Thursday, June 25, 2020

White House creates online toolbox to connect rural leaders to federal funding, data and info to help fight drug addiction

White House officials announced Wednesday the launch of the Rural Community Toolbox, an online clearinghouse meant to connect rural leaders with federal funding, data and resources to help fight drug addiction in their communities.

The toolbox includes resources from 16 different federal departments and agencies on more than 40 addiction-related topics, touting itself as a "one-stop shop" for those seeking aid.

The Rural Community Toolbox includes an updated Community Assessment Tool, an interactive resources with county-level data on drug overdose deaths and correlated socioeconomic factors such as education attainment and unemployment. The update includes more data layers, including broadband availability, available drug treatment facilities, concentration of health-care professionals, poverty, and economic development districts. The update also has a rural prosperity index.

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