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Added October 3, 2018

Trauma Training Initiative Teaches Rural Laypeople how to “Stop the Bleed”
Features the Stop the Bleed initiative, which trains community members to help control blood loss while waiting for medical help. Highlights training provided in rural North Dakota and Nebraska.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Added October 2, 2018

America's Children in Brief: Key National Indicators of Well-being, 2018: Homelessness
Describes adverse outcomes associated with children experiencing homelessness and discusses the various definitions of homelessness. Provides information on the percent of public school students identified as homeless by school district location for the 2015 to 2016 school year, includes data on rural, urban, suburban, and town school district students.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics
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Chart Book: The Far-Reaching Benefits of the Affordable Care Act’s Medicaid Expansion
Compares states that expanded Medicaid coverage and those that did not expand Medicaid coverage using a variety of measures such as healthcare access and health outcomes. Addresses the impact on rural hospitals on pages 19-21 for Medicaid revenue, operating margins, and uncompensated care.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
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Medicaid Home- and Community-Based Services: Selected States' Program Structures and Challenges Providing Services
Examines the challenges states face in providing home- or community-based care instead of nursing home care under their state Medicaid programs, focusing on Arizona, Florida, Mississippi, Montana, and Oregon. Addresses program funding, workforce issues, eligibility and enrollment, populations targeted for the programs, use of managed care, and more. Includes rural considerations throughout.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Added October 1, 2018

Addressing Rural Housing Challenges: What USDA Can Do
Discusses the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) contributions to rural housing. Includes discussion on the challenges of renting in rural areas and scarcity of rental properties; home ownership affordability; and the difficulties of providing housing for a diverse group of people in unique rural areas. Covers policy implications.
Author(s): Corianne Payton Scally
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Western Rural Development Center
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Evidence-Based Interventions for Adolescent Opioid Use Disorder
Presents a study on interventions targeting Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) in adolescents in Ohio. Focuses on interventions aimed at 11-18 year olds in 3 counties containing both rural and urban communities. Features a literature review of OUD interventions for adolescents.
Author(s): Christal Ramos, Lisa Clemans-Cope, Haley Samuel-Jakubos, Luis Basurto
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Urban Institute
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Kansas Health Professional Underserved Areas Report, 2017
Provides information on Health Professional Shortage Designations (HPSAs) including the various federal and state definitions; qualifying criteria; and a summary of county or individual benefits for each designation. Covers workforce recruitment and retention programs in Kansas during 2017. Includes a table showing county-level data for Primary Care, Dental, and Mental Health HPSAs.
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Office of Primary Care & Rural Health
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Rural Hospital Closures: Number and Characteristics of Affected Hospitals and Contributing Factors
Examines rural hospital closures from 2013-2017, including their financial health, hospital characteristics, and the impact on healthcare access. Compares data to 2008-2012 closures and discusses the implications for federal healthcare policies. Addresses the role of Medicare rural hospital designations, new healthcare delivery and payment models, and other rural Health and Human Services (HHS) programs. Identifies the number of rural hospitals that closed for each state.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Tribal Broadband: Few Partnerships Exist and the Rural Utilities Service Needs to Identify and Address Any Funding Barriers Tribes Face
Examines tribal broadband access, federal funding to tribal entities for improving broadband access, and barriers to obtaining such federal funding. Identifies tribal partnership agreements that have increased broadband access and discusses the outcomes. Addresses challenges specific to rural areas and the healthcare benefits of broadband access.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Veterans Choice Program: Further Improvements Needed to Help Ensure Timely Payments to Community Providers
Examines how long payments took for healthcare providers enrolled in the Veterans Choice Program and actions the Veterans Administration has taken to address these issues. The Veterans Choice Program was created to help increase veterans access to healthcare, particularly in rural areas.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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