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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Infrastructure

Federally Supported Water Supply and Wastewater Treatment Programs
Examines federal funding for water and wastewater treatment programs, including those specific to rural areas. Discusses the differences in funding mechanisms and how appropriations for discretionary spending has varied.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Broadband Mapping: Challenges and Solutions
Recording of a hearing from the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation focusing on efforts to collect more accurate broadband coverage information. Includes testimonies from the U.S. Telecom Association, Competitive Carriers Association, Mississippi Farm Bureau Federation, and others regarding current mapping challenges and the importance of broadband access for rural communities, including for healthcare services.
Additional links: Jonathan Spalter Testimony, Mike McCormick Testimony, Mike Oblizalo Testimony, Tim Donovan Testimony
Date: 04/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, U.S. Senate
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The Clean Water State Revolving Fund: How Federal Infrastructure Investment Can Help Communities Modernize Water Infrastructure and Address Affordability Challenges
Provides a recording of U.S. House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment hearing addressing storm and wastewater infrastructure and affordability challenges and the potential for federal investments to help. Identifies some health impacts of rural water infrastructure issues. Includes testimony from the National Rural Water Association, U.S. Conference of Mayors, National Association of Clean Water Agencies, a rural development manager, and more.
Additional links: Catherine Flowers Testimony, John Mokszycki Testimony
Date: 03/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, U.S. House of Representatives
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Casino Ownership and Health-Related Community Resources Among Native American Tribes in California
Examines the association between tribal casino ownership and health-related resources available to Native Americans, using survey data collected in 2015-2016 from 81 federally recognized tribes in California.
Author(s): Vanessa M. Oddo, Lina Pinero Walkinshaw, Jessica C. Jones-Smith
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 16
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
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Broadband: Opportunities and Challenges in Rural America
Presents a U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation hearing on broadband access in rural communities. Features testimony from representatives of Mescalero Apache Telecom, Golden West Telecommunications, Cheyenne River Sioux Telephone Authority, and U.S. Cellular Corp.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation
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FLH Office of Tribal Transportation Program Delivery Guide - 2018
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).
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Highway Administration
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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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Designing for Rural Bicyclist Safety
Webinar recording discusses biking as a viable transportation option for rural communities and what can be done to make biking in rural areas safer and less stressful. Highlights the ways rural bikers navigate their communities.
Additional links: Webinar Recording, Webinar Slides
Date: 08/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Rural Road Safety
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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 healthcare issues, factors contributing to the health 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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