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Building Rural: The Housing Assistance Council's 2016 Rural Housing Conference
Video recording of the 2016 Rural Housing Conference. Includes discussions of rural housing inequality, the changing face of rurality, the opioid epidemic in rural America, and creative placemaking. 21 sessions available for viewing.
Date: 12/2016
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Housing Assistance Council
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Bringing Law and Medicine Together to Help Rural Patients
Describes how medical-legal partnerships can help address patients' health-harming legal needs. Features rural medical-legal partnerships in Minnesota and Illinois.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 10/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Families in Crisis: The Human Service Implications of Rural Opioid Misuse (Policy Brief)
Presents findings and policy recommendations from the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services' 2016 meeting with rural residents, healthcare providers, and stakeholders regarding the impact and effects of opioid use disorders on rural families. Topics addressed include drug overdose and death, conflict with partners and children, emotional disturbance, adverse health risks, and related impacts on employment and economic sustainability.
Date: 07/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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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
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 06/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Dynamics of Economic Well-Being: Participation in Government Programs, 2009-2012: Who Gets Assistance?
Provides information on the characteristics of people who receive benefits from Medicaid, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), housing assistance, Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), and general assistance. Tables in the appendices include metropolitan and non-metropolitan participation rates by program.
Author(s): Shelley K. Irving, Tracy A. Loveless
Date: 05/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Accountable Care Communities in Rural: Laying the Groundwork in Humboldt County, California
Describes how Accountable Care Communities (ACCs) employ a unified approach to improving the health of a population and reducing costs, by emphasizing preventive health and wellness efforts, as well as promoting collaboration among community-based organizations, social services, and the local health care system. Examines the ways in which the ACC model may help rural communities face challenges associated with poorer health outcomes, transportation difficulties, and shortages of healthcare providers.
Author(s): Paula Weigel, Chance Finegan, Jocelyn Richgels, et al.
Date: 03/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute Rural Health Panel
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RHIhub’s Human Services Support Guide for Rural Healthcare: Everything Connects
Features the RHIhub's new topic guide, Human Services to Support Rural Health.
Author(s): Kathleen Belanger
Location: Rural Monitor, 2015(Winter)
Date: 02/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Community Connections: Ideas & Innovations for Hospital Leaders
The American Hospital Association's Community Connections initiative has published a report highlighting ten innovative human service programs. These programs are organized into four categories: social and basic needs, health promotion, access and coverage, and quality of life. Some included programs address specific challenges faced in rural communities.
Date: 01/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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20 Years of Rural Voices
Highlights and revisits articles from the last two decades of the Rural Voices journal. Covers topics including self-help housing, low-income housing, tax credits, housing trust funds, the Fair Housing Act, and the National Low Income Housing Coalition.
Author(s): Bennie G. Thompson, Leslie Newman, Kim Herman, et al.
Location: Rural Voices, 20(3), 1-36
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Housing Assistance Council
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Child Protective Services May Link Families to Needed Income Supports
Examines families' receipt of income support immediately following and 18 months after a child maltreatment report. Provides information on receipt of income supports for rural compared to urban areas. Also provides information on families' self-assessment of how they were doing financially, by urban and rural location. Discusses the impact of poverty on parent-child interactions.
Author(s): Wendy A. Walsh, Marybeth J. Mattingly
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Compassionate Collaboration Reduces Homelessness in Utah
Highlights Utah’s Housing First plan which is decreasing the number of homeless in the state while saving thousands of dollars in emergency medical bills and other costs.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Location: Rural Monitor, 2014(Fall)
Date: 11/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Rural Adoptions: A Different Kind of Rural Trust
Highlights three successful efforts in rural America to find adoptive homes for foster children.
Author(s): Kathleen Belanger
Location: Rural Monitor, 2014(Fall)
Date: 11/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Housing an Aging Rural America: Rural Seniors and Their Homes
Discusses housing options to help rural seniors age in place. Topics covered include assisted living, home modification, transportation and other supportive services. Also addresses housing quality and affordability.
Date: 10/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Housing Assistance Council
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Earned Income Tax Credit and Rural Households
Examines the Earned Income Tax Credit by place of residence and discusses how this tax credit can be a safety-net effort and financial support to help rural families out of poverty.
Author(s): Jon M. Bailey
Date: 10/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Affairs
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Homelessness in Rural America
Discusses the unique needs and characteristics of individuals and families experiencing homelessness in rural America. Makes recommendation to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services on ways to improve access to healthcare and other human services for America's rural homeless populations.
Date: 07/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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The Intersection of Rural Poverty and Federal Human Services Programs
Policy brief discusses the challenges faced by federal human services programs and how they address rural poverty by highlighting two case studies offering two different approaches to meeting those challenges.
Date: 01/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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Proposed EITC Expansion Would Increase Eligibility and Dollars for Rural and Urban “Childless” Workers
Reports on proposed changes to the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) which will increase the share of childless workers eligible for the EITC equally in rural and urban places, although rural residents are more likely to be eligible.
Author(s): Jessica A. Carson, Marybeth J. Mattingly
Date: 2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Coordination of Tribal TANF and Child Welfare Services: Early Implementation
Describes the activities of fourteen tribes and tribal organizations who received demonstration grants from the Office of Family Assistance for Coordination of Tribal TANF and Child Welfare Services to Tribal Families at Risk of Child Abuse or Neglect.
Author(s): Pirkko Ahonen, Kim Keating, Julie Morales, et al.
Date: 11/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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Finding Homes for Rural Foster Children
Discusses the need in rural America for foster and adoptive homes in each community, including training, and licensing.
Author(s): Kathleen Belanger
Location: Rural Monitor, 2013(Fall)
Date: 11/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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A Descriptive Study of Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) Programs
Provides an in-depth, systematic description of program implementation, operations, outputs, and outcomes of four Tribal TANF programs: the Navajo Nation Program for Self Reliance, Tanana Chiefs Conference, Athabascan Self-Sufficiency Assistance Project, and South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency.
Author(s): Heather Hahn, Olivia Healy, Chris Narducci, Walter Hillabrant
Date: 09/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit: Overcoming Barriers to Affordable Housing in Rural America
Describes the positive effect of the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) on low-income families in rural communities.
Date: 08/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Housing Coalition
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Informal Kinship Care Most Common Out-of-Home Placement After an Investigation of Child Maltreatment
Reports that after an initial child maltreatment investigation, the vast majority of children remained in their home (88 percent in rural areas and 87 percent in urban areas). Abused children who are removed from their homes are more likely to be placed voluntarily in the homes of other family members than in other placement arrangements.
Author(s): Wendy A. Walsh
Date: 2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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The Need to Integrate Work Programs for Low-Income Rural Residents
Examines some of the issues and opportunities that could emerge from the integration of workforce programs in rural communities as well as the opportunities for DOL and HHS to further collaborate in serving low-income rural residents.
Date: 12/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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Taking Stock: Rural People, Poverty, and Housing in the 21st Century
Comprehensive report detailing rural poverty and housing in the U. S. using data from the 2010 Census and American Community Survey (ACS). Covers information on substandard housing in rural areas and addresses rural housing for high poverty areas and populations, including the Border Colonias, Appalachia, the Mississippi Delta, and housing for Native Americans and farm workers.
Date: 12/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Housing Assistance Council
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Humboldt County, California: A Promising Model for Rural Human Services Integration for Transformation
Summary of an in-depth assessment of the Humboldt County, CA fully integrated health and human services delivery model, which included multiple extended site visits to Humboldt County in 2010 by the Rural Human Services Panel, RUPRI and others.
Author(s): Mario Gutierrez, Kathleen Belanger, Jane Forrest Redfern, Larry Goolsby, Jocelyn Richgels
Date: 02/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute
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The Effects of State EITC Expansion on Children’s Health
Examines the impact of state-level adoption of Earned Income Tax Credits (EITCs) on a set of health-related outcomes for children including health insurance coverage, the use of preventive medical and dental care, and health status measures. Includes data specific to non-metropolitan areas.
Author(s): Reagan Baughman
Date: 2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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TANF in Rural America: Informing Re-authorization
Compares rural-urban differences in rates of poverty and welfare receipt. Suggests ways to improve TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families) to reduce its limitations for rural families and help bring them out of poverty levels.
Author(s): Leif Jensen, Marybeth J. Mattingly, Jessica A. Bean
Date: 09/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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The Geography of Need: Identifying Human Service Needs in Rural America
Uses American Community Survey five year average county-level data to compare the type and degree of human service needs in metropolitan versus non-metropolitan counties.
Author(s): Colleen Heflin, Kathleen Miller
Date: 06/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute
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Federal Tax Policies and Low-Income Rural Households
Examines the use of Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) and the Child Tax Credit (CTC) and looks at their use in rural low- and middle-income households.
Additional links: Report Summary
Author(s): Ron Durst, Tracey Farrigan
Date: 05/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Deleterious Impact on Rural Multiracial and Multicultural Populations Related to the Devolution of Welfare Programs
Policy brief demonstrates that devolution of U.S. welfare programs has disproportionately harmed rural communities with their unique economic and social conditions.
Date: 04/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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CARH News
A bi-monthly newsletter of the Council for Affordable and Rural Housing (CARH), a national non-profit trade organization for participants in the affordable rural housing professions. Provides legislative updates, along with financing and management information focused on the development of affordable rural housing.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: Council for Affordable and Rural Housing
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Weatherization Assistance Program
Provides an overview of the federally-funded program that provides grants to states, territories, and some Indian tribes to improve the energy efficiency of low-income families' homes. Includes information on how to apply for weatherization assistance.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Energy
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Human Services Update from The National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
February 2015 webinar discussion of two policy briefs from the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS) - Rural Poverty and Federal Human Services Programs and Homelessness in Rural America. Presented by Committee Chair Ronnie Musgrove and several other NACRHHS members. 26 minutes.
Additional links: Audio Recording, Presentation Slides, Transcript
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Integrating Health and Human Services in Rural Communities
April 2016 webinar discussing the newly released Rural Services Integration Toolkit, developed by the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis for the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP). Focuses on how services integration can be implemented in your community and provides examples of models, resources, and best practices. Presented by Alycia Bayne, Senior Research Scientist at the NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis; Laura Watters, Network Director of Florissa & Day Services; and Cassalyn David, Community-Clinic Linkages Manager for the Mariposa Community Health Center. 60 minutes.
Additional links: Presentation Slides
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Rural Services Integration Toolkit
Resources and information to help rural communities integrate health and human services. Describes a range of different program models for service integration. Identifies evidence-based and promising models that have been implemented in rural communities.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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PubMed Search: Rural Human Services
Searches PubMed's collection of journal article citations on topics related to rural human services.
Type: Literature Search
Sponsoring organization: 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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Community Services Locator: Knowledge Path
An online directory for finding services for children and families in the communities in which they live.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Education in Maternal and Child Health
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Recruiting, Preparing, and Supporting Successful Adoptive Families
Provides a step-by-step recruitment guide to educate and empower agencies for recruiting adoptive families in rural communities.
Type: Document
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Child Welfare Information Gateway
Connects child welfare and related professionals to comprehensive information and resources to help protect children and strengthen families. Includes information specific to serving families and children in rural communities.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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2-1-1 Information & Referral Service
2-1-1 provides free and confidential information and referral for help with employment, food, housing, health care, addiction prevention programs, and counseling.
Type: Hotline
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National Association for State Community Services Programs: State Contacts
Provides contacts for state community services programs funded through the Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) and the U.S. Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program (DOE/WAP). Implements services including weatherization, energy assistance, child care, nutrition, employment, state energy programs, job training, and housing in urban, suburban, and rural communities.
Type: Directory
Sponsoring organization: National Association for State Community Services Programs
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VirtualCAP
Provides information and resources that can be used by Community Action Agencies and others to help low-income persons and families move toward self-sufficiency and to reduce poverty in communities across the United States. Offers program models, best practices information, funding opportunities, and more. Includes a local community action agency directory.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Ohio Association of Community Action Agencies
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Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
Provides general and application information for LIHEAP, a federally-funded program to help eligible low income homeowners and renters meet their home heating and cooling needs.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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State Human Service Agency Information and Links
Provides a directory of state human service agencies, including telephone numbers and links to websites for each state's agency or agencies dealing with human service programs.
Type: Directory
Sponsoring organization: American Public Human Services Association
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Benefits.gov
Provides information on nearly 1,000 federal and state benefit programs, including food assistance programs, and housing and energy assistance.
Type: Website
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HUD Exchange Rural Gateway
Information clearinghouse providing technical assistance, training workshops, and peer learning and resource sharing to support rural housing and economic development.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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Online Services for Key Low-Income Benefit Programs
Provides state-by-state information on online services related to SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as Food Stamps), Medicaid, CHIP (Children's Health Insurance Program), TANF (Temporary Assistance for Needy Families), and child care assistance.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
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Rural Voices
Quarterly newsletter focused on rural housing and related issues.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: Housing Assistance Council
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HAC News
Newsletter focused on rural affordable housing issues.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: Housing Assistance Council
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Last Updated: 12/12/2017