EQUITY

Recognizing and investing in race, place, and class equity in rural America is a crucial first step toward strengthening rural and Indigenous communities and the nation as a whole.


Research Brief
EquityHealth & Wellbeing
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Using Networks To Build Collaborative And Equitable Food Systems

This brief focuses on local food systems as vehicles for collaboration and racial equity among multiple stakeholders and networks.

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EquityHealth & Wellbeing
Resources to Advance Rural Prosperity & Racial Equity

ChangeLab Solutions

Resilience and ingenuity are hallmarks of rural communities, stemming from their unique cultural and social histories. Given the diversity and varied strengths in rural places, policy solutions need to be tailored to the conditions and lived experiences of people in those communities.

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EquityInfrastructure
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Through Natural Disaster to Prosperity: A Call to Action

Need actionable steps in your equitable disaster preparedness or recovery work? This report highlights best practices from the field.

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Equity
The Rural Aperture Project: Leveraging Data to Gain New Insights Into Rural America

Center on Rural Innovation (CORI)

The Rural Aperture Project uses data to redefine rural America’s narrative, focusing on its diversity and economic realities. This resource, essential for practitioners and policymakers, offers accessible data for informed rural development strategies and storytelling.

Case Study
EquityInfrastructure
When Communities Keep Flooding: A Rural Environmental Justice Case Study

This short case study has insights and tips on addressing the causes and conditions contributing to flooding in rural places, as well as to envision and build thriving futures of equitable rural prosperity.

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EquityInfrastructureJobs & Workforce Development
The Equity of Economic Opportunity in Rural America

The Center on Rural Innovation (CORI)

Research on rural America’s economic opportunity from CORI highlights growing disparities due to the knowledge economy’s focus on urban areas. It emphasizes the need for equitable policy and investment in rural regions to address systemic inequities and enable rural participation in the knowledge economy.

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Native Nation Building: It Helps Rural America Thrive

This second in the Thrive Rural Field Perspectives series shows that when tribes center sovereignty, Indigenous institutions and culture in…

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Toward Racial Equity & Rural Prosperity

ChangeLab Solutions

Explore a suite of resources from ChangeLab Solutions designed to help community organizations, policymakers, and other changemakers advance racial equity and rural prosperity.

Report
EquityInfrastructure
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Mapping a New Terrain: Call to Action

As new rural outdoor recreation economies take root, we can meet this moment by improving how we do outdoor recreation development to better support rural families, businesses, and workers, create more sustainable and equitable economic systems, and improve local health and wellbeing.

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EquityJobs & Workforce Development
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Measure Up: A Call to Action

Today, we have a generational opportunity to strengthen prosperity and equity in communities and Native nations across the rural United…


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A Conversation with NEF about Low Income Housing Tax Credits, Preservation, and Workforce Housing

Rural LISC

In a webinar organized by Rural LISC, experts from the National Equity Fund provide an update on tax credit pricing and what makes a rural tax credit project attractive to investors.

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EquityJobs & Workforce Development
Federal Farm Bill: Big Impacts in Rural Communities

Rural Development Initiatives (RDI)

Despite its name, the Farm Bill impacts far more than just farmers and ranchers. It’s a complex package of federal legislation signed into law every five years that has sweeping effects. Rural Development Initiatives explains what’s in the Farm Bill and what it could mean for rural communities if the Farm Bill is not extended.

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EquityJobs & Workforce Development
Transforming Persistent Poverty in America – How Community Development Financial Institutions Drive Economic Opportunity

Partners for Rural Transformation (PRT)

Eight out of 10 US counties in persistent poverty are nonmetro, and the majority of people living in persistent poverty counties are people of color. PRT examines structural exclusion that affects the nation’s most distressed communities and proposes recommendations to create conditions that advance social and economic opportunity.

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Honing in On Home: Breaking Barriers in BIPOC Homeownership

Partners for Rural Transformation (PRT)

A cornerstone of the “American Dream” is owning a home. For many in rural America, this vision seems nearly impossible, especially for people of color. PRT and HOPE examine policies and lending practices to help address the challenges they face and close homeownership gaps.

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Equity
Resilience and Recovery: Insights from the July 2022 Eastern Kentucky Flood

Housing Assistance Council (HAC)

Reflecting on the Eastern Kentucky flood in 2022, the Housing Assistance Council highlighted challenges limiting the resilience of rural communities, including the prohibitive cost of flood insurance, affordable housing shortages, and floods affecting the labor force.

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Identifying Policies That Advance Racial & Economic Justice in Rural Places

ChangeLab Solutions

Tailoring policies to rural BIPOC communities’ unique conditions is crucial for advancing racial and economic justice. Inclusive decision-making that considers local experiences and challenges can drive impactful change.

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EquityJobs & Workforce Development
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Learning to Grow Equitable Outdoor Recreation Economies

Discussion with rural leaders on the opportunity equitable outdoor recreation economies pose to rural areas.

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Connecting to Family, Community, and Heritage in Eagle Butte, South Dakota

Brookings Institution

In a podcast episode, Brookings Senior Fellow Tony Pipa visits Eagle Butte, South Dakota, to hear how local business owners, tribal administrators, and leaders from the Four Bands Community Fund are working to build credit and center local voices in development.

Case Study
EquityJobs & Workforce Development
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Communicating for Connection: West Virginia Community Development Hub

This short case study has insights and tips on how rural development practitioners can move beyond neutrality and still communicate effectively with community members from across the political spectrum.

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Who Lives in Rural America? The Geography of Rural Race and Ethnicity

Center on Rural Innovation (CORI)

How are racial and ethnic groups distributed across rural America? What are the historical factors that have influenced the current geography? Learn more about who lives in rural America from CORI’s Rural Aperture Project.

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EquityHealth & Wellbeing
Promoting Health Equity in Rural Communities

ChangeLab Solutions

Health equity in rural areas demands acknowledgment of racial diversity and past injustices. Engaging communities and building local partnerships when developing policy are key for addressing disparities in rural health. ChangeLab Solutions explores the lessons they have learned for policymakers and partners looking to address health equity.

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Building on a Legacy of Community Resilience in Sunflower County, Mississippi

Brookings Institution

In a podcast episode, Brookings Senior Fellow Tony Pipa visits two towns in Sunflower County, Mississippi, to hear how local leaders and homecomers—those returning to their rural hometowns—describe their efforts to build communities where people want to live. They highlight the role of beauty and leisure in achieving their visions.

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EquityHealth & Wellbeing
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Weaving Health Equity and Rural Development by Strengthening Data and Evidence Infrastructure

Learnings, insights, and resources to better understand where progress is needed on weaving health equity and rural development and what wins we all can celebrate.

Case Study
Equity
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Building Power Together: Sustainable Forestry and African-American Land Retention Network

This short case study has insights and tips on how communities that have been historically and systematically excluded can develop authentic and effective leadership that builds power to challenge the status quo.

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EquityInfrastructure
Broadband Connection in Rural Communities

ChangeLab Solutions

Improving rural broadband is key to enhancing health, education, and economic equity. It ensures access to health and emergency services and reduces the digital divide that disproportionately affects BIPOC and low-income families. Explore how increasing capital access and flexible policy strategies can advance rural life.

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EquityInfrastructure
Strategies to Address Rural Flooding

Insights from practitioners in rural places experiencing repeated disasters on what it will take to for rural communities to drive their own solutions.