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Appalachian Regional Commission Performance & Accountability Report: Fiscal Year 2021
Provides an overview of the Appalachian Regional Commission's (ARC) projects from 2021 that develop economy, promote education and healthy living, invest in infrastructure, strengthen natural and cultural heritage, and build capacity in the Appalachian region. Includes healthcare-focused discussions about opioid use, healthcare grants, healthcare workforce, and more.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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Access Granted: Rural Broadband Options, Obstacles, and Solutions
Report describing the importance of broadband access for rural education, healthcare, economic development, equality, and climate impact. Discusses connectivity options and barriers to expanding broadband infrastructure, and examines consumer, community, and policy actions to reduce barriers and expand access.
Author(s): Molly Malone
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Affairs
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USDA's ReConnect Program: Expanding Rural Broadband
Provides an overview of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's ReConnect program, which provides loans, grants, and loan/grant combinations to build and enhance broadband infrastructure in eligible rural service areas. Summarizes program details, funding allocations, the three rounds of awards, and funding awards by state. Compares the ReConnect program with other USDA broadband programs. Identifies issues that may impact the program's effectiveness, related legislation introduced in the 117th Congress, and potential policy options.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Rural Health: State Investment in Healthcare Infrastructure
Discusses challenges in rural healthcare and legislative trends for 2022, including loan repayment support for medical providers, expanding behavioral health access in rural areas, increasing telehealth options, and supporting rural broadband infrastructure.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
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Tribal Transportation Program Delivery Guide: A Guide for Tribes with an FHWA Tribal Transportation Program Agreement
A procedural guide for tribal communities entering into an agreement with the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). Outlines the roles and responsibilities of tribes and the FHWA in the implementation of a Tribal Transportation Program Agreement (TTPA) to improve tribal road infrastructure.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Federal Highway Administration, United States Department of Transportation
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Understanding the "Tool-ish-ness" of Telehealth: Q&A with Dr. Jonathan Neufeld
An interview with clinical psychologist and program director for the Great Plains Telehealth Resource & Assistance Center, Dr. Jonathan Neufeld. Discusses the role of telehealth in healthcare delivery. Describes how telecommunications tools can be used by providers to bring quality care to rural areas.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 12/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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USDA Rural Utilities Service Borrower's Guide: A How-to for Water and Wastewater Loans from USDA Rural Development
Guide for rural communities and borrowers of Rural Utilities Service (RUS) funds to learn how to adequately administer their projects and understand their responsibilities as an RUS borrower. Covers application, registration, and electronic systems; financial reporting and management; and maintaining sustainable water and waste-disposal services.
Date: 11/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Community Assistance Partnership
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Livable Communities: Transit Services and Infrastructure that Promote Livability
Discusses the characteristics of a livable community, offers examples to improve transportation services, and suggests ways to implement a successful livability initiative in rural contexts.
Date: 11/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Transit Assistance Program
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Do State Comprehensive Planning Statutes Address Physical Activity?: Implications for Rural Communities
Study examining state comprehensive plans related to physical activity with a focus on predominantly rural states and jurisdictions based on state statutory laws. Analyzes the rates at which physical activity, land use, parks and recreation, and other planning items were addressed in state statutes, offering a map of state-level rurality, population-conditional rules for planning, and physical activity-related plan elements.
Author(s): Lisa M. Charron, Chloe Milstein, Samantha I. Moyers, Christiaan G. Abildso, Jamie F. Chriqui
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(22), 12190
Date: 11/2021
Type: Document
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Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act: Funding for USDA Rural Broadband Programs
Provides an overview of funding included in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (P.L. 117-58) for two rural broadband-related programs: the ReConnect Program and the Rural Broadband Program. Compares administrative provisions and requirements for the ReConnect Program with requirements for previous rounds of funding.
Date: 11/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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