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Resources by Topic: Self-sufficiency

The Motivations and Needs of Rural, Low-Income Household Food Gardeners
Results of a study using surveys, interviews, and garden visits to households in rural, western Pennsylvania to explore behavior and motivations of rural food gardeners, and the challenges they face. Discusses the financial, spiritual, and ecological value of gardening, and opportunities for community support.
Author(s): Kate J. Darby, Taylor Hinton, Joaquin Torre
Citation: Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 9(2), 1-15
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
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U.S. Department of Health and Human Services: 2019 Annual Report
Highlights the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' major accomplishments during 2019. Discusses the federal response to the opioid crisis, Indian Health Service healthcare quality efforts, value-based healthcare models, and strategies to improve healthcare in rural and underserved communities.
Date: 2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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The Reverend's Revolution: A Kid-First Approach to Community Health
Features the work of Reverend Richard Joyner and the Conetoe Family Life Center, a North Carolina nonprofit focused on youth development and improving community health.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 06/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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A Special Governors' Roundtable: State and County Collaboration to Tackle Chronic Rural Poverty
Video recording of a bi-partisan panel of governors at the National Association of Counties' Annual Meeting discussing issues surrounding childhood poverty in rural America. Focuses on the Rural Impact Challenge, a collaborative effort between county, state, and national leaders to fight rural poverty. Includes discussion of substance abuse prevention and treatment, job creation, economic development, situational and inter-generational poverty, and food insecurity. USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack moderated the panel, which included governors from Tennessee, Virginia, Pennsylvania, and Utah and took place February 22, 2016.
Date: 02/2016
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Counties
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From Rural Poverty to Rural Prosperity: A Lesson in Quilting
Describes the roles that education, healthcare, employment, and human services play in supporting the well-being of rural children and families. Discusses how the availability of these supports can help those living in poverty.
Author(s): Kathleen Belanger
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 06/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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ATC Update: Apache Housing Authority Continues to Encourage Home Ownership, Community Pride
An update on the Arizona organization first covered in the Fall 2003 issue of the Rural Monitor, which aimed to build homes on the reservation and foster home ownership.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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The Need to Integrate Work Programs for Low-Income Rural Residents
Examines issues and opportunities associated with integration of workforce programs in rural communities. Discusses opportunities for the Department of Labor and the Department of Health and Human Services to collaborate to serve low-income rural residents.
Date: 12/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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National Advisory Committee on Rural Health & Human Services Meeting Minutes, Austin, TX, September 26-28, 2012
Minutes from the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services' (NACRHHS) 72nd meeting, which included discussions on the following topics: border health, rural workforce opportunities for low-income rural residents, and future models of rural healthcare infrastructure (FESC and FCHIP).
Date: 09/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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GED Preparation Through Distance Learning in Rural Pennsylvania
Identifies the types and use of GED distance education in rural Pennsylvania. Describes the demographic characteristics and participation patterns of rural GED students in distance learning and face-to-face classes and determines the effectiveness of distance learning in preparing rural students to pass the GED tests. Assesses the cost of distance learning provision and examines the advantages and disadvantages of distance learning for GED study.
Author(s): Esther Prins, Brendaly Drayton, Ramazan Gungor, Cathy Kassab
Date: 05/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Getting Human Services to Rural Communities
Describes how rural children and families can receive the help they need in their own communities despite a tough economy. Partnerships and collaborations among human services entities, like Family Resource Centers in Humboldt County, California, help keep some services local.
Author(s): Kathleen Belanger
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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