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Community Vitality and Rural Healthcare – Resources

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

The Financing of Rural Health
Features a recording of a panel discussion on innovative strategies for financing rural health. Discusses challenges in rural communities, such as health disparities, limited broadband access, hospital closures, and more. Mentions the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on rural health.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
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Leveraging the Built Environment for Health Equity: Promising Interventions for Small and Medium-Size Cities
Examines changes small and medium-size cities can make to the built environment to promote health. Identifies promising practices related to developing interventions and overcoming implementation challenges. Includes discussion of the needs of small rural cities.
Author(s): Martha Fedorowicz, Joe Schilling, Emily Bramhall, et al.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Urban Institute
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County Economic Status in Appalachia, FY 2021
Map showing levels of economic distress in Appalachian counties based on unemployment rates, income, and poverty levels. Includes interactive map, downloadable map and data files, and data report linked on the right side of the map.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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Revealing Rural Realities: What Fuels Inaccurate and Incomplete Coverage of Rural Issues?
Report discussing the representation of rural issues and prosperity in news media and journalism. Address issues of distrust and offers recommendations to journalists, analyzing coverage of rural areas in 2019 across the United States and summarizing 25 interviews with rural experts, journalists, community members, and rural advocates. Identifies healthcare as a common topic of rural coverage, noting media emphasis on negative aspects of rural life including hospital closures, health disparities, and suicide.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Aspen Institute, Center for Rural Strategies, Hattaway Communications, Rural Housing Assistance Council
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AARP Rural Livability Workshop Report
Report describing rural community characteristics with a focus on rural elders. Discusses rural demographics, community dynamics, public spaces, housing transportation, economy, healthy living, broadband access, and disaster readiness.
Author(s): Melissa Stanton, Patricia Oh
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: AARP
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In Search of "Good" Rural Data: Measuring Rural Prosperity
Discusses the availability of data on rural communities, including economic, health, demographic, and geographic data, and issues that make rural data collection and reporting difficult. Compares 22 datasets, exploring what makes data collection difficult and what makes specific datasets challenging to work with. Addresses methods of locating good information in existing datasets, as well as steps toward improving data access.
Author(s): Corianne Payton Scally, Eric Burnstein, Matthew Gerken, Evelyn Immonen
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Aspen Institute, Housing Assistance Council, Urban Institute
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Wellness Funds: Flexible Funding to Advance the Health of Communities
Issue brief describing key issues in conceptualizing, developing, and implementing Wellness Funds. Offers policy opportunities for funders to advance the model for aligning community resources. Includes case examples from Washington state, California, and rural Vermont.
Author(s): Janet Heinrich, Jeffrey Levi, Dora Hughes, Helen Mittmann
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Funders Forum on Accountable Health
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Rural Development Hubs: Strengthening America's Rural Innovation Infrastructure
Looks at the role rural development hubs play in rural infrastructure development. Discusses healthcare access and population health as beneficiaries of rural infrastructure development.
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group
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Transforming Persistent Poverty in America: How Community Development Financial Institutions Drive Economic Opportunity
Report discusses the role community development financial institutions play in rural communities. Highlights economic and social barriers in rural counties, such as unemployment, lack of financial institutions, inadequate housing, structural inequality, and lack of access to healthcare, among others.
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Partners for Rural Transformation
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A Systemic Framework for Understanding the Dynamics of Rural Communities in America
Identifies factors and mechanisms that influence positive and negative outcomes in rural communities. Discusses the relationship between labor and health capacity, with examples of how these can vary over time. Examines household, organizational, and community dynamics, as well as the impact of regional, state, and federal forces on rural communities.
Author(s): Gery W. Ryan, David Catt, Lauren Davis, J. Luke Irwin, Susan S. Everingham
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RAND Corporation
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Last Updated: 7/16/2021