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Other Case Studies and Collections of Program Examples

In addition to RHIhub's Rural Health Models and Innovations rural program examples, you may also want to browse other case studies, databases, and websites with collections of health programs.

Each resource listed below uses its own criteria for selecting program examples, which may range from programs known to be effective based on research to anecdotal accounts. In each resource, you may want to review information on the level of evidence required for a program's inclusion.

May include non-rural programs that could be applicable to rural health delivery.

Exploring Bright Spots in Appalachian Health: Case Studies
In-depth studies of 10 Appalachian counties with health outcomes that are better than expected, given their characteristics and resources. Identifies actions these areas are taking to improve health and well-being. Features statistics including demographics and health-related data, and maps showing economic status of Appalachian counties. Third in a series of reports exploring health issues in Appalachia.
Author(s): Nancy M. Lane, G. Mark Holmes, Thomas A. Arcury, et al.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Appalachian Regional Commission, Burness, PDA, Inc., The Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research
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Community Care Integration
Profile of Southern Prairie, a 12-county collaboration facilitating integration of health services and community supports in rural southwestern Minnesota through a Medicaid Accountable Care Organization.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Network Spotlight: Northeast Kentucky Regional Health Information Organization
Highlights an interview with Scott Lilley, the Executive Director of the Northeast Kentucky Regional Health Information Organization (NeKY RHIO). Describes the development of NeKY RHIO and their work to improve health and safety through the use of health information technology (HIT). Covers the advantages and challenges of working in a rural area, current initiatives, steps taken to address network sustainability, and advice to those developing a rural health network.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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At Presentation Medical Center: Culture Impacts Success
Describes Presentation Medical Center's (PMC) progress as part of the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project, completed in 2017, focused on assessing PMC's finances and operations. PMC is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital (CAH) located in Rolla, North Dakota.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Telepsychiatry Program: Children’s Hospital and Medical Center
Describes the development, impact, lessons learned, and future goals of a telepsychiatry program designed to provide behavioral healthcare services to children in rural Nebraska.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Uvalde Memorial Hospital Strategizes SRHT Implementation
Describes Uvalde Memorial Hospital's (UMH) progress as part of the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project, completed in 2017, that focused on assessing UMH's finances and operations. UMH is a 25-bed county-owed not-for-profit Critical Access Hospital (CAH) located in Uvalde, Texas.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Ray of Hope Behavioral Health Program: Cottage Hospital – Woodsville, N.H.
Describes Cottage Hospital, a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital that provides healthcare services to a large region of New Hampshire and Vermont, with an additional 10 beds for the Ray of Hope behavioral health program designed for older adults. Discusses the Ray of Hope program and covers impacts, lessons learned, and future goals of the program.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Case Studies From the 2017 Care Coordination Comparative Study
Provides an overview of four care coordination approaches being used in rural areas: care coach, clinical, community health worker, and school-based. Includes individual case studies of rural care coordination programs, with detailed information on target populations, technology used, partners, care team composition, and more.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: National Rural Health Resource Center, Rural Health Innovations
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Ensuring Access and Improving Population Health Through Collaboration and Patient - Centered Care Columbia Memorial Hospital, Astoria, OR
Describes Columbia Memorial Hospital (CMH), an independent Critical Access Hospital, in Astoria, Oregon that works to ensure access to specialty and primary care for Pacific North Coast and Lower Columbia regions of northwest Oregon. Shares strategies and collaborative efforts to address the community's needs by ensuring access to care, improving population health, and designing consumer driven patient-centered care.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association Section for Small or Rural Hospitals
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Ensuring Access to Care: Wagner Community Memorial Hospital – Avera, Wagner, S.D.
Describes Wagner Community Memorial Hospital – Avera (WCMH-A), a 20-bed Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in Wagner, South Dakota that works to ensure access to care while addressing the social determinants of health for the populations they serve. Shares strategies and collaborative efforts to address the community's needs through the use of telemedicine, housing and economic development, population health, and access to primary care.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association Section for Small or Rural Hospitals
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OSF HealthCare – Peoria, IL: Connecting Health Systems and Community-Based Organizations to Improve Outcomes
Features a faith-based, 13-hospital health care system serving Illinois and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Describes OSF Center for Health - Streator, which will feature the first rural freestanding emergency department in Illinois. Discusses how OSF HealthCare is using a case management platform and working with community-based organizations to meet a wide range of patient needs.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Atmore Community Hospital: Consistent Implementation Leads to Results
Describes the success of Atmore Community Hospital (ACH), located in Atmore, Alabama, after participating in the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) project. During the project, the 49-bed short-term acute care hospital focused on maximizing the influence from leadership rounds, increasing marketing to communicate accomplishments to the community, and tracking patient satisfactions scores to improve clinic operations.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Expanding Care for Rural Patients
Discusses the telehealth psychology program at Texas A&M and the effect the program has had on mental health access across the state. Details the program's implementation and the ways it is overcoming barriers for rural people.
Author(s): Amy Novotney
Citation: APA Monitor on Psychology, 49(3), 64
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Psychological Association
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Illinois Rural Community Care Organization – Princeton, IL: Statewide Rural Accountable Care Organization
Provides an overview of the work and impact of the Illinois Rural Community Care Organization (IRCCO), a Medicare shared savings Accountable Care Organization (ACO). IRCCO includes 24 Critical Access Hospitals and rural hospitals and associated physician practices and clinics.
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Behavioral Health Integration into Primary Care
Profile of a rural health system, Western Wisconsin Health (WWH), and its work to deliver behavioral health services. Provides an overview of how behavioral health providers and services were integrated with primary care, with a cultural change to focus on whole-person care. Includes information on Medicare and Medicaid reimbursement for the behavioral health services provided at WWH's Rural Health Clinic. Discusses how WWH behavioral health providers offer telehealth services to other rural areas of Wisconsin.
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Virtual Urgent Care - Bryan Health, Lincoln, NE
Case study of Bryan Health ezVisit, an online diagnosis and treatment option being used by a nonprofit health system in Lincoln, Nebraska for service to surrounding rural communities.
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center: SRHT Project Well Under Way
Profiles Minnie Hamilton Health Care Center's (MHHCC) progress as part of the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project, completed in 2017, focused on improving quality of care and transitions of care throughout its facilities. MHHCC is an 18-bed, not-for-profit Critical Access Hospital in Grantsville, West Virginia. MHHCC also operates a Rural Health Clinic in Grantsville and a Federally Qualified Health Center in Glenville.
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Case Studies of Telehealth Programs in New York
Synthesizes information from 7 case studies of healthcare providers who regularly use telehealth applications in service delivery, including those who serve patients in rural communities. Identifies common themes and findings related to the impact of these services on provider organizations and patient populations. Featured programs include those emphasizing oral health, home care, and psychiatric care.
Author(s): Robert Martiniano, Carol Rodat, Bridget Baker, Lauren Boyd, Rachel Carter, et al.
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Workforce Studies
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Affiliation Partners Sought to Prepare Small Hospital for Value-Based Care
Details how Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) in Grinnell, Iowa, followed a robust due diligence process to seek affiliation partners and prepare for participation in risk-based reimbursement models. GRMC is a 49-bed private, non-profit medical center that serves six rural counties in Iowa.
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Antibiotic Stewardship Program (ASP) Case Study: Critical Access Hospital - Southwest Health System
Outlines the governance structure, implementation strategies, key milestones, and outcomes from Cortez, Colorado-based Southwest Health System's antimicrobial stewardship program.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Research & Educational Trust
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Network Spotlight: Wright Health Partners
Describes the network characteristics, key learnings, challenges, and accomplishments of Clarion, Iowa-based Wright Health Partners, a rural healthcare consortium that works to address health issues in the area. Originally started as an agreement between two Critical Access Hospitals, Wright Health Partners has grown to include schools, an ambulance service, an orthopedic practice, and other partners. Members of Wright Health Partners share an electronic medical record (EMR) system, technical assistance resources, and program funding.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Staff Sharing Arrangements for Local Public Health
Describes several case studies of local public health organizations' arrangements for sharing health directors, physicians, nurses, inspectors, social workers, or administration staff. Includes descriptions of such arrangements in public health agencies in rural areas of Webster County, Iowa and in three adjacent northwestern Oregon counties with a mixture of urban, suburban, and rural areas.
Author(s): Gerald Young, Joshua Franzel
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Center for Sharing Public Health Services, Center for State & Local Government Excellence
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Meadville Medical Center: Care Coordination for Adults and Children
Describes the Meadville Medical Center Community Care Network (CCN), an interdisciplinary team of clinicians who focus on using care coordination to help patients manage chronic conditions and achieve their health and wellness goals. CCN's goal is to engage patients and encourage them to take ownership of their health, thereby reducing hospital readmissions, conserving resources, and improving the health of the population.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association Section for Small or Rural Hospitals
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Kalispell Regional Healthcare: Managing the Needs of Medically and Socially Complex Patients or Superutilizers
Details how Kalispell Regional Healthcare teamed with Mountain-Pacific Quality Health to introduce a modified transitional care model, which is designed to reduce service utilization and improve the health of high-cost, high-need patients. Initiative is part of a special innovations project through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) and uses multidisciplinary "ReSource" teams to coordinate care and services across rural and underserved areas of Montana.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association Section for Small or Rural Hospitals
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Ensuring Access with a Hospital’s Conversion to a Freestanding Emergency Department
Outlines Ellijay, Georgia-based North Georgia Medical Center's transition from a traditional community hospital to a freestanding emergency department (ED). Shares administrative, legal, and logistical challenges that, once overcome, resulted in Piedmont Mountainside Hospital Emergency Services - a successful, community-focused freestanding ED.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association Section for Small or Rural Hospitals
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Network Spotlight: Illinois Telehealth Network
Describes the characteristics, key learnings, and accomplishments of the Illinois Telehealth Network (ITN) through an interview with key ITN personnel. ITN is a 26-member consortium of rural health entities, including Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), working to improve access to care in rural, underserved communities through the expanded application of telehealth and telemedicine solutions.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Interviews from the Field: Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
Interview discusses the Swinomish Community Health Assessment and Code Development project. Presents the project's objectives and the goals of the Swinomish Community Health Department.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Native Americans
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Improving Health in the Mississippi Delta through Powerful Engagement
Describes the financial, educational, and healthcare challenges residents of the Mississippi Delta face. Discusses the Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation, a cancer awareness and prevention program working in rural, African American communities to create a network focused on education, outreach, and advocacy related to cancer.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
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Rural Transportation Best Practice: Transportation for Individuals with Chronic Care Conditions
Highlights a program called Mountain Empire Older Citizens (MEOC), which is a transportation assistance service for individuals with chronic conditions in Big Stone Gap, VA. Details the demographics of the town, as well as the structure of the program.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Aging and Disability Transportation Center
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Network Spotlight: Arizona Rural Women's Health Network
Shares the characteristics, key learnings, accomplishments, and challenges faced by the Arizona Rural Women's Health Network (AzRWHN) through an interview with network director, Leah Meyers. AzRWHN works to build network partners' capacity and promote activities that improve the health of women in Arizona.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Live Healthy, Live Well, ‘Live Algoma’
Provides an overview of the residents in Algoma, Wisconsin coming together as a community to set goals and work together on health and wellness issues. Working together Algoma residents have created an alternative school, called Pathfinder, out of an old bank, built the Algoma Community Wellness Center, made connections between local industries and schools to create new learning opportunities for students, and more. Algoma is a recipient of the 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Prize.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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A Community Holding Hands to Bridge its Divide
Describes the actions taken and programs developed by the residents of Garret County, Maryland in response to the economic, cultural, and health challenges they face. Working together the Garret County residents have been able to provide scholarships to every high school graduate to attend community college for free, develop 700 affordable, low-income, mixed-income and workforce housing units, and more. Garret County is a recipient of the 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Prize.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Innovations in Rural Health System Development: Federally Qualified Health Center Initiatives
Details a report on Maine's Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Discusses strategies for workforce recruitment and retention, serving a high-need patient population, addressing critical community needs, and providing services that address the social determinants of health. Provides various examples of programs from across the state.
Author(s): Sara Kahn-Troster, Amanda Burgess, Andrew Coburn
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Maine Health Access Foundation, Muskie School of Public Service Institute for Health Policy
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Medical-Legal Partnership Addresses Social Determinants of Health
Explores how FirstHealth of the Carolinas, a private, nonprofit healthcare network based in Pinehurst, North Carolina, reduced emergency department utilization and hospital readmission rates systemwide through the use of transitional care clinics (TCCs) and medical-legal partnerships (MLPs).
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Tackling the Opioid Crisis in a Rural Community
Discusses a partnership between a rural hospital physician and the director of a community counseling center to establish a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for opioid addiction in rural Maine. Presents the program's support structure, as well as the advantages of having an integrated treatment approach.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Promoting a Nutritious Diet Inside and Outside the Hospital
Highlights a rural Vermont hospital's efforts to promote healthier eating habits both inside and outside the hospital by locally sourcing food, encouraging participation in their "Ton of Tomatoes" project, and processing produce to help food-insecure community members. Discusses efforts of other hospitals promoting healthy diets, including removing unhealthy cafeteria meal options and promoting community gardens.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Network Spotlight: Indiana Rural Workforce Innovation Network
Provides an overview of the Indiana Rural Workforce Innovation Network (IRWIN) through an interview with Cindy Large, Heather Grable, and Amnah Anwar from the Indiana Rural Health Association. Focuses on IRWIN's achievements and insights as members work to strengthen Indiana's rural allied health workforce through recruitment, training, certification, and job placement.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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An Assessment of Mobile and Portable Dentistry Programs to Improve Population Oral Health
Describes configurations of portable and mobile dental programs including models and applications, discusses targeted populations, details variations in regulations by state, and examines outcomes of preventive interventions in underserved areas. Includes case studies of 7 programs initiated to improve access in underserved populations or in rural areas.
Additional links: Policy Brief
Author(s): Margaret Langelier, Jean Moore, Rachel Carter, et al.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oral Health Workforce Research Center
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Coteau des Prairies Keeping Services Close to Home
Follows a South Dakota-based Coteau des Prairies Health System's (CDP) progress as part of the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) project. CDP completed a financial operational assessment (FOA) with the goal of positioning the hospital for future financial success. Primary areas of improvement include revenue cycle management, HCAHPS scores, executive communication, swing bed utilization, and more.
Additional links: One-Page Summary
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Hospital-Community Partnerships to Build a Culture of Health: A Compendium of Case Studies
Presents insights from nine communities across the U.S. that have successful hospital-community partnerships. Each case study provides a description of the community, background information on the partner organizations, and an overview of the impacts and lessons learned. Several case studies include rural communities, rural populations, and/or rural partner organizations.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Research & Educational Trust
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Network Spotlight: North Dakota Critical Access Hospital Quality Network
Describes the North Dakota Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Quality Network through an interview with Senior Project Coordinator, Jody Ward, and Associate Director, Lynette Dickson, from the University of North Dakota, School of Medicine and Health Sciences' Center for Rural Health. The North Dakota CAH Quality Network serves as a voluntary platform for facilitating best practices and quality improvement initiatives across all of North Dakota's 36 CAHs. Focuses on the North Dakota CAH Quality Network's characteristics, lessons learned, accomplishments, and challenges.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Promising Practices to Build Healthy Active Native Communities
Highlights promising practices to improve the health and wellness in American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Discusses programs designed to incorporate Native cultural beliefs into healthy eating practices and fitness regimens that support physical well-being.
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Association of American Indian Physicians
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Magnolia Regional Medical Center Excels as a Hospital in Transition
Documents Magnolia Regional Medical Center's (MRMC) top accomplishments after participating in the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) project and completing a financial operational assessment (FOA). Major areas of improvement include net income, net patient revenue, days cash on hand, swing bed utilization, and overall quality ratings.
Additional links: One-Page Summary
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Network Spotlight: Southeast Texas Health System
Provides an overview of the Southeast Texas Health System (SETHS) through an interview with its executive director, Tara Dilley. Based in Weimar, Texas, SETHS is a nonprofit health collaborative network that specializes in managed care contracting for rural providers. The interview covers SETHS' network characteristics, lessons learned, accomplishments, and ongoing challenges.
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Medical Center Barbour Reduces Readmission Rates
Highlights the accomplishments of Medical Center Barbour (MCB), a prospective payment system (PPS) hospital located in Eufaula, Alabama, as it progressed through a Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) quality of care and transition of care project. MCB's top accomplishments include reducing readmissions, improving communication among staff and patients, and enhancing the discharge process.
Additional links: One-Page Summary
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Network Spotlight: Rural Health Network of Oklahoma
Describes the Rural Health Network of Oklahoma (RHNOK) through an interview with the program's Executive Director, Stacie Pace, and Chief Information Officer, Josh Braziel. Focuses on RHNOK's characteristics, key lessons learned, accomplishments, and challenges as it works to improve the healthcare system and overall health of rural Oklahoma.
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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After Hospital Closure: Pursuing High Performance Rural Health Systems without Inpatient Care
Describes ways for rural communities to develop optimal healthcare delivery systems after a local hospital closure. Features 3 case studies from Arizona, Michigan, and Illinois. Includes tables showing options currently available under federal and state laws, and policies under consideration.
Author(s): Keith J. Mueller, Charlie Alfero, Andrew F. Coburn, et al.
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute Rural Health Panel
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Aroostook Band of Micmacs Monitor Atmospheric Mercury
Details a project developed by the Aroostook Band of Micmacs to monitor atmospheric mercury in an attempt to protect a crucial food source traditionally utilized by the tribe. Discusses the tribe's partnership with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Atmospheric Deposition Program (NADP).
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Native Americans
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Tonkawa Tribe Develops Water Resource Plan
Presents the Tonkawa Tribe of Indians of Oklahoma's water resource plan and tribal water regulatory system. Details the tribe's collaboration with U.S. Corp of Engineers and reference to treaties regarding water rights to develop a set of water quality codes and 2 strategic water and pollution management plans.
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Native Americans
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Rural Promising Practice Issue Brief: Interdisciplinary Clinical Video - Telehealth for Geriatrics and Dementia
Highlights the development, implementation, and evaluation of an interdisciplinary telehealth program designed to help caregivers provide coordinated care for aging rural veterans suffering from dementia. Discusses the interdisciplinary team model comprised of social workers, geriatricians, primary care providers, and rural caregivers coordinating to maintain a uniform level of care. Includes outcomes regarding the increase of access to education and caregiver support, as well as the ability of providers to prescribe medication to rural patients.
Additional links: Overview
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration's Office of Rural Health
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Network Spotlight: Northeast Oregon Network (NEON)
Highlights a conversation with Lisa Ladendorff, executive director of the Northeast Oregon Network (NEON). NEON is nonprofit health collaborative serving five rural and frontier counties in eastern Oregon, focused on improving health outcomes for all residents in the region. Discussion includes challenges faced, past successes, advice for developing rural health networks, and more.
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Lessons Learned: A Rural Case Study - Challenges Increasing Access to Dental Care Among Rural Veterans
Details the referral process initiated by the Grand Island Dental Outpatient Team in Nebraska for rural veterans who are ineligible for VA dental coverage to receive basic treatment from community dentists. Discusses some of the challenges to designing and implementing the program, such as establishing new partnerships with local dentists, adhering to a sustainable staffing plan, and pursuing data collection and analysis for measuring outcomes, among other factors.
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration's Office of Rural Health
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Network Spotlight: Northwest Rural Health Network
Presents information from an interview with Jac Davies, executive director of the Northwest Rural Health Network based in Spokane, Washington. The Northwest Rural Health Network supports its members by sharing information and promoting efficient models of integrated care. Discussion covers member benefits, challenges faced, advantages of working in a rural environment, advice for developing rural health networks, and more.
Date: 04/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Monroe County Hospital Achieving Outcomes
Examines the gains made by Monroe County Hospital (MCH), located in Monroeville, Alabama, as part of the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) project. During the project, the 35-bed prospective payment system (PPS) hospital focused on improving patient education and transitions of care, integrating pharmacists, implementing bedside reporting, and reducing readmission rates. The changes have resulted in improved community engagement and prepared MCH for value-based purchasing.
Additional links: One-Page Summary
Date: 04/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Network Spotlight: Affiliated Service Providers of Indiana (ASPIN)
Highlights an interview with Kathy Cook, CEO and President of the Affiliated Service Providers of Indiana (ASPIN). ASPIN is a network of community health centers and addiction providers serving rural areas of Indiana. Interview focuses on sharing information about the network's characteristics, challenges faced, accomplishments, lessons learned, recommendations for other networks, and more.
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Madison County Memorial Hospital: Making the Most of FOA
Documents Madison County Memorial Hospital's (MCMH) successes from participating in the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) project. Top accomplishments include improving relationships with the community and other providers, improving business office operations and leadership development, developing outpatient rehab services, and improving transitions of care. MCMH is a 25-bed, nonprofit Critical Access Hospital located in Madison, Florida.
Additional links: One-Page Summary
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Global Budget Process as an Alternative Payment Model
Analyzes the all-payer hospital rate-setting system of McCready Health in rural Maryland. Discusses the Total Patient Revenue (TPR) system and corresponding essential functions such as rate setting, strategic planning, and care coordination.
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Network Spotlight: Appalachian Kentucky Health Care Access Network
Explores various aspects of the Appalachian Kentucky Health Care Access Network (AKHCAN) through an interview with Project Director Jan Chamness, and Project Manager Gina Brien. The AKHCAN is a grant-funded network that seeks to increase and improve healthcare access for all low-income, uninsured, and underinsured populations living in rural Kentucky through the use of community health workers (CHWs).
Date: 02/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Russell County Hospital Aligning for Future Success
Details the improvements made by Russell County Hospital (RCH), a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in Russell Springs, Kentucky, as part of the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) project. Major accomplishments include expanding primary care and surgery services, developing a strategic plan, establishing and monitoring quality indicators, and optimizing participation in the 340B Drug Pricing Program. RCH is also working with the community and the media to promote their quality scores, which are consistently high.
Additional links: One-Page Summary
Date: 02/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Network Spotlight: Foothills Health Network
Provides an overview of the Foothills Health Network in Polk County, North Carolina, through an interview with network coordinator, Michele Trofatter. The Foothills Health Network works to improve the health of people living in Polk County by increasing access to care, particularly within the low-income and uninsured populations. Interview covers challenges faced, successes, lessons learned, network characteristics, recommendations, and more.
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Delta Health Alliance: Delta Futures Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program
Describes a program promoting evidence-based, medically accurate public school curricula scheduled to be implemented in all 18 Mississippi Delta rural counties.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Office of Adolescent Health, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
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Stem the Tide: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic
Presents a report on various methods hospitals and health systems can use to address the opioid epidemic. Discusses non-opioid pain management, prescribing practices, and treatment for substance use disorders, among other topics. Highlights several rural programs in the Case Examples sections.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Compendium of Rural Oral Health Best Practices
Presents examples of the best practices in rural oral healthcare across the country. Looks at programs in 10 different states, including program purpose, summary, effectiveness, and funding source.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Considering Culture: Building the Best Evidence-Based Practices for Children of Color
A case study examining how culture impacts the effectiveness of evidence-based practices in communities of color, suggestions for how that efficacy may be improved, and options beyond the traditional programs that are proving to be valuable for the children in those communities. A specific discussion (pages 6-7) of the Strong African American Families (SAAF) program in Georgia gives a rural perspective to the issue.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Annie E. Casey Foundation
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2017 Impact Report: Measuring the Economic and Human Impact of Nonprofit Organizations in Rural America
Highlights key federal programs that support affordable housing and community infrastructure, including water and wastewater disposal. Features 23 successful rural housing programs, describing their work and impact, including health-related improvements and services.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Housing Coalition
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Network Spotlight: Community Care Alliance
Describes key aspects of the Grand Junction, Colorado based Community Care Alliance (CCA) through an interview with CCA's Director of Operations and Vice President of Outreach and Communications for CCA's parent organization, the Western Healthcare Alliance (WHA). CCA's primary function is to help member organizations prepare for healthcare transformation, particularly in the areas of Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).
Date: 12/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Case Studies of 6 Teledentistry Programs: Strategies to Increase Access to General and Specialty Dental Services
Describes the delivery of teledentistry services by six provider organizations with different organizational structures. Discusses teledentistry as a method for improving rural access to oral health services. Identifies common themes, including the benefits of and barriers to teledentistry.
Additional links: Policy Brief
Author(s): Margaret Langelier, Carol Rodat, Jean Moore
Date: 12/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Workforce Studies
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Supporting the Development of Young Children in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities Who Are Affected by Alcohol and Substance Exposure
Policy statement providing recommendations that promote the early development of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children who have been exposed to alcohol and substance abuse during pregnancy or early childhood. Discusses best practices and reviews promising strategies that tribal early childhood programs can use to support children's development and wellness. Also points out health disparities that exist between tribes and the general U.S. population, and uses case studies to show where success has been achieved in reducing the destructive effects of substance abuse.
Date: 12/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Rural Promising Practice Issue Brief: Using Clinical Video Telehealth to Provide Comprehensive Care to Rural Veterans with Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Presents a report on the VHA's use of video telehealth in clinical settings to provide access to treatment for rural veterans with Multiple Sclerosis (MS). Discusses implementation strategies and the roles of neurologists, physical therapists, and telehealth support staff.
Additional links: Overview
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration's Office of Rural Health
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Rural Promising Practice Issue Brief: Remote, Telephone-Based Delivery of Cardiac Rehabilitation
Presents a model from the VHA that uses telemedicine to provide cardiac rehabilitation to rural veterans. Highlights the three phases of the program that facilitate patient rehabilitation from hospitalization to regular check ups.
Additional links: Overview
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration's Office of Rural Health
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Network Spotlight: Palmetto Care Connections
Presents highlights from an interview with Kathy Schwarting, executive director of Palmetto Care Connections in Fairfax, South Carolina. Focuses on Palmetto Care Connections' network characteristics, lessons learned, accomplishments, and ongoing challenges as it works to facilitate healthcare across South Carolina through the use of telehealth.
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Rural Promising Practice Issue Brief: Training Community Clergy Partners to Increase Access to Care for Rural Veterans
Presents a toolkit and web-based module for the development, implementation, and evaluation of a mental health training program for clergy to help rural veterans. Discusses in-person and web-based training methods implemented in the pilot program. Includes outcomes regarding the increase of access to mental healthcare and clinical impact for rural veterans, among other factors.
Additional links: Overview
Author(s): James Goalder, Kristen Wing, Eric Crawford, Keith Ethridge
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration's Office of Rural Health
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Innovations in Rural Health System Development: Recruiting and Retaining Maine’s Health Care Workforce
Illustrates examples of rural-focused medical education programs to support an adequate supply of physicians in rural Maine. Also, discusses behavioral and oral health workforce development, and promising programs utilizing other types of healthcare workers such as community paramedics and community health workers (CHWs) to increase the availability and accessibility of healthcare in rural Maine and in other rural regions of the U.S.
Author(s): Amanda Burgess, Andrew Coburn
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Maine Health Access Foundation, Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Innovations in Rural Health System Development: Governance
A discussion about the need for collaboration between healthcare facilities and their communities, including ideas for new approaches to governance to help make these transitions happen. Provides examples of hospital/health system collaborations and population health programs.
Author(s): Sara Kahn-Troster, Andrew Coburn
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Maine Health Access Foundation, Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Innovations in Rural Health System Development: Maine’s Behavioral Health Services
Illustrates examples of the provision of treatment for mental health and/or substance use disorders in rural Maine that address the challenges in access to behavioral health treatment. Also, discusses the use of care coordination, telehealth, and partnerships with law enforcement as promising strategies for successful treatment in rural areas.
Author(s): Amanda Burgess, Andrew Coburn
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Maine Health Access Foundation, Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Innovations in Rural Health System Development: Moving Rural Health Systems to Value-Based Payment
Offers examples of rural health system transformation models and strategies from Maine and other regions of the U.S. to assist rural communities in moving forward with value-based payment systems.
Author(s): Sara Kahn-Troster, Andrew Coburn
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Maine Health Access Foundation, Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Innovations in Rural Health System Development: Service Delivery Advances in Care Coordination, Emergency Care, and Telehealth
Offers examples of emergency services, telehealth technology, and care coordination initiatives with a focus on Maine, and how they impact rural service delivery and safeguard rural access to critical health services.
Author(s): Amanda Burgess, Andrew Coburn
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Maine Health Access Foundation, Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Network Spotlight: North Coast Clinics Network
Highlights the Eureka, California based North Coast Clinics Network (NCCN), which works to improve efficiency and quality of care across its Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) members. Covers NCCN's characteristics, lessons learned, accomplishments, and challenges faced through an interview with Director of Education and Innovation, Trisha Cooke, and Executive Director, Tim Rine.
Date: 10/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Union General Hospital "It's a Girl Thing: Making Proud Choices"
Outlines Union General Hospital's "It's a Girl Thing: Making Proud Choices" program, which seeks to curb sexually transmitted diseases and teenage pregnancy in Farmerville, Louisiana. The program focuses on educating high school girls on topics such as self-esteem, dating and violence, finances, the consequences of teen pregnancy, and more. Also includes a brief discussion with one of the program developers.
Date: 10/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Network Spotlight: Safetyweb Network
Provides an overview of the Safetyweb Network through an interview with network director, Mike Rust. The Safetyweb Network is a Balsam Lake, Wisconsin based network that focuses primarily on providing health benefits counseling services to residents in Polk County, Wisconsin. Interview topics include network characteristics, lessons learned, accomplishments, and challenges.
Date: 09/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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North Sunflower Medical Center Successfully Addressing Chronic Care Management
Documents North Sunflower Medical Center's (NSMC) progress as part of the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) project, particularly in the areas of discharge planning and follow-up, placing patients in the correct level of care, and chronic disease management. NSMC is a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in Ruleville, Mississippi.
Date: 09/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Network Spotlight: North Country Health Consortium
Details a conversation with Nancy Frank, Executive Director of Littleton, New Hampshire based North Country Health Consortium (NCHC). NCHC is a broad-based rural network of health and human services providers working in the areas of public health, emergency preparedness, AHEC services, and more. Interview focuses on NCHC's network characteristics, lessons learned, accomplishments, and challenges.
Date: 08/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Marcum & Wallace Memorial Hospital Successfully Impacts Project Outcomes
Highlights Marcum and Wallace Memorial Hospital's progress as they worked through the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) project in 2015. By participating in the SRHT project, Marcum & Wallace was able to make significant improvements to emergency department operations, swing bed services, 340B usage, and more.
Date: 08/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Project ECHO’s Complex Care Initiative: Building Capacity to Help "Superutilizers" in Underserved Communities
Case study of the University of New Mexico’s Project ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes) program, which uses telehealth to support primary care clinicians in underserved areas. Focuses on a project targeting Medicaid beneficiaries with substance abuse and mental health issues, with details on two primary care teams being supported, including one in a rural New Mexico community.
Author(s): Martha Hostetter, Sarah Klein, Douglas McCarthy
Date: 08/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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Network Spotlight: Santa Cruz County Adolescent Wellness Network
Explores various aspects of the Nogales, Arizona based Santa Cruz Adolescent Wellness Network (AWN) through an interview with network director, Cassalyn David. AWN is a group of local agencies that work together in a dynamic, collaborative manner to improve the health and wellness of area adolescents. Interview covers AWN's network characteristics, lessons learned, accomplishments, and challenges.
Date: 07/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Health Outside Hospital Walls
Outlines how Chadron Community Hospital and Health Services (CCHHS) in Chadron, Nebraska, is leveraging the changing healthcare environment to prioritize population health and fill needed service gaps within the community. As part of the focus on overall community health, CCHHS took leadership in an assisted living facility, funded a large scholarship fund to help cultivate a skilled local workforce, and assumed management of the community action agency.
Date: 07/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Planning for Transportation Together: Collaborating to Address Transportation and Economic Resilience
This report expands on the definition of economic development in transportation, and provides case studies demonstrating how state agencies, regional and rural planning and development organizations can work together to develop transportation facilities, infrastructure, and services to create jobs, improve access to employment, education, and community services including healthcare.
Author(s): Carrie Kissel, Brett Schwartz, Sara James, Susan Dyer
Date: 07/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Development Organizations
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Network Spotlight: Mountain Health Alliance
Highlights the Cumberland, Maryland based Mountain Health Alliance (MHA), which works to advance a culture of health within the region's rural communities through collaboration and community engagement. Covers MHA's network characteristics, lessons learned, accomplishments, and challenges faced through an interview with network director, Kimi-Scott McGreevy. MHA serves the uninsured, underinsured, and low-income populations in a three-state (PA, MD, WV), five-county region.
Date: 06/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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The Reverend’s Revolution: A Kid-First Approach to Community Health
Features the work of Reverend Richard Joyner and the Conetoe Family Life Center, a North Carolina nonprofit focused on youth development and improving community health.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 06/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Pender Community Hospital Surpassing Project Goals
Explains how Pender Community Hospital (PCH), a 21 bed Critical Access Hospital located in Pender, Nebraska, improved its financial and operational performance through the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project. Areas of focus include relocating the clinic, enhancing retail pharmacy and swing bed services, increasing marketing efforts, and restructuring therapy programs.
Date: 05/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Proactively Pursuing Value-Based Payment
Profile of a program developed at a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) located in rural Washington that is transitioning from volume- to value-based care. The CEO of the hospital is working with payers to design a value-based payment contract that will help the facility fund the continued transition to value-based care and hopes to create a payment model that other CAHs in the state can adopt.
Date: 05/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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15 Million Kids in Health Care Deserts: Can Telehealth Make a Difference?
Highlights the problems with access to healthcare for children of vulnerable populations living in rural and poverty stricken areas, and discusses how telehealth can be implemented to overcome these barriers. Describes several case studies including a rural school-based telehealth program as a method for improving access to healthcare services to children.
Author(s): Dale Alverson, Julie Hall-Barrow, Denise M. Dion, et al.
Date: 04/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Children's Health Fund
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Chicot Memorial Medical Center Utilizes SRHT Project to Prepare for the Future
Highlights the successes and lessons learned from a Financial Operational Assessment (FOA) performed by Chicot Memorial Medical Center (CMMC), a Critical Access Hospital, in Lake Village, Arkansas. The FOA was completed as part of the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project.
Date: 04/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Spotlight on Cibola General Hospital
Highlights Cibola General Hospital (CGH), a 25 bed Critical Access Hospital located in Grants, New Mexico. Examines the progress CGH has made working to improve quality of care and transitions of care as part of the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project.
Date: 02/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Case Studies of 8 Federally Qualified Health Centers: Strategies to Integrate Oral Health with Primary Care
Results of a study conducted between February and July 2015, examining the most effective workforce models, describing delivery of oral health services, and identifying barriers and facilitators of integrating primary care and oral health services in urban and rural Federally Qualified Health Centers.
Author(s): Margaret Langelier, Jean Moore, Bridget Baker, Elizabeth Mertz
Date: 09/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oral Health Workforce Research Center
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A Participatory Regional Partnership Approach to Promote Nutrition and Physical Activity Through Environmental and Policy Change in Rural Missouri
A case study of Healthier Missouri Communities (Healthier MO), a community-based research project in 12 counties in rural southeast Missouri. Describes a group process to identify and select promising evidence-based interventions to promote nutrition and physical activity.
Author(s): Ellen K. Barnidge, Elizabeth A. Baker, Amy Estlund, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 12
Date: 06/2015
Type: Document
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Healthy Clinic Program Helps Colorado Rural Clinics Build Stronger Foundations
Profiles the Healthy Clinic Assessment (HCA) program in Colorado, which assists rural clinics in strengthening their foundations, and improving operations and quality.
Author(s): Jami Schumacher
Citation: Rural Monitor, 2015(Winter)
Date: 02/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Community-Wide Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Programs and Health Outcomes in a Rural County, 1970-2010.
Describes key elements and outcomes of programs targeting hypertension, cholesterol, and smoking, as implemented in Franklin County, Maine over a 40 year period. Includes statistics with breakdowns by demographics, risk factor reductions, hospitalization rates, and mortality rates, with comparisons between Franklin County and other Maine counties.
Author(s): N. Burgess Record, Daniel K. Onion, Roderick E. Prior, et al.
Citation: The Journal of the American Medical Association, 313(2), 147-155
Date: 01/2015
Type: Document
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Rural Health Networks and New Forms of Governance
Profiles Wilderness Health, a formal network of rural and urban independent hospitals in Minnesota focused on performance improvement. The network participates in the Integrated Health Partnership, Minnesota’s Medicaid Accountable Care Organization (ACO) model.
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Rural Accountable Care Organization Care Coordination
Profile of the MaineHealth Accountable Care Organization (MHACO), which uses regional teams to provide care coordination to patients with complex medical profiles.
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Investing in Population Health
Profile of a pilot project in rural New Mexico focused on population health for Medicaid recipients. Offers communities three levels of patient services and payment. Uses community health workers to address the social determinants of health.
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Rural Healthy People 2020: A Companion Document to Healthy People 2020, Volume 1
Provides a rural focus for the Healthy People 2020 priorities. Includes overviews of the top 10 rural health priority areas identified by rural stakeholders. (Volume 2 discusses priorities 11-20.) Topics addressed include: health insurance, primary care, emergency services, nutrition and weight status, diabetes, mental health, substance abuse, heart disease and stroke, physical activity, older adults, maternal and child health, and tobacco use. Each overview includes reviews of the relevant literature and models that rural communities can use to address the issues. Document is available for free download, after providing brief information about intended use.
Author(s): Jane N. Bolin, Gail Bellamy, Alva O. Ferdinand, Bita Kash, Janet W. Helduser
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Southwest Rural Health Research Center
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Rural Communities: Best Practices and Promising Approaches for Safe Routes
Discusses the barriers to safe walking and biking to school in some rural communities. Describes how to successfully implement the Safe Routes to School approach in rural areas, with examples of successful programs.
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
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A Community-Based, Culturally Relevant Intervention to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity among Middle-Aged African American Women in Rural Alabama: Findings from a Group Randomized Controlled Trial
Examines a community-based, culturally relevant intervention to promote healthy eating and physical activity among African American women between the ages of 45-65 living in rural Alabama. Includes study participant demographic data at the starting baseline and a 24 month follow up. Covers healthy lifestyle data at the starting baseline, 12 month, and 24 month follow up for dietary and physical activity measures.
Author(s): Isabel C. Scarinci, Artisha Moore, Theresa Wynn, et al.
Citation: Preventive Medicine, 69, 13-20
Date: 12/2014
Type: Document
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Cultivating a Competitive Advantage: How Rural Counties Are Growing Economies with Local Assets and Regional Partners
Case studies of rural counties using creative methods to improve their economies. Includes examples that involve the healthcare sector and address issues that impact health.
Date: 11/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Counties
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Transforming the Workforce to Provide Better Care: The Role of Obstetric Nurse Coordinators in North Carolina
A case study describing how nurses are helping improve prenatal care for high-risk pregnant women via North Carolina's statewide Medicaid Pregnancy Medical Home (PMH) program. Includes a section on support for rural practices participating in the PMH program.
Author(s): Mary Takach, Rachel Yalowich
Date: 09/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: AARP Public Policy Institute, National Academy for State Health Policy
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Rural Patient Centered Medical Homes Achieve New Standards
Features Crete Area Medical Center Physicians’ Clinic and Ammonoosuc Community Health Services, which are among the very few rural safety net providers that have achieved Level 3 patient centered medical home (PCMH) recognition.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Adapting and Implementing an Evidence-Based Sun-Safety Education Program in Rural Idaho, 2012
Describes the process St. Luke’s Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI) took to engage and partner with a community organization to implement an evidence-based sun-safety program in rural Idaho. Includes information on identifying and recruiting a community partner, selecting an evidence-based program, planning, implementing, sustaining, and expanding the program.
Author(s): Charlene Cariou, Melanie Gonzales, Hope Krebill
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 11
Date: 05/2014
Type: Document
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Greenhouse Nurtures Confidence and Skills in Montana Psychiatric Patients
Healing Waters Greenhouse at Montana State Hospital helps patients increase social and work skills and decrease stress.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Date: 05/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Telecommunications: Projects and Policies Related to Deploying Broadband in Unserved and Underserved Areas
Shares options for broadband deployment in unserved and underserved areas. Identifies alternative approaches to expanding rural broadband and factors to consider when planning a broadband project. Identifies economic, legal, and policy issues. Describes FCC efforts to foster broadband deployment in unserved areas. Appendix includes brief case studies.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 04/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Rural Hospital System Transformation
Discusses how Mercy Health Network, a group of 28 hospitals in rural Iowa, improved system-wide performance by implementing a Lean methodology. Focuses on learning from outside the healthcare industry, identifying the appropriate leaders, and utilizing innovative approaches to do more with less.
Date: 03/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Small Idaho Hospital Achieves “Most Wired” Status
Reports on Syringa Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) located in Grangeville, Idaho, that was recognized as a national leader in adopting information technology, earning the "Most Wired" status from the American Hospital Association.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor, 2014(Winter)
Date: 02/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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New Jersey Clinic Promotes Healthy Lifestyles
Profiles the lifestyle and weight management counseling program at a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in rural New Jersey.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor, 2014(Winter)
Date: 02/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Assessing the Feasibility of a Virtual Tumor Board Program: A Case Study
Examines the feasibility of a Virtual Tumor Board (VTB) Program connecting rural community-based clinicians to the University of North Carolina Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center (UNC LCCC) tumor board. Analyzes the individual clinical participants to explore their experiences with the VTB. Includes a summary of data collection methods, coding of interview data, and UNC tumor board participant survey results.
Author(s): Christopher M. Shea, Randall Teal, Lindsey Haynes-Maslow, et al.
Citation: Journal of Healthcare Management, 59(3), 177-193
Date: 2014
Type: Document
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Childhood Obesity Prevention Strategies for Rural Communities
Addresses childhood obesity in rural communities including common themes and lessons learned, the role of early care, education, and out-of-school time in obesity prevention. Also provides examples of community initiatives and recommendations to policymakers for preventing obesity.
Date: 2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Nemours Foundation
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Bridging the Digital Divide in Dunn County, Wisconsin: A Case Study of NPO use of ICT
A case study of a program in rural Wisconsin that used AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers to train human service agency staff in the use of technology as a tool for outreach. Discusses needs identified and technologies addressed by the program, including social media and web presence.
Author(s): Elizabeth Bogner, Kevin W. Tharp, Mary McManus
Citation: Journal of Community Informatics, 10(1)
Date: 2014
Type: Document
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Promising Approaches to Integrating Community Health Workers into Health Systems: Four Case Studies
Identifies the scope of practice, supervision, financing, and the workforce standards implemented by states and employers in the development of community health worker (CHW) programs. Four case studies that include rural counties illustrate the challenges and opportunities for integrating CHWs into health systems.
Author(s): Lauren Eyster, Randall R. Bovbjerg
Date: 12/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Urban Institute
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Case Studies of Regional Extension Centers Serving Rural Practices: Minnesota and North Dakota
Presents a case study focusing on the HIT Regional Extension Center (REC) serving North Dakota and Minnesota (the Regional Extension Assistance Center for HIT, or REACH) and its experience working with rural physician practices in the two states.
Author(s): Michelle Casey, Ira Moscovice, Alex McEllistrem-Evenson
Date: 11/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Case Studies of Regional Extension Centers Serving Rural Practices: North Carolina
Presents a case study focusing on the North Carolina HIT Regional Extension Center (REC) and its experience working with rural physician practices in the state.
Author(s): Michelle Casey, Ira Moscovice, Alex McEllistrem-Evenson
Date: 11/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Network Dispenses Hope, Prescription Drugs to Low-Income Patients
Highlights the Dispensary of Hope which distributes donated surplus medications to its national network of licensed nonprofit clinics and charitable outpatient pharmacies.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor, 2013(Fall)
Date: 11/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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A Rural Accountable Care Organization
Profiles the South East Rural Physicians Alliance Accountable Care Organization (SERPA‐ACO), a physician-led ACO serving rural Nebraska. Includes information on how and why the clinics came together to form an ACO.
Date: 09/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Rural Service Delivery Integration and Patient Engagement
Profile of Aligning Forces Humboldt, a care coordination and patient engagement initiative in rural Humboldt County, California. The initiative focuses on patient engagement, reduction of unnecessary surgery, and care management for frequent users of the emergency department.
Date: 09/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Screening Tennessee Women From Top to Bottom
Highlights a women’s health event started by Darryl Adams, NP, in Grundy County, which is getting more women screened for breast and cervical cancer.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Florida Arts Initiative Improves Well-being of Patients and Communities
Features the Arts in Healthcare for Rural Communities initiative, which brings art and dance to patients and communities in the Florida Panhandle.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Continuous and Team-Based Healing Relationships Implementation Guide: Transforming Safety Net Clinics into Patient-Centered Medical Homes
Presents the eight Change Concepts for Practice Transformation (Change Concepts), defined as general ideas for steps leading to improvement. Includes a case study from a community health center network in rural Idaho.
Date: 05/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Qualis Health
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Compendium of Rural Best Practices/Models Innovations to Strengthen Rural Health Care: Technology, Quality Improvement, Collaboration, and Training
Summarizes innovative programs occurring in rural areas, featuring a medical home model, a Lean/Six Sigma hospital program, a community health center telehealth program, and a statewide behavioral health network.
Date: 2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Smokers Butt Out in Iowa County
High schoolers in Iowa’s Ringgold County successfully campaigned to ban smoking from public parks, bringing new awareness to the prevalence of tobacco use there.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor, 2012(Fall)
Date: 11/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Summer Program Gives Students Experience in Rural Illinois Hospitals
Summer preceptorships are giving health professions students the opportunity to practice their skills and solve real-world problems.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor, 2012(Fall)
Date: 11/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Center Inspires Active Living in New Hampshire Communities
Features the Center for Active Living and Healthy Communities (CfALHC) in New Hampshire, which includes a senior center exercise program, a foot race fundraiser, and a community garden.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Phones Enable Smart Wound Care in Rural Areas
Features nurses in rural Pennsylvania, who can use their smart phones to send images for diagnosis without the patients having to leave their homes. Features Center of Excellence for Remote and Medically Under-Served Areas (CERMUSA) in Loretto, PA, and Home Nursing Agency (HNA) in Altoona, PA.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Collaborative Leadership: Partnerships Between Regional Development Organizations and Community Foundations
Explores the strategies and rewards behind eight partnerships between community foundations and rural development organizations in Alabama, Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina, Virginia, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Texas. The Alabama example includes a community health project.
Author(s): Parrish Bergquist, Kathy Nothstine, Anju Chopra
Date: 07/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Development Organizations
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Results of the Community Facilities Program FY 2009-2011
Describes projects that were funded through USDA Rural Development's Community Facilities Program, which supports essential infrastructure and services for public use (including healthcare, education, public safety, and public services) in rural areas of 20,000 in population or less. Projects were granted in every state, plus Puerto Rico, the Federated States of Micronesia, Guam, and American Samoa.
Date: 06/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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Local Programs Help Patients Navigate Medical Care
A look at patient navigator programs in four states: a statewide program in Georgia, a program in Kentucky for cervical cancer patients, a promotores program in Texas for chronic conditions, and a coordinated care program for cancer patients in Vermont.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor, 2012(Spring)
Date: 05/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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The Dynamics of Sustainability: A Primer for Rural Health Organizations
Provides information and case studies on sustainability for rural organizations that are starting new programs.
Date: 02/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Marshfield Telehealth Program Reaches Rural Kidney Patients in Northern Wisconsin
Highlights a renal disease telehealth program in Wisconsin, which is serving low-income nursing home residents as well as patients who can travel to their local clinic for Telehealth services.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor, 2012(Winter)
Date: 02/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Network Brings Better, More Efficient Care to Cardiac Patients in 68 Counties
Highlights the Saint Thomas Chest Pain Network in Tennessee and Kentucky, which is proving that moving patients into and through a system quickly and efficiently is critical to saving lives.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor, 2012(Winter)
Date: 02/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Profiles of Innovative Rural Vanpool Programs
Collection of success stories profiling innovative rural vanpool programs, which provide workers with a dependable ride to work.
Date: 01/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Community Transportation Association of America
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Mobile EMS Lab Improves Critical Care in Nevada's High Desert
Highlights Humboldt General Hospital Emergency Medical Services (HGH-EMS), in Nevada, which is taking ultrasound and lab out in the field to improve patient outcomes in rural areas.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor, 2011(Fall)
Date: 11/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Rural Behavioral Health Programs and Promising Practices
Examines rural behavioral health programs that were involved in a 2008 study. Reports information gathered from the study, the value of collecting and using the data to make program improvements, and finding funding for sustainability.
Date: 06/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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The Rockcastle Project: A Case Study of Interprofessional Clinical Education and Practice in a Rural Medical Center
Describes a pilot project regarding an interprofessional, evidence-based learning experience for students in three disciplines during a four week period in a rural hospital in Kentucky.
Author(s): Dana Howell, Lynn English, Judith Page
Citation: Internet Journal of Allied Health Sciences and Practice, 9(2)
Date: 04/2011
Type: Document
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Olympic Physicians Case Study: Rural Health IT: Clinic in Washington State Uses EHR System to Improve Care Coordination
Describes how physicians in Olympic, WA developed an EHR system to improve patient care coordination within the rural health IT setting’s local referral network.
Date: 2011
Type: Document
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Compendium of Rural Best Practices/Models: Communities Along the Border, Including Practices in Clinical Setting
Represents NRHA's Border Health Initiative's activities to encourage the development of quality healthcare services for rural populations along the U.S.-Mexico border. Compendium highlights communities along the border with models that can be built upon and can be used by federal agencies, state and local health agencies, and health-related agencies for setting priorities for rural border communities.
Date: 12/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Compendium of Rural Best Practices/Models, Innovations to Strengthen Rural Health Care: Technology, Training and Workforce Development
Describes innovative programs that are working to help federal, state, and local health and health-related agencies set priorities for rural technology, training, and workforce development.
Date: 09/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Using Health IT: Eight Quality Improvement Stories
Highlights health information technology (HIT) successes, including rural projects funded by the Transforming Healthcare Quality through Information Technology (THQIT) program.
Author(s): Melanie Au, Suzanne Felt-Lisk, Grace Anglin, Andrew Clarkwest
Date: 09/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Outside the Box: Case Studies in Creative Clinic Design
Examines the need for and role of well-conceived facilities within the safety net system. Highlights two rural California clinics that used outside-the-box thinking to create buildings that support new models of care.
Author(s): Dana Dubbs
Date: 06/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: California Health Care Foundation
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Improving Access to Care for Medically Underserved Californians: Securing Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) Designations
Describes an initiative to increase healthcare provider capacity in medically underserved areas throughout the service areas of the North Coast Clinics Network (NCCN) made up of four Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and one community clinic. Discusses issues recruiting healthcare providers to rural areas.
Author(s): Annette L. Gardner, Tina Tvedt
Date: 01/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: California Endowment
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Compendium of Rural Best Practices/Models Innovations to Strengthen Rural Health Care: Technology, Training and Workforce Development
Summarizes innovative programs occurring in rural areas, featuring a recruitment and retention network and other models focusing on workforce education and training for behavioral and mental health, transportation, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), and chronic disease management.
Date: 2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Paducah, KY, Women's Center Brings Urban Services to Rural Areas
Profiles a patient-centered women's health facility which serves a high proportion of rural clientele. Highlights the center's emphasis on comprehensive, high-quality diagnostic services and prompt treatment for all who need it, regardless of ability to pay.
Author(s): Pamela Schaeffer
Citation: Health Progress, 91(5)
Date: 2010
Type: Document
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The Little Hospital That Could: Lakewood Helps Power a Region
Profile of a northern Minnesota Critical Access Hospital, highlighting its support of community initiatives such as a downtown beautification project, occupational development program, and community garden. Hospital includes a family practice clinic, 24-hour emergency room, departments of home health care and public health, hospice program, diabetes resource center, assisted living, and long-term care for the elderly.
Author(s): Pamela Schaeffer
Citation: Health Progress, 91(5)
Date: 2010
Type: Document
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From Hospitals to Healthcare Coalitions: Transforming Health Preparedness and Response in Our Communities
Summarizes progress that states and hospitals, along with the public health and emergency management communities, made from 2007-2009 in the Hospital Preparedness Program (HPP). Serves as a guide in healthcare preparedness and response successful models and as an educational tool for legislators, funding recipients and other key stakeholders. Mentions rural throughout.
Date: 2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Healthy Indian Country Initiative Promising Prevention Practices Resource Guide: Promoting Innovative Tribal Prevention Programs
Describes promising prevention programs in Indian Country. Includes an overview of identifying, developing, and looking at tribal community promising prevention practices with the goal of communities being able to replicate these practices.
Date: 12/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Indian Health Board
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Case Study: Project ECHO Expands Access to Specialty Care for Rural Patients
A project in New Mexico that uses telemedicine, case-based learning, and disease management techniques to expand access to care for patients with hepatitis C and other chronic, complex conditions.
Author(s): Martha Hostetter
Date: 12/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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Achieving Success in QIO and Rural Hospital Partnerships
Four case studies that highlight the strategies employed by Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) to help small rural hospitals implement successful quality improvement initiatives.
Author(s): Janet Pagan-Sutton, Lauren Silver, Jyoti Gupta
Date: 02/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
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Munson Medical Center: Constant Focus on Patient Satisfaction
Munson Medical Center, a large non-profit hospital serving patients in 24 primarily rural counties, was identified as providing higher patient satisfaction. Patient satisfaction was measured by the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey. Case study describes the strategies and factors that contributed to their patient care success.
Author(s): Sharon Silow-Carroll
Date: 12/2008
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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Compendium of Best Practices/Models That Work in Rural Workforce Development
Summarizes the discussion from the 2008 National Rural Health Task Fork. Highlights rural workforce programs in Alaska, Arizona, Montana, New Mexico, South Carolina, and West Virginia.
Date: 09/2008
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Disaster Recovery in Rural Communities: A Case Study of Southwest Louisiana
Provides a descriptive case study that describes the disaster recovery and rebuilding process in the three parishes in South Louisiana that were hardest hit by Hurricane Rita in 2005.
Author(s): Deborah M. Tootle
Citation: Southern Rural Sociology, 22(2), 6-27
Date: 2007
Type: Document
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Impact of Seasonal Population Variations on Frontier Communities: Maintenance of the Healthcare Infrastructure
Provides findings from three case studies of frontier communities with seasonal population variations: Skagway, Alaska; Quartzsite, Arizona; and Lake City/Hinsdale County, Colorado. Discusses the experiences of these communities in meeting the health care needs of the permanent local population and seasonal residents and visitors.
Date: 04/2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Frontier Communities
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Models for Providing Hospice Care in Rural Areas: Successes and Challenges
Describes how four different hospice models provide hospice care in rural areas, with case studies from hospices in Florida, Minnesota, Oregon, and Wisconsin. Includes data on rural and urban Medicare certified hospice services.
Author(s): Michelle M. Casey, Ira Moscovice, Beth Virnig, Sarah Kind
Date: 01/2003
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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VHA-ORH Rural Promising Practices
A compendium describing proven models of care currently implemented to improve access to care and specialty care for rural veterans and their families within their own communities. Provides clinical and operational information about these models for healthcare professionals serving rural veterans.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration's Office of Rural Health
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Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Impact Case Studies
Provides a list of successful, rural specific, case studies describing how tools and resources from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) are being used and the impact they are having at the local and national policy level, in healthcare systems, and for other professional healthcare services and providers. Case study examples are searchable by state/territory or at the national level, date, and topic.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Case Study: Health Coaches Partner with Community Members to Achieve Health and Wellness Goals
Details key steps and lessons learned to implementing a Health Coach program at Saunders Medical Center in Wahoo, Nebraska. The program is a free service available to every resident in Wahoo and its surrounding communities that educates and advocates for patients' overall health that produced positive results in four areas: mental health, breast health, diabetes, and obesity.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Tribal Members Access Care and Address Health Problems
Highlights the Coharie Health Access, Improvement and Awareness Project, established by the Coharie Indian Tribe, and designed to increase access to healthcare and promote health literacy among tribal members. Details methods of healthcare delivery and services provided over the project's two-year period.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Native Americans
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ANA Success Stories
Presents success stories of American Indian community programs that have received funding from the Administration for Native Americans. Details the tribe or community, type of program, and the needs met by the program.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Native Americans
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Pueblo of Pojoaque Energizes Local Food Economy
Describes a project begun in 2009 to improve Rio Grand Valley tribal members’ nutrition and expand the local food economy by developing a pueblo farm.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Native Americans
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Case Study: Rural Health System Partners with Local Fitness Centers and Small Businesses to Improve Workplace Wellness
Outlines Henderson Health Care Services' reaction to a 2015 community health needs assessment (CHNA) that identified fitness and nutrition as community concerns. Composed of a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) and several specialty and primary care clinics, the Henderson, Nebraska-based rural health system launched a workplace wellness program called Body @ Work. The program offers area employees reduced membership rates at participating fitness centers, wellness education, and other preventive care opportunities such as blood pressure checks at the workplace.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Case Study: Hospital Partners with Technology Provider to Engage and Connect with Community for Better Health
Shares details of a new health and life services model being implemented by Fairbury, Nebraska-based Jefferson Community Health & Life. The new model uses online tools to integrate health and life services with the goal of inspiring people to make healthier lifestyle choices. Includes information about the model's approach, key steps, results, and lessons learned.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Case Study: Hospital Partners with Local High Schools to Prepare Students for Health Care Professions
Discusses the structure and organization of Box Butte General Hospital's (BBGH) Health Professions Club, which engages local high school students in healthcare career preparation activities. Located in Alliance, Nebraska, BBGH uses the program to educate area students about healthcare careers, while simultaneously creating and recruiting a well-prepared rural healthcare workforce.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryant Health
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Case Study: Community Fitness Initiative Helps Lower Childhood Obesity Rates
Details key steps and lessons learned as community stakeholders in Lexington, Nebraska organized an initiative aimed at reducing local childhood obesity rates. Using a partnership approach, leaders at Lexington Regional Health Center were able to successfully implement a community-wide program, the Community Fitness Initiative (CFI), and significantly reduce obesity rates in area schools.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Case Study: Hospital and School District Partner for Emotional Health
Details an initiative started by leaders at Fillmore County Hospital and Fillmore Central Public Schools, located in Fillmore, Nebraska, to address behavioral health issues among the student population. Seeks to connect high risk students with specialized help and promote ongoing mental health wellness through educator, parent, and student training.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Case Study: Paramedicine Program Strengthens Rural Health Care System
Shares how leaders of Community Hospital in rural McCook, Nebraska reached their goal of reducing ambulance transports, emergency room visits, and hospital readmissions by partnering with community organizations to create the McCook Community Paramedicine program. Focuses on program approach, key steps, lessons learned, and results.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Case Study: Community Partnerships Engage Residents in Healthy Living
Explains how Merrick Medical Center in Central City, Nebraska, partnered with other community organizations to help residents improve overall health by focusing on fitness and wellness activities. Shares the approach, results, lessons learned, and more from Merrick Medical Center's campaign to reinvent preventive care in the community.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Case Study: Hospital's School-to-Work Program Aids Young Adults with Disabilities
Presents results from a Project SEARCH program, carried out by York General Health Care Services (York General), located in York, Nebraska, and several other local partners. Shares the approach, key steps, and lessons learned from York General's work with community stakeholders to prepare and transition young adults with disabilities into the healthcare workforce.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Case Study: Hospital and Fitness Center Join Forces for a Healthy Community
Highlights a partnership between Columbus Community Hospital, located in Columbus, Nebraska, and the YMCA that resulted in a number of additional or improved health and wellness services in the community, including a new fitness center. Case study shares the key steps, project successes, lessons learned, and more.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Compendium of Hospital & Community Partnerships
Outlines a number of innovative partnerships between rural hospitals and community organizations that work to expand local services, improve care quality, and reduce the cost of care in rural communities. Presents partnerships in case study format, sharing key steps, lessons learned, and project results.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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NCCDPHP Success Stories
A searchable collection of projects from the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Features projects addressing tobacco cessation, healthy eating, physical activity, and more.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Hospital Spotlights
Features small rural hospitals from across the country, highlighting how they successfully implemented best practices to improve performance and adopted transition strategies to prepare for population health.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Integrated Care in a Frontier Community
Examines the Southeast Health Group (SHG) in La Junta, Colorado, which coordinates physical and behavioral health using patient-centered, wellness-based care coordination to empower patients and promote self-directed care. Focuses on hiring providers who share SHG's philosophy of care, using community resources, and engaging peer support specialists.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Network Spotlights
Offers monthly articles highlighting Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) grantees' best practices for network development, allied health, and health information technology (HIT) workforce programs.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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FORHP Grantee Directories and Sourcebooks
A collection of directories that identify and describe Federal Office of Rural Health Policy grantees and their projects. Includes projects funded by the Rural Health Care Services Outreach, Rural Health Network Development, and Rural Health Network Development Planning Grant Programs, as well as other FORHP grant programs.
Type: Website
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AHA Case Studies and Case Examples in Innovation
A collection of case studies demonstrating community-level innovations and new models of care, payment, and health care delivery. Includes rural examples and those focused on serving vulnerable communities.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Section 242 Mortgage Insurance Success Stories
Features hospitals, including rural facilities, that have accessed capital through the HUD 242 mortgage insurance program.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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Healthy People 2020 Evidence-Based Resources
Database of evidence-based resources and information related to the Healthy People 2020 topic areas. Search by demographics, setting, type of intervention, and more.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Healthy People
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Rural Health Value: Innovations & Demonstrations
Profiles of rural health delivery and finance innovations and summaries of selected rural health demonstration programs.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Brownfields Success Stories
Features EPA-funded projects to restore areas where hazardous substances, pollutants, or contaminants were present. Includes examples of rural brownfield projects.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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What's Working in Chronic Disease Prevention and Control
A collection of programs aimed at improving the health of communities and reducing the burden of chronic disease.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Chronic Disease Directors
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Rural Community Assistance Partnership Success Stories
Examples of successful projects that have addressed rural environmental health, water systems, and waste disposal.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Community Assistance Partnership
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youth.gov Program Directory
Searchable directory of evidence-based programs to prevent and/or reduce delinquency or other problem behaviors in young people. Includes programs addressing mental health and substance abuse issues.
Type: Website
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Child Trends What Works Guide
Summarizes evaluations of programs aimed at enhancing children's development by addressing mental and physical health, education, and more. Includes programs conducted in rural areas and small towns.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Child Trends
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AHA Community Connections
Provides access to case studies spotlighting hospitals and health systems (some are in rural areas) that have successfully collaborated with local community organizations to promote care coordination, wellness, and prevention. Website also includes tools and resources to help healthcare facilities be accountable and transparent to their communities and deliver quality care.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Research-Tested Intervention Programs
A searchable database of cancer control interventions and program materials, designed to provide program planners and public health practitioners easy and immediate access to research-tested materials. Includes programs used in rural settings.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Cancer Institute
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Community Health Centers Leveraging the Social Determinants of Health
Provides an overview of how community health centers (CHCs) are working to address the social, economic, and physical conditions that impact their patients' health. Presents 10 case studies, including several rural examples, of CHCs addressing the social determinants of health.
Additional links: Full Report, 2012
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Institute for Alternative Futures
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County Health Rankings and Roadmaps
County-by-county information on health outcomes and health factors. Each county is ranked within its state. Includes data related to length of life, quality of life, clinical care, health behaviors, social and economic factors that impact health, and the physical environment. State Health Gaps reports explore differences in health among counties for each state. Also includes examples of how the rankings have been used and of effective programs and policies to improve health.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Guide to Community Preventive Services
Shares effective methods for improving population health and addressing public health issues, informed by evidence-based findings from the Community Preventive Services Task Force (CPSTF).
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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IHS Health Promotion/Disease Prevention Success Stories
A collection of best practices, promising practices, local case studies, resources, and policies concerning healthcare for Native American communities.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Indian Health Service
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Rural Community Assistance Corporation: Rural Stories
Shares stories of rural communities that came together to overcome major challenges. Project topics include infrastructure, housing, disaster relief, and more.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Community Assistance Corporation
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AHRQ Health Care Innovations Exchange
Provides access to innovations, tools, learning opportunities, and networking opportunities all designed to assist with the implementation of new and better ways of delivering healthcare.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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NACCHO Model Practices Database
Lists effective and innovative public health practices which are searchable by state, type, year, and category. Includes approaches used in rural areas.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of County and City Health Officials
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USDA Rural Development Success Stories
Collection featuring initiatives and projects made possible through USDA Rural Development funding.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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National Health Service Corps Member Stories
Stories from communities nationwide that have been served by the National Health Service Corps.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Health Service Corps
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Rural Monitor
Newsletter of the Rural Health Information Hub, with articles focused on healthcare and population health in rural communities.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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