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Social Determinants of Health for Rural People News

News stories from the past 60 days.

'People Are Literally Being Poisoned': How Sewage Problems in Alabama Got So Bad -- and Why Other States Should Worry
Jul 17, 2018 - Discusses the lack of waste disposal infrastructure in Alabama and the discovery that a number of rural residents whose homes are not attached to municipal sewer systems may have tropical diseases. Touches on the barriers to addressing the infrastructure problem, including problems faced by people who do have septic systems or who are attached to the sewer system. Also references other places with similar problems related to waste disposal infrastructure, including Native American reservations, where fewer than half of homes are connected to sewers. What these areas have in common is that they tend to already be poor and populated by members of marginalized groups.
Source: Governing
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Mobile Food Banks Roll to Isolated, Rural Poor
Jul 16, 2018 - Highlights the work of the West Alabama Food Bank's mobile pantry which delivers food to people in nine rural counties in Alabama, many poor, aging, or disabled. With poverty levels higher in rural areas than in urban, food insecurity concentrated in rural areas, and more limited transportation options in rural areas, mobile food pantries are an attempt to bridge the gap.
Source: Stateline, Pew Charitable Trusts
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USDA Partners to Improve Rural Water Infrastructure for Nearly 250,000 People in 103 Communities
Jul 16, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced that it is investing $267 million to upgrade water and wastewater systems in rural communities. These investments will be made through 103 infrastructure projects in 35 states through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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HUD Awards $43 Million to Help End Youth Homelessness
Jul 13, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is awarding $43 million through it's Youth Homelessness Demonstration Program (YHDP) to help end youth homelessness, including 5 rural areas. These include Northwest Minnesota, Nebraska, Northern New Mexico, Vermont, and Washington state.
Source: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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NIH-Funded Scientists Put Socioeconomic Data on the Map
Jun 29, 2018 - A new tool developed by scientists funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides local level socioeconomic data on a map. The Neighborhood Atlas uses the 17 measures of education, housing quality, and poverty, updated with current American Community Survey data. It is built so that it can be merged with other data sources to foster better understanding of how neighborhood disadvantage impacts health.
Source: National Institutes of Health
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Hoeven: Senate Passes Farm Bill to Support Native American Producers and Communities
Jun 28, 2018 - Statement from Senator John Hoeven (R-ND), chairman of the Senate Indian Affairs Committee on the provisions in the Farm Bill, recently passed by the U.S. Senate, from his Cultivating Resources, Opportunities, Prosperity and Sustainability (CROPS) for Indian Country Act. Among other things, this authorizes $5 million to establish a tribal self-determination procurement demonstration project within the Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR), which will allow tribal food programs to better serve the nearly 90,000 Native Americans who currently participate in this program.
Source: United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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RUS: Announcement of Grant and Loan Application Deadlines Federal Register
Jun 20, 2018 - The Rural Utilities Service announces its Revolving Fund Program application window for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. $1,000,000 will be available for lending programs to finance water or wastewater systems for rural communities. Applications are due by July 20, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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RUS: Announcement of Grant Application Deadlines and Funding Levels Federal Register
Jun 20, 2018 - The Rural Utilities Service announces its Household Water Well System (HWWS) grant program application window for Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. $993,000 will be available for lending programs to finance the construction or repair of household water wells for existing homes. Applications are due by July 20, 2018.
Source: Federal Register
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Counties Have a Chance to Dent Rural Poverty Rates
Jun 11, 2018 - Overview of a presentation given at the National Association of Counties (NACo) Western Interstate Region (WIR) Conference on ways for rural counties to combat poverty. Includes considerations like access to childcare and transportation, as well as ways centering human service delivery in rural schools and tapping into existing entrepreneurial efforts can impact a community.
Source: National Association of Counties
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As California’s Largest Lake Dries up, It Threatens Nearby Communities with Clouds of Toxic Dust
Jun 6, 2018 - Details the health and environmental impacts related to California's Salton Sea drying up. As more and more of the sea floor is exposed and dries out, most dust is blown up into the air. Thick with years of agricultural run-off, this dust has contributed to this rural area having some of the highest rates of asthma in the country.
Source: The Verge
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Report: Rural Poverty In America Is 'An Emergency'
May 31, 2018 - Highlights the results of a report, produced by the advocacy group Save the Children, ranking nations on factors that are considered "childhood enders" like displacement, child labor, child mortality, and gender bias. The U.S. ranks 36th, largely due to a high infant mortality rate, high rate of children who are victims of homicide, and high teen pregnancy rates. The report also detailed concerns about rural poverty in America, which it called an "emergency," and which affects nearly a quarter of rural children. The highest concentrations of child poverty were in the Mississippi Delta, Appalachia, and on Native American reservations.
Source: NPR
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USDA Announces Pilot Program to Increase Homeownership Opportunities on Native Lands
May 31, 2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has launched a pilot program partnering with two Native Community Development Financial Institutions (NCDFIs) to increase home ownership opportunities on Tribal lands. These NCDFIs will re-lend $800,000 each, provided through the Single Family Housing Direct Loan program, to eligible home buyers for mortgages on North and South Dakota tribal trust lands.
Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Senate Passes Udall, Tester, Hoeven, Isakson Bill to Combat Native American Veteran Homelessness
May 24, 2018 - Announces the Senate passage of the Tribal HUD-VASH Act, which authorizes a joint tribal veterans housing initiative between the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing (VASH) program, which provides rental and housing assistance to veterans who are homeless or at risk of homelessness. This initiative allows tribes and tribal housing authorities to access veterans housing funds for Native American veterans.
Source: United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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Last Updated: 7/17/2018