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Resources by Topic: Infrastructure

COVID-19 Healthcare Resource Roadmap (Version 2.0)
Explains how federal funding may be used to address healthcare challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses public health capacity, care delivery, workforce, infrastructure, vaccination, and more. Covers ongoing annually funded federal programs, as well as resources provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Consolidated Appropriations Act, and American Rescue Plan Act. The decision framework tool includes a rural county public health department example.
Additional links: COVID-19 Healthcare Funding Decision Framework
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Emergency Management Agency
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Border 2025: United States-Mexico Environmental Program
Describes the goals and objectives of the Border 2025 program, including further investment in reducing air pollution, improving water quality, supporting waste management, and increasing preparedness to respond to environmental emergencies. Breaks down objectives into measurable stages and discusses partnerships between governments, U.S. tribes, and Mexican Indigenous communities.
Additional links: Frontera 2025: Programa Ambiental México - Estados Unidos
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Border 2020: United States-Mexico Environmental Program Key Closing Accomplishments
Describes the achievements of the Border 2020 program, including air pollution reduction, increasing access to clean water, wastewater facility construction, waste management, and emergency response preparation. Discusses examples of projects in rural colonias.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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AHA Future of Rural Health Care Task Force: Final Recommendations
Presents the recommendations of the American Hospital Association Future of Rural Health Care Task Force, including innovation-based solutions and promising practices. Solutions include public-private funding changes for core services, flexible rural hospital infrastructure funding programs, creating a rural design center, and supporting grant writing services. Explores promising rural initiatives such as telemedicine, strategic partnerships, maternal health efforts, broadband investment, and rural philanthropy.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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5G Fund for Rural America
Provides an overview of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) efforts to expand universal service to include telecommunications and high-speed internet services. Describes the 5G Fund, how data will be collected, how funds will be awarded, and the two phases of the program.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Arizona Health Workforce Profile: Critical Care
Report presenting the distribution of critical care workforce and infrastructure, comparing rural and urban counties. Offers data by county and breaks down workforce by physicians, nurses, and respiratory therapists.
Author(s): B Koch, S Coates, C Drake, D Derksen
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Center for Rural Health
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How Grayson County is Getting Connected
Discusses efforts to build broadband infrastructure in Grayson County, Virginia in rural Appalachia. Describes the planning process, health implications of broadband access in the county, and advice for communities seeking broadband.
Author(s): AARP Livable Communities
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: AARP
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Broadband in Rural America: Faster Speeds for Home and Healthcare
Highlights the importance of rural broadband infrastructure for access to telehealth, patient portals, and other services. Features a Colorado countywide broadband program, Alabama telehealth services provided via county health departments, and a program providing healthcare access to rural veterans in Kentucky.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Rural Development COVID-19 Response
Find the latest information on USDA Rural Development loan payment assistance, application deadline extensions, and other USDA Rural Development actions to help rural residents, businesses, and communities impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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Oversight Hearing: Business Meeting to consider S. 421, S. 789 & Oversight Hearing "Build Back Better: Water Infrastructure Needs for Native Communities"
Recording of an oversight hearing of the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs to discuss the Western Tribal Water Infrastructure Act of 2021 and hear testimony on its potential effect on the health and wellness of native communities. Features testimonies by representatives of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, the Colorado River Indian Tribes, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, and Navajo Department of Water Resources.
Additional links: Amelia Flores Testimony, Jason John Testimony, Raymond Tsumpti Testimony, Valerie Nurr'Araaluk Davidson Testimony
Date: 03/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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