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Resources by Topic: Infrastructure

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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Keeping the Water Flowing in Rural America for 35 Years
Addresses how the Community Resource Group (CRG) Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) loan fund is helping small communities meet critical capital needs and find new funding.
Author(s): Mary Mann
Citation: Rural Matters, 16(3), 20-21
Date: 2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Housing Assistance Council
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Supporting Sustainable Rural Communities
Identifies how federal agencies can work together to help rural areas become economically vibrant, environmentally sustainable, and promote healthy living.
Date: 2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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White House Rural Council: Feedback from Rural America
Provides an overview of the challenges and opportunities rural Americans voiced during the White House Rural Council's visits to rural communities during the Obama administration.
Date: 2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: White House Rural Council (Obama Administration)
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USDA Rural Utilities Service Borrower's Guide: A How-to for Water and Wastewater Loans from USDA Rural Development
Designed for small, rural communities and borrowers of Rural Utilities Service (RUS) funds to learn how to adequately administer their projects and understand other responsibilities of being a borrower.
Date: 2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Community Assistance Partnership
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