. Identifies vulnerability factors in communities and water systems. Includes a rural and urban comparison of total violations by water system, and county-level information on violation hot spots and spatial trends in community water systems.
Author(s): Maura Allaire, Haowei Wu, Upmanu Lall
Citation: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of American, 2018
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
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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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Advancing Obesity Solutions Through Investments in the Built Environment: Proceedings of a Workshop
Summarizes a September 2017 workshop focused on the role of the built environment in the prevention and treatment of obesity. Identifies promising strategies to create more healthful and equitable environments. Some discussion specific to rural areas and small communities, including efforts to support physical activity throughout Montana.
Additional links: Read Online
Author(s): Roundtable on Obesity Solutions
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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USDA Rural Development 2017 Performance Report
Report highlights the performance of investments by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development for 2017. Features three successful rural programs funded by USDA Rural Development. Includes a list of Rural Development State Offices.
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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Human Intestinal Parasite Burden and Poor Sanitation in Rural Alabama
Reports on the presence of intestinal parasites in Lowndes County, Alabama, a location selected for this study due to high poverty, use of open-sewage systems, and past hookworm burden. Findings based on participant interviews and stool, serum, and soil samples. Includes data on parasite infection, participant gender, raw sewage in the home, asthma or other lung disease, and diarrhea in the past week.
Author(s): Megan L. McKenna, Shannon McAtee, Patricia E. Bryan, et al.
Citation: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene, 97(5), 1623-1628
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
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