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New Resources Identified in the Past 30 Days:

The Differences in Characteristics Among Households With and Without Obese Children: Findings From USDA’s FoodAPS
Examines characteristics of households with at least one obese child and without any obese children. Table 2 compares rural and urban household financial well-being, as it relates to obesity. Table 3 examines the food environment for rural households with and without obese children.
Author(s): Young Jo
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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“Taking the Bull by the Horns”: Four Principles to Align Public Health, Primary Care, and Community Efforts to Improve Rural Cancer Control
Commentary on the CDC MMWR report, Invasive Cancer Incidence, 2004-2013, and Deaths, 2006-2015, in Nonmetropolitan and Metropolitan Counties — United States. Discusses factors contributing to rural cancer disparities and identifies opportunities to improve rural cancer control.
Author(s): Stephanie B. Wheeler, Melinda M. Davis
Location: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
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State Innovation Models (SIM) Initiative Evaluation: Model Test Year Three Annual Report
Third annual report detailing the findings of CMS's State Innovation Models (SIM) Initiative, which tests the ability of the governments in six states - Arkansas, Maine, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Oregon, and Vermont - to accelerate health system transformation in the areas of delivery systems, payment models, information technology, workforce development, and more. Focuses on sharing cross-state progress and findings, state-specific findings and lessons learned, and lessons for policymakers. Additional emphasis is placed on monitoring healthcare experience, utilization, and expenditures in participating SIM states.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, RTI International
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Tackling Poverty in Rural Communities
Discusses the Intergenerational Poverty Initiative in Weber County, UT. Details efforts to support health and well-being, access, resiliency, and dignity through mentors and role models in order to promote self-determination in impoverished youth.
Additional links: Webinar Links, Webinar Slides
Date: 09/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
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2016 Child Poverty Rate Sees Largest Decline Since Before Great Recession: Poverty Persists as Challenge for the United States
Data snapshot showing trends in the U.S. child poverty rate between 2007 and 2016, organized by city, rural, or suburban location. Also includes an aggregate rate for all locations. Linked appendix provides state-by-state and regional (Northeast, Midwest, South, West) rates.
Additional links: Appendix Table
Author(s): Beth Mattingly, Andrew Schaefer, Jessica Carson
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Financing Project ECHO: Options for State Medicaid Programs
Outlines how four states - California, Colorado, New Mexico, and Oregon - are using Medicaid funds to support Project ECHO and enhance services for rural and other at-risk populations. Also shares design considerations for specific delivery system environments, and ways to ensure long-term program sustainability.
Author(s): Greg Howe, Allison Hamblin, Lauren Moran
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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Medicaid Financing Models for Project ECHO
Explains the different Medicaid financing mechanisms available for supporting current and potential Project ECHO strategies. Options are listed in table format and organized into three categories: managed care, care management programs, and value-based payment strategies and integrated care programs.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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Sliding Fee Scale Discount Guide for CAHs and RHCs
Contains concepts and guidance for Critical Access Hospital (CAH) and Rural Health Clinic (RHC) executives and management teams in developing a sliding fee scale discount program. Explains how these programs relate to Internal Revenue Code Section 501(r) compliance and participation in the National Health Service Corps (NHSC). Includes an example of a sliding fee schedule.
Author(s): Ralph J. Llewellyn
Date: 09/2017
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Social Determinants of Health: A Quick Reference Guide for State Offices of Rural Health and State and Territorial Health Officials
Provides an overview of social determinants of health (SDOH) in rural communities, and lists partners, resources, and national level initiatives related to four significant SDOH in rural areas: housing, transportation, education, and food insecurity. Intended to serve as a starting point and guide for rural organizations that wish to address SDOH through multi-sector collaboration.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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Trends in Emergency Department Visits, 2006–2014
Presents information on emergency department (ED) visits and trends in the U.S. between 2006 and 2014. Based on data from the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP), shows ED visit frequency by age, sex, metro/nonmetro location, primary payer type, region, diagnosis, and several other indicators.
Author(s): Brian J. Moore, Carol Stocks, Pamela L. Owens
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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