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New Resources Identified in the Past 30 Days:

Added March 20, 2024

Services to Individuals with Intellectual Disability, Developmental Disability, or Autism Through the Pennsylvania Office of Developmental Programs
Examines ways to deliver services to individuals with intellectual disability, developmental disability, and autism, and offers recommendations for offering services efficiently and uniformly. Includes sections on Medicaid waivers, types of services, workforce development, and program accountability. Features a section on transportation challenges in rural areas for people with disabilities.
Author(s): Yvonne Llewellyn Hursh, Stephen J. Kramer, Wendy L. Baker
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Joint State Government Commission, General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania
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Utilizing the USDA's National Household Food Acquisition and Purchase Survey to Calculate a Household-Level Food Environment Measure
Offers the Food Retail Environment Healthfulness Quality measure, a calculation measuring a household's exposure to healthy food retail spaces. Uses the measure to show rural and urban comparisons of distance to healthy food options in addition to demographic analysis.
Author(s): Michele Ver Ploeg, Benjamin Scharadin, Lauren Miller, Jeffrey Gonzalez, Rodney Odom
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Added March 19, 2024

ACO Primary Care Flex Model
Provides information on the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Center's ACO Primary Care Flex Model, which will test how prospective payments and increased funding for primary care in accountable care organizations (ACOs) impact health outcomes, quality, and costs of care. Aims to increase the number of low-revenue ACOs participating in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (SSP), including ACOs serving rural and underserved populations.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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ACO Primary Care Flex Model: Model Overview Factsheet
Describes the ACO Primary Care Flex Model from the CMS Innovation Center including purpose and goals, eligibility and participation criteria, payment overview, and application and timeline. Includes information for Federally Qualified Health Centers and Rural Health Clinics.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Addressing the Shortage of Direct Care Workers: Insights from Seven States
Brief assessing efforts for strengthening and identifying federal policy opportunities related to the direct care workforce through interviews with 20 stakeholders in 7 states. Discusses federal funding, collaboration, workforce pipelines, equity, credentials, training, family caregivers, and home- and community-based services. Discusses rural throughout.
Author(s): Barbara Lyons, Molly O'Malley Watts
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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The Arizona Social Vulnerability Index (ASVI)
Adapts the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Agency for Toxic Substances and Diseases Registry's Social Vulnerability Index (SVI) to include factors specific to Arizona. Includes interactive data at the census tract level covering social determinants of health, household characteristics, race and ethnicity, housing, transportation, and more.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Department of Health Services
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Behavioral Health Services Outcomes That Matter Most to Caregivers of Children, Youth, and Young Adults with Mental Health Needs
Used focus groups that included rural caregivers of children with behavioral health needs to identify behavioral health service outcomes valued by caregivers. Discusses access to care, service delivery, provider communication, caregiver training, stigma, caregiver wellness, and more. Discusses rural issues throughout.
Author(s): Genevieve Graaf, Katherine Kitchens, Millie Sweeney, Kathleen C. Thomas
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 21(2), 172
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
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The Health and Social Impacts of the Maui Wildfires: Post-Disaster Care from a Sociocultural Lens
Highlights the impact of a wildfire event on existing health and social service disparities in Maui, Hawaii. Discusses housing, employment, finances, mental health, suicide risk, culture, social isolation, rurality, and service limitations. Notes opportunities and challenges for addressing these impacts using telehealth and outside assistance.
Author(s): Ryan Holliday, Lauren S. Krishnamurti, Shiloh E. Jordan, et al.
Citation: Hawai'i Journal of Health & Social Welfare, 83(3), 85-87
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
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KanCare Unwinding Data by Age and County as of Feb. 29, 2024
An interactive data table that depicts Medicaid unwinding in Kansas related to the end of the COVID-19 federal Public Health Emergency in March 2023. Allows user to select for rurality, age group, and county, showing corresponding approved, discontinued, or reinstatement window insurance coverage counts and rates.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Health Institute
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Ohio Health Policy Brief: Connections Between Water Quality and Health
Examines water quality in Ohio, the health impacts of polluted water, and water policy to address potential harm. Provides data on harmful algal bloom, percent of households without complete plumbing facilities by county type, per capita H2Ohio funding for lead service line replacements by county type, and counties with drinking water violations. Includes discussion about environmental health disparities in disadvantaged populations, such as Appalachian and rural.
Author(s): Lexi Chirakos, Robin Blair-Ackison, Tonni Oberly, Jacob Santiago, Anna Sheeran
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Policy Institute of Ohio
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