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Resources by Topic: Infrastructure

Rural Health: State Investment in Healthcare Infrastructure
Discusses challenges in rural healthcare and legislative trends for 2022, including loan repayment support for medical providers, expanding behavioral health access in rural areas, increasing telehealth options, and supporting rural broadband infrastructure.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
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Tribal Transportation Program Delivery Guide: A Guide for Tribes with an FHWA Tribal Transportation Program Agreement
A procedural guide for tribal communities entering into an agreement with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Outlines the roles and responsibilities of tribes and the FHWA in the implementation of a Tribal Transportation Program Agreement (TTPA) to improve tribal road infrastructure.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Federal Highway Administration, United States Department of Transportation
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Understanding the "Tool-ish-ness" of Telehealth: Q&A with Dr. Jonathan Neufeld
An interview with clinical psychologist and program director for the Great Plains Telehealth Resource & Assistance Center, Dr. Jonathan Neufeld. Discusses the role of telehealth in healthcare delivery. Describes how telecommunications tools can be used by providers to bring quality care to rural areas.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 12/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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RCAP Survey Shows Impact of COVID-19 on Rural and Tribal Water and Wastewater Systems
Provides data and statistics on the financial impact of COVID-19 on water and wastewater systems in rural and tribal communities, with survey responses obtained from 49 states and Puerto Rico. Includes information on staffing issues, sustainability, estimated revenue loss, and more. Offers links to individual fact sheets on survey responses from states and the nation as a whole, as well as a webinar discussing survey methodology and results.
Date: 12/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Community Assistance Partnership
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Do State Comprehensive Planning Statutes Address Physical Activity?: Implications for Rural Communities
Study examining state comprehensive plans related to physical activity with a focus on predominantly rural states and jurisdictions based on state statutory laws. Analyzes the rates at which physical activity, land use, parks and recreation, and other planning items were addressed in state statutes, offering a map of state-level rurality, population-conditional rules for planning, and physical activity-related plan elements.
Author(s): Lisa M. Charron, Chloe Milstein, Samantha I. Moyers, Christiaan G. Abildso, Jamie F. Chriqui
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(22), 12190
Date: 11/2021
Type: Document
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Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: Funding for USDA Rural Broadband Programs
Provides an overview of funding included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (P.L. 117-58) for two rural broadband-related programs: the ReConnect Program and the Rural Broadband Program. Compares administrative provisions and requirements for the ReConnect Program with requirements for previous rounds of funding.
Date: 11/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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2020 Impact Report: Measuring the Economic and Human Impact of Nonprofit Organizations in Rural America
Highlights key federal programs that support affordable housing and community infrastructure, including water and wastewater disposal. Features 15 successful rural housing programs, describing their work and impact, including health-related improvements and services.
Date: 11/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Housing Coalition
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Health Care in Rural America: Focus on Internet and Telehealth Use
Presents results of a survey of rural adults age 40 and older conducted between November-December 2020, addressing access to specialty health services, infrastructure gaps in rural areas, and utilization of telehealth services. Provides data on internet use relative to overall health, internet access at home and with smartphones, cost issues, and highlights concerns and barriers to telehealth utilization.
Additional links: Annotated Questionnaire
Date: 10/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: AARP
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Broadband: FCC Is Taking Steps to Accurately Map Locations that Lack Access
Describes efforts by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to develop a location fabric, a geographically specific, granular dataset, representing existing and necessary broadband deployment sites. Presents findings from an examination of potential geographic data sources, surveys of 44 states and territories, and interviews with state and federal agency stakeholders. Discusses limitations related to the accuracy, completeness, and consistency of location data.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Trail Conditions and Community Use: Utilizing Geospatial Video to Guide the Adoption of a Spatial-Temporal Trail Audit Tool (STAT)
Study examining trail audit methods and the potential benefits of the Spatial-temporal Trail Audit Tool (STAT) for rural communities looking to assess and improve trail systems to motivate outdoor physical activity. Describes the process of creating geospatial videos of 2 trails in Ohio by attaching a camera to a bicycle. Discusses the importance of physical activity and trails to rural population health.
Author(s): Carissa Smock, Naomi Carlson, Chelsey Kirkland
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(16), 8741
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
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