The Rural Digest
The Rural Digest features replicable, time-tested intervention models, social change-advocacy strategies, and tools, templates, and materials as part of Praxis’ technical assistance to rural communities.
Praxis advises on how to strengthen advocacy work at individual, community and/or institutional levels. We can also provide information and support about the implementation of coordinated responses to ending gender-based violence in rural communities. Access our centralized Rural Clearinghouse to connect with your peers and learn more about rural-specific training, technical assistance, strategies, and research.
In This Issue
Highlights and Announcements
COVID-19 Dashboard for Rural AmericaIn the early days of the coronavirus pandemic, Covid-19 hit the world’s large cities and metropolitan areas first and hardest. In the days since, the pandemic’s impact on rural communities and small towns has become more clear- and more urgent. The Daily Yonder tracks the spread and impact of Covid-19 across rural America. Their dashboard features numbers and maps that are updated weekly, as well as reporting on the stories of the pandemic in rural areas. Read more.
Vera Announces Funding for Organizations Transforming State and Local Justice Systems in Rural AmericaVera Institute of Justice’s In Our Backyards initiative announced the second round of grant funding to community-based and statewide organizations committed to reducing incarceration rates, resisting jail expansion, and eliminating racial and gender disparities in incarceration in small and rural communities. Learn more about the recipients and previously supported projects here.
Upcoming Rural and Related Training Events
Use this website to peruse the training and support available
to you as an OVW grantee.
- Ask what is needed by those with whom you work. Include a question on registration forms for virtual meetings/events, or initial contact forms for virtual advocacy.
- The question could be phrased: “How can we make this more accessible to you? (i.e. closed captioning, interpreting, large print materials…)”
- Once you know what is needed, you can work with vendors to provide the service.
- There are many options for live closed captioning and language interpreting.
- An hourly cost will be charged for the services, so remember to factor the possibility of accessibility requests into your budget.
- Create materials in a 14 pt. serif font for more accessible text.
- Use the “check accessibility” function in Microsoft Word
- Make accessible PowerPoints by including image descriptions
- Ask about accessibility services in any evaluations you conduct- did what you provided meet their needs?
- COVID-19 Vaccine
- COVID-19 General
- Resources and Training Information for Advocacy Programs Related to COVID-19
- Data Dashboard for the Economic Impact of Covid-19 on Survivors Survey
- Guide to Rural Health Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)
- Remote Supervision in Rural Dual/Multi-Service Advocacy Agencies
- Addressing Native American Food Insecurity During the COVID-19 Pandemic
- COVID-19 Resources for Addressing Substance Use in Rural Communities
- Research, Information, and Resources
- Unique challenges of universal mandated reporting of rural child abuse
- Homeless people in rural America struggle to find help
- A connection during crisis: Virtual Crisis Care Program in SD
- Indian Country Today’s top 20 stories of 2020
- Abusive Partners Intervention Project podcast series
- End Abuse of People with Disabilities webinar library
- American Bar Association LGBTQI+ Legal Access Project
This project is supported by Grant No. 2015-TA-AX-K057 awarded by the Office on Violence Against Women, U.S. Department of Justice. The opinions, findings, conclusions and recommendations expressed in this document are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the U.S. Department of Justice.