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Resources by Topic: Infrastructure

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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A Rural Capacity Map
Interactive maps displaying data to illustrate the variability across the country in community capacity to apply for funding, fulfill reporting requirements, and design, build, and maintain infrastructure projects. Variables include local government staffing, community education and engagement, and socioeconomic trends. Includes maps showing locations with high risk of wildfires or floods and low capacity.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Headwaters Economics
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RCD Program: Bringing Safe Water to Our Nation's Communities
Presents information on safe water initiatives developed by the Rural Community Development (RCD) Program. Includes RCD project data and a video on training certification developed by the Colorado River Indian Tribes to help maintain healthy water systems.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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Fixed Broadband Deployment
Mapping tool offering a visualization of fixed broadband deployment based on FCC Form 477 data collected in June and December each year. Provides census-block level estimates, county-level data, and is searchable by address or location. Offers service provider details and area comparisons.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Federal Communications Commission
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Broadband Data Collection
Offers broadband tools and resources, including presentations, fact sheets, data, reports, and mobile broadband maps. Aims to provide up-to-date information on the availability of mobile and fixed broadband services to inform service provider and government decisions concerning the expansion of broadband.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Federal Communications Commission
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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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RCAP Survey Shows Impact of COVID-19 on Rural and Tribal Water and Wastewater Systems
Provides data and statistics on the financial impact of COVID-19 on water and wastewater systems in rural and tribal communities, with survey responses obtained from 49 states and Puerto Rico. Includes information on staffing issues, sustainability, estimated revenue loss, and more. Offers links to individual fact sheets on survey responses from states and the nation as a whole, as well as a webinar discussing survey methodology and results.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Community Assistance Partnership
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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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