|COVID-19 Update: The John T. Gorman Foundation is curating a list of resources, emerging best practices, and innovative ideas from across the country to help local organizations serve vulnerable Mainers during the coronavirus outbreak. To access those resources, visit www.jtgfoundation.org/resources/covid-19 or enter Covid-19 in the keyword search. Those results can be further focused by using the “Filter by” menu above to filter by population type (Young Children, Older Youth, Families, and Seniors) or by clicking the following links: childcare, education, food security, housing, rural areas, and workforce.|
The John T. Gorman Foundation strives to be data-driven and results based and seeks to promote information and ideas that advance greater understanding of issues related to our mission and priorities. In our effort to promote these values, we offer these research and best practice resources collected from reputable sources across the country. The library also includes briefs and reports the Foundation has commissioned or supported, a listing of which can be found here.
Rural Counties That Are Active Online Have Higher Incomes
April 24, 2020 – GeneralThe Daily Yonder reports on a new way to measure broadband use and adoption in rural places—the number of “ventures”, individual domain names with an active website, per 100 people. This measure is made possible by a new dataset from GoDaddy that contains county-level data about active websites. Researchers at Arizona State and the University of Iowa found that nonmetropolitan (rural) counties with more online ventures also had higher median household incomes, even when controlling for variables such as race, age, and local industry mix. #covid-19 #rural
Public transit provides critical lifeline, but faces serious strains
April 23, 2020 – SeniorsA new post from AARP describes steps that public transportation providers are taking to ensure that access to critical services continues during the pandemic. One transit company in rural Michigan service now delivers groceries, food pantry good, senior meals, and prescriptions to older adults and other vulnerable populations. Another, in rural Pennsylvania, is providing homeless individuals with rides to testing and quarantine locations. While these actions are providing support to key populations in the crisis, additional services and waived fees threaten the long-term sustainability of the public transit agencies. #covid-19
New Covid-19 Risk Assessment Could Help Rural Mitigation Strategies
April 20, 2020 – GeneralNew research out of Iowa State University highlighted by the Daily Yonder uses a new method of assessing COVID-19 risks in rural counties. They find that, in general, non-metropolitan (rural) counties are at a higher risk for complications related to COVID-19 than metropolitan (urban) counties. In fact, an estimated 31% of rural counties were identified as high-risk. Iowa State researchers suggest that this kind of risk analysis can inform mitigation strategies to protect vulnerable populations. #covid-19 #ruralresponse
Bus brings behavioral health care to rural Georgia families
Will Students without Home Internet Fall Behind During Coronavirus Shutdowns?Without anchor institutions like libraries, recreation centers, and restaurants to provide public Wi-Fi, students have fewer public solutions available, which has serious implications for educational equity. #covid-19 #education
COVID‐19: How Can Rural Community Pharmacies Respond to the Outbreak?
April 11, 2020 – FamiliesNew research commentary from The Journal of Rural Health describes how pharmacists can play an important role in public health, especially in rural areas with limited primary care providers during coronavirus pandemic. With “about 90% of Americans living within 5 miles of a community pharmacy” (2), pharmacists have an opportunity to advise patients on symptoms and refer patients to higher levels of care when necessary. #covid-19 #rural
How to reach students without internet access during coronavirus? Schools get creativeas in New Hampshire. #covid-19 #education #rural
Brookings: Transformative placemaking amid COVID-19: Early stories from the field
April 7, 2020 – GeneralBass Center for Transformative Placemaking looks at how placemaking practitioners—from those managing public spaces in large cities to those supporting small businesses in rural communities—have adapted their work amid the coronavirus pandemic to meet residents’ immediate needs, while staying aligned with their mission of place-based inclusion and long-term well-being. #COVID-19
COVID-19 Research Spotlight: Rural Places
April 7, 2020 – GeneralGiven the multitude of rural spaces in Maine, the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire has highlighted some of the most recent research on diagnoses, experiences, and implications of #COVID-19 in rural places, including Maine.
Rural COVID-19 Innovations
April 2, 2020 – GeneralLearn about how rural communities are innovating the face of COVID-19. The Rural Health Information Hub is assembling a collection of best practices, lessons learned, and other examples addressing healthcare and health-related concerns, such as food and shelter. #covid-19
Infographic: Rate of Living Alone by Rurality and Age
April 1, 2020 – SeniorsA new infographic from the University of Minnesota’s Rural Health Research Center found that the likelihood of living alone increases with age in both urban and rural areas. An estimated 28.2% of people ages 65 and older in nonmetropolitan (rural) counties live alone, compared to only 6.6% of people ages 18-34 in these same areas. This highlights the importance of place-based approaches to supporting seniors who live alone. #covid-19
Some Pregnant Women Who Can Afford to Are Fleeing New York City
April 1, 2020 – FamiliesWith fear of exposure to the coronavirus in hospitals, many pregnant women are considering giving birth at home or traveling great distances. The Stateline initiative of Pew Charitable Trusts reports that rural, black women, who were already marginalized before the pandemic, are now unable to find available midwives and feel they have no option but to have risky unassisted home births. Lifting existing state restrictions on midwifery and supporting black midwives and doulas could be part of the solution. Experts at the Urban Institute also propose that ensuring Medicaid coverage for out-of-hospital births would help further support safe options for mothers. #covid-19