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Resources by Topic: Infrastructure

Perceptions of Diseases of Despair by Members of Rural and Urban High-Prevalence Communities: A Qualitative Study
Reports on a study of community perceptions of despair-related illnesses based on 4 focus groups of 60 patients from 1 urban and 2 rural census blocks in central Pennsylvania where diseases of despair (DoD) are prevalent. Discusses perceived causes of DoD, such as economic instability, substance misuse, and fragmented family life; and intervention strategies at the community, local, and state level.
Author(s): Daniel R. George, Bethany Snyder, Lauren J. Van Scoy, et al.
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 4(7), e2118134
Date: 07/2021
Type: Document
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Broadband Task Force: High-Speed Internet is Essential for All Counties
Offers policy recommendations and best practices related to broadband infrastructure, including expansion into rural areas. Discusses broadband technology, community partnerships, and policy considerations. Presents case studies of county-level initiatives and a list of broadband solutions by county in the appendix.
Date: 07/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Counties
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COVID-19 Healthcare Resource Roadmap (Version 2.0)
Explains how federal funding may be used to address healthcare challenges related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses public health capacity, care delivery, workforce, infrastructure, vaccination, and more. Covers ongoing annually funded federal programs, as well as resources provided under the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, Consolidated Appropriations Act, and American Rescue Plan Act. The decision framework tool includes a rural county public health department example.
Additional links: COVID-19 Healthcare Funding Decision Framework
Date: 07/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Emergency Management Agency
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47th Annual Arizona Rural Health Conference
Offers presentation slides and video recordings from the 2021 Annual Arizona Rural Health Conference. Covers a wide variety of topics including infrastructure needs in rural communities, telehealth and distance learning, prevention efforts to address social determinants of health, and more.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Center for Rural Health
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Broadband Resources for Regional Development Organizations
Provides examples of broadband feasibility plans for several states, links to conference presentations, case studies, and reports, and federal resources for broadband expansion.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Development Organizations
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Border 2025: United States-Mexico Environmental Program
Describes the goals and objectives of the Border 2025 program, including further investment in reducing air pollution, improving water quality, supporting waste management, and increasing preparedness to respond to environmental emergencies. Breaks down objectives into measurable stages and discusses partnerships between governments, U.S. tribes, and Mexican Indigenous communities.
Additional links: Frontera 2025: Programa Ambiental México - Estados Unidos
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Border 2020: United States-Mexico Environmental Program Key Closing Accomplishments
Describes the achievements of the Border 2020 program, including air pollution reduction, increasing access to clean water, wastewater facility construction, waste management, and emergency response preparation. Discusses examples of projects in rural colonias.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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AHA Future of Rural Health Care Task Force: Final Recommendations
Presents the recommendations of the American Hospital Association Future of Rural Health Care Task Force, including innovation-based solutions and promising practices. Solutions include public-private funding changes for core services, flexible rural hospital infrastructure funding programs, creating a rural design center, and supporting grant writing services. Explores promising rural initiatives such as telemedicine, strategic partnerships, maternal health efforts, broadband investment, and rural philanthropy.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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5G Fund for Rural America
Provides an overview of Federal Communications Commission (FCC) efforts to expand universal service to include telecommunications and high-speed internet services. Describes the 5G Fund, how data will be collected, how funds will be awarded, and the two phases of the program.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Arizona Health Workforce Profile: Critical Care
Report presenting the distribution of critical care workforce and infrastructure, comparing rural and urban counties. Offers data by county and breaks down workforce by physicians, nurses, and respiratory therapists.
Author(s): B Koch, S Coates, C Drake, D Derksen
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Center for Rural Health
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