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    Characteristics of Primary Care Physicians in Patient-centered Medical Home Practices: United States, 2013
    Describes the characteristics of primary care physicians participating in patient-centered medical home (PCMH) practices. Includes charts and graphs to help visualize the differences between PCMH practices and non-PCMH practices. Figure 2 presents data on the percentage of primary care physicians in PCMH practices, comparing them by location in metropolitan or non-metropolitan statistical area.
    Author(s): Esther Hing, Ellen Kurtzman, Denys T. Lau, Caroline Taplin, Andrew B. Bindman
    Date: 02/2017
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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    Nevada Rural and Frontier Health Data Book - Eighth Edition
    An overview of the health and healthcare in rural and frontier Nevada. Provides state and county-level data on the resident population, economic and social characteristics, insurance coverage, population health, healthcare workforce, and the healthcare delivery system.
    Author(s): Tabor Griswold, John Packham, Anastasia Gunawan, et al.
    Date: 02/2017
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: University of Nevada School of Medicine
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    Understanding the Importance of Medical Student Clerkships in Poor Health Outcome Regions Served by Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) in Impoverished Locations of Southern United States
    Highlights the importance of Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) in providing valuable community-based training for health professional students intending to work in rural or underserved areas to help them understand the factors and the barriers affecting positive health outcomes. Discusses how training or clerkships in areas such as the Southern Black Belt can bridge the gap between healthcare professionals and diverse patient populations.
    Author(s): Ashruta Patel
    Location: Archives of Public Health 75(7)
    Date: 02/2017
    Type: Document
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    Investing in Opportunity: Fiscal Year 2016 Year in Review
    Summary of the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund's achievements in 2016, increasing capital and financial services in urban, rural, and underserved areas, including funding for healthcare facilities. Features statistics on funding allocations, community investment, employment, and real estate.
    Date: 02/2017
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organizations: Community Development Financial Institutions Fund, U.S. Department of Treasury
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    Hospital Compare Quality Measure Results for CAHs, 2015
    Examines Hospital Compare data for calendar year 2015 and summarizes reporting rates and performance among all U.S. Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). Charts and graphs allow comparison of overall reporting rates and performance for specific quality measures, and state-by-state comparison of CAH reporting rates for inpatient and outpatient measures.
    Additional links: State-specific Reports
    Author(s): Michelle Casey, Tami Swenson, Alex Evenson
    Date: 02/2017
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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    Making the Most of Evolving Payment Policies to Enhance Hospital-based Care in Rural Communities
    Presentation slides from the 2017 Rural Health Care Leadership Conference that discuss the transition from volume to value for rural hospital payment and how to make the most of resources available to facilities. Includes examples of services and documents for reference as well as data and statistics surrounding Medicare Advantage and Accountable Care Organizations in rural communities.
    Author(s): Keith J. Mueller
    Date: 02/2017
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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    Disability in Rural America
    Examines differences between urban and rural impairment rates and lists impairments as defined by the American Community Survey. Features national maps showing percent of disabled population by tract, 2011-15; quality and access to clinical care by county, 2016; and county-level unemployment relative to national rate, 2016.
    Author(s): Andria Caruthers
    Date: 02/2017
    Type: Website
    Sponsoring organization: Community Commons
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    Colorado Health Foundation Makes Rural Communities a Priority: Q&A with Karen McNeil-Miller
    Karen McNeil-Miller, president and CEO of the Colorado Health Foundation, discusses how the foundation is working with rural communities in the state. Topics covered include a recent statewide Listening Tour, the use of data to focus on rural health issues, and participation in the national Rural Health Philanthropy Partnership.
    Author(s): Beth Blevins
    Location: Rural Monitor
    Date: 02/2017
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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    Early Death After Discharge From Emergency Departments: Analysis of National US Insurance Claims Data
    Report regarding the incidence of early death after release from emergency departments in the United States and what risk factors may contribute to those deaths. Compares urban and rural hospital location, with data for Critical Access Hospitals and rural non-CAHs. Includes data for rural and urban populations as well as poverty level, previous healthcare use, and other demographics.
    Author(s): Ziad Obermeyer, Brent Cohn, Michael Wilson, Anupam B Jena, David M Cutler
    Location: BMJ, 356(j239)
    Date: 02/2017
    Type: Document
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    Health-Related Behaviors by Urban-Rural County Classification — United States, 2013
    Provides data on five self-reported health-related behaviors for residents of rural and urban areas. Behaviors include sufficient sleep, current nonsmoking, nondrinking or moderate drinking, maintaining normal body weight, and meeting aerobic leisure time physical activity recommendations. Includes data for each behavior for metropolitan, micropolitan, and noncore (rural) areas, as well as prevalence of 4-5 health behaviors by sex, age, race/ethnicity, and education level. Based on 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data.
    Author(s): Kevin A. Matthews, Janet B. Croft, Yong Liu, et al.
    Location: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 66(5), 1-8
    Date: 02/2017
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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    Suicide Surveillance, South Dakota
    Illustrates South Dakota’s current suicide status and trends, and compares this data with national rates. Includes county data, method of suicide or self-injury by age and sex, and suicidal ideation by high school students.
    Date: 01/2017
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: South Dakota Department of Health
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    Dentists in New Mexico by County
    A fact sheet displaying in map and in table format the number of dentists in the state of New Mexico by county.
    Date: 01/2017
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Pew Charitable Trusts
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    Obstetric Care Quality and Access for Rural U.S. Women
    Webinar recording presenting information gathered from recent studies of obstetric care in rural hospitals, including quality, workforce, and predictors of non-local childbirth. Overarching themes include the discussion of access to obstetric care for women in rural communities and whether rural hospitals can provide it. Presented by Katy Kozhimannil, University of Minnesota School of Public Health/Director of Research at the U of M Rural Health Research Center. Approximately 60 minutes.
    Additional links: Presentation Slides, Transcript
    Author(s): Katy Kozhimannil
    Date: 01/2017
    Type: Video/Multimedia
    Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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    Colorado Behavioral Health Data
    An Excel file containing behavioral health data by region for the state of Colorado. Includes mental health status and suicide data for adults and high school students, and health status data for children ages 4 - 14.
    Date: 01/2017
    Type: Database
    Sponsoring organization: Colorado Health Institute
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    Chartbook: Trends in Rural Children’s Health and Access to Care
    Findings brief discussing changing status of rural and urban children from 2003-2012, with a focus on their demographics, financial access to care, reported use of care, and health status. Features statistics including poverty rate, insurance coverage, and race or ethnicity, with breakdowns by urban, large rural, and small rural location.
    Additional links: Fact Sheet
    Author(s): Janice C. Probst, Karen M. Jones
    Date: 01/2017
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
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    Social Determinants of Health
    A policy brief informed by a September 2016 National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services meeting held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, with site visits to update the committee about factors that affect health outcomes. Identifies emerging financing strategies and payment models and provides policy recommendations for addressing the social determinants of health in rural communities.
    Date: 01/2017
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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    MLN Suite of Products & Resources for Rural Health Providers
    Provides links to rural-specific sites and Medicare Learning Network (MLN) resources that can help you understand Medicare program requirements and processes. Includes learning resources for topics such as Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), swing bed services, Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), and more.
    Date: 01/2017
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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    Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System
    Fact sheet outlining various aspects of the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) Prospective Payment System (PPS). Covers topics such as rates, classification criterion, reasonable and necessary services criteria, and the IRF Quality Reporting Program. Includes fiscal year 2017 and 2018 payment rate updates for IRFs previously or currently located in rural areas.
    Date: 01/2017
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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    Selected Special Statistics Stillbirths and Infant Deaths Kansas, 2015
    Report of long-term progress on infant mortality in the state of Kansas from 2010-2015. Includes data and statistics about cause of death, demographics, gestational age, plurality, prenatal care, and geographical location (urban/rural).
    Author(s): Julia Soap, Greg Crawford
    Date: 01/2017
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Kansas Department of Health and Environment
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    Low-Income and Low-Supermarket-Access Census Tracts, 2010-2015
    A brief that discusses regions of the country with low-income and limited access to supermarkets and how they demonstrate the connection between poverty and access to healthy food. Includes a comparison of urban and rural locations as connected to low-income and low-access tracts.
    Date: 01/2017
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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    Snapshot of Rural Health in Colorado: 2017
    An overview of Colorado's rural healthcare delivery system. Includes a variety of indicators related to rural population health, healthcare workforce, and access to care.
    Date: 01/2017
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Colorado Rural Health Center
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    Oklahoma Health Professional Shortage Areas - Primary Care
    Map of Oklahoma with counties delineated identifying the location of designated Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) facilities and Primary Care HPSAs by designation type.
    Date: 01/2017
    Type: Map/Mapping System
    Sponsoring organization: Oklahoma State University Center for Rural Health
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    Remote Eye Care Screening for Rural Veterans with Technology-Based Eye Care Services: A Quality Improvement Project
    Highlights the improvement in access to eye care and screening services for rural veterans as a result of the Technology-based Eye Care Services (TECS), a quality improvement project developed by the Atlanta Veterans Affairs (VA).
    Author(s): April Maa, Barbara Wojciechowski, Kelly Hunt, et al.
    Location: Rural and Remote Health, 2017(17) 4045
    Date: 01/2017
    Type: Document
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    Alaska Opioid Policy Task Force: Final Recommendations
    Provides recommendations supporting comprehensive public health prevention strategies to prevent and reduce opioid use, misuse, and abuse in rural and urban Alaska.
    Author(s): Jay Butler, Gunnar Ebbesson, Jeff Jessee, et al.
    Date: 01/2017
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
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    Interpreting MBQIP Hospital Data Reports for Quality Improvement
    Designed to help Critical Access Hospital (CAH) staff use Medicare Beneficiary Quality Improvement Project (MBQIP) Hospital Data Reports to support quality improvement efforts and improve patient care in their facility. Includes examples of how to interpret MBQIP reports, links to additional resources, and a glossary of key words and definitions.
    Date: 01/2017
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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    Data Book: Beneficiaries Dually Eligible for Medicare and Medicaid
    Provides an overview of dual-eligible beneficiaries who receive benefits from both Medicare and Medicaid. Uses data from calendar year 2012 to examine beneficiary demographics, utilization and spending patterns, eligibility pathways, annual program growth rates, and more. Chart on page 35 includes a breakdown of beneficiaries based on urban or rural residence.
    Date: 01/2017
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organizations: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission, Medicare Payment Advisory Commission
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    Over Tea, South Carolina Girls Learn about Healthy Decisions
    Highlights South Carolina's Tea Time with Teens, a program aimed at reducing teen pregnancy by bringing together community leaders, mothers, and daughters to build life skills and make healthy decisions.
    Author(s): Allee Mead
    Location: Rural Monitor
    Date: 01/2017
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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    Veterans in Rural America: 2011-2015
    Reports detailed demographic, social, and economic characteristics of rural veterans, based primarily on 2011–2015 American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year estimates. Includes comparisons of rural veterans to both urban veterans and rural nonveterans. Topics addressed include health insurance coverage, disability status and service-connected disability, and use of VA healthcare.
    Author(s): Kelly Ann Holder
    Date: 01/2017
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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    Health Professional Shortage Area Physician Bonus Program
    Provides an overview of the Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) Physician Bonus Program and explains how bonus payments are calculated and paid. Includes information related to Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) as well as primary care and mental health HPSAs.
    Date: 01/2017
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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    Texas Hunger Map
    An interactive map of Texas identifying the percent of the population within each census block living in poverty and with food insecurity.
    Date: 2017
    Type: Map/Mapping System
    Sponsoring organization: Feeding Texas
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    Demonstrating Critical Access Hospital Value: A Guide to Potential Partnerships
    Provides a three-step framework to help Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) quantify and demonstrate their value to potential partners. Includes an editable worksheet that can be used to document and track progress as your CAH moves through each of the three steps - understanding the potential partner, identifying the CAH value proposition, and presenting the CAH value message.
    Date: 2017
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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    A Profile of Youth Poverty and Opportunity in Southwestern Minnesota
    A study of the rates and impacts of youth poverty in rural Southwest Minnesota compared to other regions in the state. Includes data and statistics on income changes, educational opportunities, English as a second language in the communities, exposure to risk factors such as substance abuse and mental health, and county-by-county data on percent of children in poverty.
    Date: 2017
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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    Aging in Rural Communities: Older Persons’ Narratives of Relocating in Place to Maintain Rural Identity
    Uses data from 16 in-depth, semi-structured interviews with older persons living in a rural area to examine their assessment of their current living situation. Seeks to understand the perspective of older persons who move from a rural area to a more populous, but still rural, community. Also discusses the influence of overall health status and access to healthcare services when making relocation decisions.
    Author(s): Joyce Weil
    Location: Online Journal of Rural Research & Policy, 12(1),
    Date: 2017
    Type: Document
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    Access to Capital and Credit in Native Communities: A Data Review
    Examines progress in Native Communities' access to capital since 2001, and summarizes capital and credit access for Native consumers, Native business owners, and tribal communities and governments. Features statistics related to credit scores, loans, and startup capital.
    Author(s): Miriam Jorgensen, Randall K.Q. Akee
    Date: 2017
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Native Nations Institute
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    2017 Legislative and Regulatory Agenda
    Outlines the National Rural Health Association's legislative agenda as it relates to rural health policy issues.
    Date: 2017
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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    Addressing the Social Determinants of Health: The Role of Health Professions Education: Thirteenth Annual Report to the Secretary of the United States Department of Health and Human Services and the Congress of the United States
    Includes recommendations for redesign of health professional training to meet needs of an aging and diverse population, to become more team-based and interprofessional, and to prepare students to serve in rural and underserved communities.
    Date: 12/2016
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Advisory Committee on Training in Primary Care Medicine and Dentistry
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    Building Rural: The Housing Assistance Council's 2016 Rural Housing Conference
    Video recording of the 2016 Rural Housing Conference. Includes discussions of rural housing inequality, the changing face of rurality, the opioid epidemic in rural America, and creative placemaking. 21 sessions available for viewing.
    Date: 12/2016
    Type: Video/Multimedia
    Sponsoring organization: Housing Assistance Council
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    Suicide Prevention in Indian Country
    A fact sheet describing suicide prevention in Indian Country, and how the 2012 National Strategy for Suicide Prevention can align with tribal communities.
    Date: 12/2016
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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    White Paper: Opioid Use, Misuse, and Overdose in Women
    White paper discussing the need for prevention, treatment and recovery programs for women who have opioid use disorders. Focuses on the increase in opioid use among the female population and ways to help manage and respond to the impact of overuse and overdose. Includes information about how rural location affects use and treatment, particularly lack of access to care and overdose remedies.
    Date: 12/2016
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health
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    Community Paramedic Toolkit
    A resource for ambulance services, hospitals, and others considering the development or expansion of a community paramedicine program in Minnesota. Includes program planning, education and training, financing, and models of care, among other discussions.
    Date: 12/2016
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health - Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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    MBQIP Talking Points
    List of summary statements that Flex Program staff can use to help address concerns and encourage Critical Access Hospital (CAH) participation in quality reporting and improvement programs. Included statements can be adapted to help frame responses and discussions related to CAH quality improvement participation.
    Date: 12/2016
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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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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    Health Professional Shortage Areas: Mental Health
    Printable map that shows nonmetropolitan and micropolitan mental health HPSAs on one color scale and metropolitan mental health HPSAs on another. Data source: HRSA Data Warehouse.
    Date: 11/2016
    Type: Map/Mapping System
    Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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    Health Professional Shortage Areas: Dental Care
    Printable map that shows nonmetropolitan and micropolitan dental care HPSAs on one color scale and metropolitan dental care HPSAs on another. Data source: HRSA Data Warehouse.
    Date: 11/2016
    Type: Map/Mapping System
    Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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    Health Professional Shortage Areas: Primary Care
    Printable map that shows nonmetropolitan and micropolitan primary care HPSAs on one color scale and metropolitan primary care HPSAs on another. Data source: HRSA Data Warehouse.
    Date: 11/2016
    Type: Map/Mapping System
    Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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    Arizona Critical Access Hospital Designation Manual
    Identifies and describes the requirements for becoming a federally designated Critical Access Hospital (CAH) with a focus on Arizona. Includes technical assistance and contact information for help in completing the CAH application.
    Author(s): Joyce A. Hospodar
    Date: 11/2016
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Arizona Center for Rural Health
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    North Dakota Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Health Clinics, 2016
    Map of North Dakota with counties delineated displaying the location of Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), and Referral Centers.
    Date: 11/2016
    Type: Map/Mapping System
    Sponsoring organization: University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
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    Patient, Hospital, and Local Health System Characteristics Associated With the Use of Observation Stays in Veterans Health Administration Hospitals, 2005 to 2012
    Analyzes patient, hospital, and local, often rural, healthcare system characteristics to determine the extent of their influence on the variation in the length of observation stays in Veterans Health Administration (VHA) hospitals.
    Author(s): Brad Wright, Amy M.J. O'Shea, Justin M. Glasgow, Padmaja Ayyagari, Mary Vaughan-Sarrazin
    Location: Medicine (Baltimore), 95(36)
    Date: 09/2016
    Type: Document
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    Alaska 2015-2016 Primary Care Needs Assessment
    Reports on Phase I of an Alaska statewide primary healthcare needs assessment conducted to identify gaps, develop a health strategy, and plan for the future delivery of primary care in the state. Provides data on healthcare access, health status and workforce shortages by census area or borough. Includes rural/urban comparisons on medical, dental and behavioral health workforce, patient transportation, and telehealth.
    Date: 05/2016
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organization: Alaska Division of Public Health
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    How are Migrant Health Centers and their Patients Faring Under the Affordable Care Act?
    An analysis of the population characteristics of migrant and seasonal agricultural workers (MSAW) and their dependents, the changes over time in the MSAW population served by federally funded community health centers, including migrant health centers, and the effect of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and Medicaid expansion, on federally funded migrant health centers.
    Author(s): Jessica Sharac, Rachel Gunsalus, Chi Tran, et al
    Date: 05/2016
    Type: Document
    Sponsoring organizations: Geiger Gibson Program in Community Health Policy, RCHN Community Health Foundation
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    Assessing Fidelity of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy in Rural VA Clinics: Design of a Randomized Implementation Effectiveness (Hybrid Type III) Trial
    Reports on a study to develop the CALM (coordinated anxiety learning and management) program to meet the needs of mental health clinicians working in Veteran Affairs (VA) community-based outpatient clinics (CBOC) and of rural veterans, and to assess the best method for future implementation of the CALM tool among mental health providers in rural VA CBOCs.
    Author(s): Michael A. Cucciare, Geoffrey M. Curran, Michelle G. Craske, et al.
    Date: 05/2016
    Type: Document
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    Nebraska's Rural Behavioral Healthcare Workforce Distribution and Relationship Between Supply and County Characteristics
    Investigates the geographic distribution of behavioral health professionals and the relationship between county-level provider-to-population ratios and county characteristics. Results may have implications for identifying the need and demand for behavioral healthcare professionals in workforce planning and policy analysis.
    Author(s): A.T. Nguyen, K.E. Trout, L-W Chen, L. Madison, et al.
    Location: Rural and Remote Health16(2), 3645
    Date: 04/2016
    Type: Document
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