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Human Services to Support Rural Health – Resources

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Tracking COVID-19 Relief for Human Services and Education Programs
An overview of steps the federal government has taken to implement new resources and administrative changes through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act; the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act; and the American Rescue Plan Act. Includes information on programs for food security, care of older people, education, economic impact payments, and tax credits.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Counties
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2021 Housing Assistance Council (HAC) National Rural Housing Conference
Video recording of the 2021 Rural Housing Conference that covers discussions on rural housing equity, diversity, federal policy and priority updates, and more. Includes 8 sessions available for viewing.
Date: 12/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Housing Assistance Council
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Creating the New Normal: COVID-19 Leaves Its Mark on Rural America
Offers articles discussing various impacts the COVID-19 pandemic has had on affordable rural housing and those organization working to ensure affordable rural housing. Shares stories describing how federal aid was used to address homelessness and rural residents' housing needs in Wisconsin, how the pandemic has impacted Oregon farmworkers' housing and health, and how flexible U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) programs have helped rural nonprofits in Washington serve rural communities.
Citation: Rural Voices, 25(1)
Date: 11/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Housing Assistance Council
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Human Services Programs in Rural Contexts: Mixed Methods Analysis, Integration, and Triangulation Plan
Analysis plan outlining the research design and methodology of a study of human services delivery in rural areas funded by the the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation (OPRE) in the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) in collaboration with the Health Resources and Services Administration's (HRSA) Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB). Covers stakeholder engagement, research questions and qualitative data collection, data analysis, and integration of findings.
Author(s): Dallas J. Elgin, Kelly McAleer, James Murdoch, et al.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: 2M Research, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Urban Institute
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Prenatal Alcohol and Other Drug Exposures in Child Welfare Study: Final Report
Reports the findings of a study examining 22 child welfare agencies in 5 states to determine how agencies obtain information about prenatal substance exposure (PSE) when a child is involved with the child welfare system and how agencies use PSE information to provide services and support for affected children and their families. Exhibit 4 describes the characteristics and key features of the states and child welfare agencies involved in the study, including a breakdown of rural and urban counties.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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Tribal Child Welfare Systems' Experiences with Prenatal Exposure to Alcohol and Other Drugs: A Case Study
Shares the results of a federally-funded case study examining existing approaches and practices to identify and care for Native American children with prenatal substance exposure (PSE) and their families from the Red Lake Nation in Minnesota. Offers discussion and implications for tribal child welfare programs and federal agencies working with tribes to address child welfare issues.
Author(s): Priscilla Day, Erin Geary, Erin Ingoldsby, Pirkko Ahonen
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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Joint Resource Guide to Strengthen and Expand Child Care Facilities in Rural Communities
Offers information on resources and funding opportunities to help address child care needs in rural communities. Outlines how an entity interested in owning or operating a child care facility can access resources from the Administration for Children and Families and the USDA Rural Development to help meet child care needs. Includes key considerations for developing Head Start/Early Head Start programs and child care centers to serve tribal communities.
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Administration for Children and Families, USDA Rural Development
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Medicaid and Housing Partnerships: A Resource for Local Health Departments
Explores how local health departments (LHDs) in rural areas can utilize Medicaid managed care levers to address homelessness and housing security issues. Summarizes results from a gap analysis and readiness assessment which identified key opportunities to help prepare three LHDs in rural North Carolina counties for the transition to Medicaid managed care. Identifies action steps for these counties to strengthen housing supports that can also inform similar initiatives in other states.
Author(s): Matthew Ralls, Kathy Moses, Rob Houston
Date: 07/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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Rural Housing Symposium: Recovery Through Resiliency
Video recording of the 2020 Rural Housing Conference that covers discussions on long-term trends and recent changes in rural housing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic impacts, recovery pathways, and policy collaboration on a variety of topics to build rural resiliency. Includes 7 sessions available for viewing.
Date: 12/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Housing Assistance Council
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Child Care in 25 States: What We Know and Don't Know
Compares the supply and demand for child care services in 25 states, and examines potential reasons behind resulting child care gaps. Features state-by-state data on child care need, including urban versus rural comparisons. Discusses challenges with data collection and offers recommendations for improvement.
Additional links: Webinar Recording
Author(s): Linda Smith, Anubhav Bagley, Benjamin Wolters
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bipartisan Policy Center
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Last Updated: 1/14/2022