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Community Vitality and Rural Healthcare – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Community Vitality and Rural Healthcare.

Rural e-News
Online monthly newsletter providing funding opportunities, training, and resources relevant to rural economic development, community development, and education.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: Rural LISC
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Sustainability Planning Tools
Collection of resources to help consider long-term program sustainability plans that address community needs and engage partners and stakeholders in the process.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Georgia Health Policy Center
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Economic Impact: Tools and Templates
Access tools and templates for studying the economic impact, in rural areas, of Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), Critical Access Hospitals, different health care providers, the social service sector, Medicaid, medical schools, and telemedicine.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Rural Health Works
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County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
County-by-county information on health outcomes and health factors. Each county is ranked within its state. Includes data related to length of life, quality of life, clinical care, health behaviors, social and economic factors that impact health, and the physical environment. State Health Gaps reports explore differences in health among counties for each state. Also includes examples of how the rankings have been used and of effective programs and policies to improve health.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Rural Connections
Published twice a year, each issue focuses on a particular topic of interest to residents in the Western U.S. Contributors include researchers, faculty, and professionals throughout the nation. Examples of past topics include health communities, water, food security, sustainability, renewable energy, and emergency preparedness.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: Western Rural Development Center
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Economic Impact Analysis Tool
Generates summary reports detailing how grant spending can benefit a local, rural economy. Reports can reflect past, current, and future grant spending. Tool can be used by any rural community health organization wanting to know how their project or program activities impact their local economy.
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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USDA Service Center Locator: Rural Development
Provides contact information for USDA Rural Development service centers by state, county, and for the U.S. territories and commonwealths.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Center for Rural Affairs Newsletter
Publication that surveys national issues and events affecting rural America.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Affairs
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Last Updated: 7/16/2021