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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Infrastructure

Washeteria Closures, Infectious Disease and Community Health in Rural Alaska: A Review of Clinical Data in Kivalina, Alaska
Assesses the rates of gastrointestinal, respiratory, and skin infections associated with prolonged washeteria closures for a village of 400 people on an Alaskan barrier island. There is no in-home piped water or sewage on the barrier island; the washeteria is the village's only source providing public showers, laundry facilities, and flush toilets.
Author(s): Timothy K. Thomas, Jake Bell, Dana Bruden, Millie Hawley, Michael Brubaker
Citation: International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 72(1)
Date: 08/2013
Type: Document
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Creating Equitable, Healthy, and Sustainable Communities: Strategies for Advancing Smart Growth, Environmental Justice, and Equitable Development
Identifies strategies that tribal areas, rural communities, suburbs and cities can use to build healthy, sustainable, and inclusive communities. Strategies involve culture, public health, infrastructure, economics, housing, transportation, and schools.
Author(s): Megan McConville, Heather Case, Susan Conbere, et al.
Date: 02/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Healthy Alaskans 2010: Health Status Progress Report on Leading Health Indicators
Tracks the progress of a statewide health assessment initiative to improve health outcomes and ensure health equity for Alaskans in rural and urban environments.
Date: 01/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
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Rural Natives' Perceptions of Strengths and Challenges in Their Communities
Explores how Native Americans and Alaskan Natives view the state of their socioeconomic and environmental communities now and for the future. Analyzes data from two sources: the Community and Environment in Rural America (CERA) surveys and focus groups with Native leaders in one rural state.
Author(s): Jessica D. Ulrich-Schad
Date: 2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Associations Between Neighborhood Characteristics and Physical Activity Among Youth Within Rural–Urban Commuting Areas in the US
Examines rural versus urban associations in physical activity and neighborhood characteristics. Includes data on youth participating in physical activity 5 or more days per week for a minimum of 20 minutes at a time by Rural-Urban Commuting Area. Table 2 covers age group, sex, race/ethnicity, youth health, youth activities, family, and household characteristics.
Author(s): Laurin Kasehagen, Ashley Busacker, Debra Kane, Angela Rohan
Citation: Maternal and Child Health Journal, 16(2), 258-267
Date: 12/2012
Type: Document
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Federal Resources for Sustainable Rural Communities
Outlines federal programs that support rural community and economic development, including programs that support hospitals, healthy homes, water quality, and nutrition. Covers programs from the USDA, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Transportation, and the Environmental Protection Agency.
Date: 07/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Partnership for Sustainable Communities
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National Advisory Committee on Rural Health & Human Services Meeting Minutes, Kansas City, MO, June 18-20, 2012
Provides a summary of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services' (NACRHHS) 71st meeting, which included discussions on the following topics: health reform, services for the elderly, rural hospitals and infrastructure, frontier demonstration projects, child care, and Head Start.
Date: 06/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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Results of the Community Facilities Program FY 2009-2011
Describes projects that were funded through USDA Rural Development's Community Facilities Program, which supports essential infrastructure and services for public use (including healthcare, education, public safety, and public services) in rural areas of 20,000 in population or less. Projects were granted in every state, plus Puerto Rico, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, and American Samoa.
Date: 06/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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Regional Resilience: Research and Policy Brief
Summarizes research on disaster resiliency. Provides a framework for assessing current policy and practice as it relates to regional resilience. Includes rural areas.
Author(s): Brian Dabson, Colleen M. Heflin, Kathleen K. Miller
Date: 02/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute
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The Rural Active Living Perceived Environmental Support Scale (RALPESS)
Highlights a survey instrument and instructions on how to use the tool to measure perceptions of rural environments for physical activity. Includes questions about the town center, indoor and outdoor exercise areas, community buildings, and sidewalks and roadways.
Additional links: The Rural Active Living Perceived Environmental Support Scale (RALPESS) Instructions
Author(s): M. Reneé Umstattd, Stephanie L. Baller, Erin Hennessy, et al.
Date: 2012
Type: Document
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