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Community Vitality and Rural Healthcare – Resources

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

County Health Rankings and Roadmaps Action Center
Assists communities to pursue data-informed action through resources covering needs assessments, strategic planning, evaluation, collaboration, and communication.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
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Rural Health and Well-Being in America
Features rural health initiatives, articles, and other related content to demonstrate the connection between health, rural community and economic development.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Cooperative Extension System
Provides opportunities for collaboration, professional development, and access to resources and tools on a variety of topics including enhancing rural community capacity and health and nutrition.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Institute of Food and Agriculture
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Rural Development Innovation Center
Website provides information about the Rural Development Innovation Center, which features resources and best practices for rural communities seeking to improve quality of life through job creation, infrastructure improvements, community partnerships, and more.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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Rural Cooperatives Magazine
Magazine focused on the challenges and successes of rural cooperatives across the country. Featured bimonthly issues published by USDA Rural Development. Ceased publication in 2018, but web editions of past issues are available.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) Locator
An interactive search tool that allows people to locate community development financial institutions in their area. Includes search options by organization, state, area(s) served, organization type, and lending type.
Type: Directory
Sponsoring organization: Opportunity Finance Network
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Building the Capacity of Drinking Water Systems
Resources and information to support small water systems, serving 10,000 or fewer people. Topics addressed include capacity-building, regulation compliance, and funding.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Smart Rural Community
Resources focused on broadband availability and implementation, designating towns as a "Smart Rural Community." Includes white papers, videos, webcasts, and access to models that can be followed to create your own rural telecommunications hub.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: NTCA: The Rural Broadband Association
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PubMed Search: Community and Economic Development and Rural Health
Searches PubMed's collection of journal article citations on the topics of community and economic development and rural health.
Type: Literature Search
Sponsoring organization: U.S. National Library of Medicine
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CDBG Program Contacts
Directory of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program state contacts.
Type: Directory
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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Last Updated: 7/21/2021