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ARPA Impact Report: An Analysis of How Counties are Addressing National Issues with Local Investments
Describes how counties are investing American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds to strengthen the workforce, address behavioral health needs, reinforce public health preparedness, improve housing access, ensure access to clean water, and build prosperous communities. Includes examples from rural counties throughout.
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Counties
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Inequities in Physical Activity Environments and Leisure-Time Physical Activity in Rural Communities
Examines access to physical activity (PA) environments in 3 rural counties in Georgia. Analyzes 2019 survey data from 728 participants in relation to leisure-time PA, walking and biking for transport, and perceived PA environments with data broken down by race, household income, and neighborhood rurality.
Author(s): Michelle C. Kegler, Nicole Gauthreaux, April Hermstad, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 19
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
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How a Desert Town Is Growing Its Way to Better Health
Highlights the work of a community garden program to address food insecurity in Huachuca City, Arizona, by offering fresh produce to the rural desert community through partnerships with the local library and senior center. Discusses the development of the garden, how it responded to challenges related to water, and the efforts of the program to encourage healthy lifestyle through community and youth programming.
Author(s): Elizabeth Bellizzi
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
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Delivery of High-Speed Broadband Services in Unserved and Underserved Areas of the Commonwealth (Pennsylvania)
Provides an update on the role of broadband in education, telehealth, agriculture, and community and economic development; barriers to development; funding resources; developments in Pennsylvania state and local initiatives; and efforts to identify unserved and underserved Pennsylvania communities. Discusses the creation of the Pennsylvania Broadband Authority and the impact of new federal funding on broadband expansion and development in Pennsylvania.
Author(s): Yvonne Llewellyn Hursh, Lydia Hack, Allison N. Kobzowicz, Bryan W. DeWalt, Wendy L. Baker
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Joint State Government Commission, General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
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Planning for Success and Security – Providing Assistance Without a Back-Up Plan Puts Everyone at Risk
Discusses the importance of keeping operation and maintenance (O&M) manuals up-to-date and accessible to avoid public health emergencies such as faulty operations of a water treatment plant. Offers suggestions for development of O&M manuals.
Author(s): Kathy Rodgers
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Community Assistance Partnership
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#RuralTalks Broadband and Infrastructure Highlights
A video compilation of clip highlights from the May 2022 #RuralTalks Broadband and Infrastructure Seminar. Discusses impacts of COVID-19, broadband, access, and infrastructure issues.
Date: 06/2022
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural LISC
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Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Tribal Playbook: A Roadmap for Delivering Opportunity and Investments in Indian Country
Provides an overview of tribal-specific funding opportunities created by the 2022 Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, offering guidance to help tribal governments and communities identify programs and sources of funds and determine eligibility for other programs. Outlines tribal set asides by program and other infrastructure funding opportunities that are not tribal-specific.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The White House
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A Playbook for New Rural Healthcare Partnership Models of Investment
Provides information for healthcare organizations looking to collaborate with local community and economic stakeholders to improve the health of their citizens. Includes case studies of multisector partnerships in rural areas that focus on upstream interventions, such as strengthening economic support, supporting local control, strengthening infrastructure to support healthcare access, and increasing resources.
Author(s): Ruth Thomas-Squance, Ashley Hernandez, Colleen Flynn, et al.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Build Healthy Places Network
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Stronger Together: Federal Funding and Planning Strategies Designed to Promote Sustainable Economic Development in Rural America
Resource guide offering information for rural communities on planning and technical assistance, infrastructure and broadband expansion, entrepreneurship and business assistance, and workforce development and livability. Covers the purpose, eligibility, application process, and contact information for programs from the U.S. Economic Development Administration and USDA Rural Development in each of these areas.
Date: 04/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Economic Development Administration, USDA Rural Development
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Broadband Availability Challenges
Fact sheet describing challenges to broadband availability and local efforts to provide short-term solutions. Discusses funding and strategies to expand broadband at the local and national levels.
Additional links: Exploring Digital Equity Fact Sheets
Date: 04/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: AARP, Institute for Local Self-Reliance
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