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Resources by Topic: Infrastructure

Development of the Rural Active Living Perceived Environmental Support Scale (RALPESS)
Describes the development of the Rural Active Living Perceived Environmental Support Scale (RALPESS) survey instrument to measure perceptions of rural environments for physical activity. Includes definitions, characteristics, and items on each of the seven RALPESS factors: church facilities, town center connectivity, indoor areas, around your home/neighborhood, town center physical activity resources, school grounds, and outdoor areas.
Author(s): M. ReneƩ Umstattd, Stephanie L. Baller, Erin Hennessy, et al.
Citation: Journal of Physical Activity and Health, 9(5), 724-730
Date: 2012
Type: Document
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Making the Most of MAP-21
Describes the 2012 Federal Transportation Law and addresses the challenges and opportunities posed by its provisions--including grants and programs specific to rural communities.
Author(s): Georgia Gann, Katy Hartnett, Kevin DeGood, Nick Donohue, Sarah Kline
Date: 2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Transportation for America
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Water Fluoridation and Dental Health Indicators in Rural and Urban Areas of the United States
Investigates the availability of fluoridated water across urban-rural settings, and relates measures of fluoride availability to national survey measures of dental health in adults and children.
Additional links: Policy Brief
Author(s): Michael Hendryx, Constance Weiner, Matthew Gurka
Date: 11/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: West Virginia Rural Health Research Center
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Housing and Water: The Critical Connection
A joint issue of RCAP's Rural Matters and HAC's Rural Voices which provides examples of successful projects that have improved opportunities for affordable housing and water and waste services for low-income rural families and communities.
Date: 11/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Housing Assistance Council
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An Interview with Charles Alfero
The CEO of Hidalgo Medical Services and director of the National Center for Frontier Communities discusses life and work in the New Mexico frontier.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Designing Safety-Net Clinics for Innovative Care Delivery Models
Identifies key characteristics of physical, environment design for new care delivery models and provides new design recommendations. Includes discussion related to improving telehealth and mobile healthcare delivery models. Information developed from literature reviews, and site visits and phone interviews with clinics in California and Colorado.
Author(s): Xiaobo Quan, Anjali Joseph, Amy Keller, Ellen Taylor
Date: 03/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: California Health Care Foundation
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Designing Safety-Net Clinics for Flexibility
Discusses healthcare facility design from the perspectives of both patients and providers. Covers examples from acute care hospitals, including a Critical Access Hospital pilot design.
Author(s): Ellen Taylor, Anjali Joseph, Amy Keller, Xiaobo Quan
Date: 03/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: California Health Care Foundation
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Private Well Testing in Oregon from Real Estate Transactions: An Innovative Approach Toward a State-Based Surveillance System
Examines health problems caused by well water contaminants and reports increased risks in rural areas due to agricultural fertilizer use, feedlot operations, leaking septic systems, and aboveground application of wastewater. Compares Oregon's and New Jersey's laws concerning well testing and includes Oregon maps showing locations of private wells with high and moderate nitrate levels and evidence of coliform bacteria.
Author(s): Brenda O. Hoppe, Anna K. Harding, Jennifer Staab, Marina Counter
Citation: Public Health Reports, 126(1)
Date: 01/2011
Type: Document
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Upstream Ecological Risks for Overweight and Obesity Among African American Youth in a Rural Town in the Deep South, 2007
Data from interviews with adult African American community members who interact with youth in varying contexts in a small southeastern Georgia town. Presents their perception that factors including the built environment, laws and policies, and issues such as race and class contribute to the prevalence and perpetuation of obesity.
Author(s): Alison J. Scott, Rebecca F. Wilson
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 8(1)
Date: 01/2011
Type: Document
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The Power of Trails for Promoting Physical Activity in Communities
Highlights findings on specific trail characteristics that appear to attract regular users and examines how trails influence physical activity among various populations. Includes evidence from two studies of adults living in rural Missouri.
Author(s): Philip J. Troped, Heather A. Whitcomb
Date: 01/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Active Living Research
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