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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Infrastructure

Does the Built Environment Influence Physical Activity? Examining the Evidence
Discusses the role of the built environment, including buildings, roads, parks, and other structures that physically define a community, in physical activity.
Date: 01/2005
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Rate of Return on Capital Investments at Small Rural Hospitals
Discusses whether the aging of rural facilities is due to a lower rate of return on capital investment at small rural hospitals. Also examines the impact of membership in a hospital system on access to capital leading to updated buildings and equipment.
Author(s): Jeffrey Stensland, Astrid Knott, Ira Moscovice, Gestur Davidson
Date: 01/2003
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Capital Needs of Small Rural Hospitals
Small rural hospitals are aging and may be in need of repair or replacement. A survey of 950 rural hospitals with under 50 beds focused on small rural hospitals' capital needs and access to capital.
Author(s): Jeffrey Stensland, Julie Schoenman, Curt Mueller, Andrew Singer
Date: 05/2002
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
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Minority Health Social Vulnerability Index (SVI)
Data tool that maps social vulnerability at the county-level, which indicates communities that would most likely require support during an emergency, natural disaster, or public health crisis. Data dashboard can present data by state and can be customized based on level of vulnerability according to 6 themes, including socioeconomic status, household composition and disability status, language and minority status, healthcare infrastructure, medical vulnerability, and housing type and transportation.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organizations: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health
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Indicators of Broadband Need Map
Map depicting broadband availability and several indicators of need, including broadband speeds and access to connected technology at the county level. Other map layers include county boundaries, tribal lands, communities in which 20% or more of households are below the poverty level, and proximity to Minority Serving Institutions.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organizations: Broadband USA, National Telecommunications and Information Administration
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Well Water in Rural Communities: Improving the Safety of Federally Unregulated Private Wells
Provides links to guides, case studies, and other tools that state and local public health agencies can use to implement policy, system, and environmental changes to improve water quality in private wells, especially those in rural communities.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: ChangeLab Solutions
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Addressing the Health Needs of Rural Communities
A collection of Social Determinants of Health Academy trainings recorded in 2018 that explore issues impacting health in rural communities. Topics include collecting data in rural health centers and financing infrastructure development in rural areas.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership
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The Private Well Class
A resource focused on managing private water sources, with information for individual well owners, as well as environmental health, cooperative extension, and water well professionals. Provides a variety of learning opportunities, including a free 10-lesson course, podcasts, webinars, and a resource library.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: Illinois State Water Survey, Rural Community Assistance Partnership
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Water with Fluoride Protects Teeth from Tooth Decay
Presents an interactive map detailing water fluoridation information in each state in the U.S. Breaks down data by county and by city/public water system in participating states.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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National Tribal Water Center
Information and tools for tribal communities that manage water and wastewater systems. Offers a water resource library, toolkit, and other resources for water utility staff and local leaders.
Type: Website
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