Place-Based Policies and Public Health: The Road to Healthy Rural People and Places
This joint paper by the RUPRI Health Panel and Human Service Panel examines how effective place-based policies can influence how rural and metropolitan areas develop, how well they function as places to live, work, operate a business, preserve heritage, and more. Properly designed public policies can integrate federal programs and contribute to the prosperity, equity, sustainability, and livability of places. Since rural places face particular challenges related to scale (due to fewer people and greater distances), but advantages related to integration (due to relationships built among a small set of local stakeholders), a place-based policy framework can be a particularly effective strategy.
This report was written jointly by members of the RUPRI Health Panel and RUPRI Human Services Panel; published March 2011.