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New Resources Identified in the Past 30 Days:

Added February 29, 2024

Human Biomonitoring Without In-Person Interaction: Public Health Engagements During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Future Implications
Examines engagement approaches of biomonitoring and discusses the feasibility of utilizing non-contact methods for public health research. Analyzes distance-based approaches for research such as recruitment mailers, phone conversations, internet surveys, and self-collected and shipped samples. Includes reflections on non-contact methods to engage rural populations in research during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the future.
Author(s): Alyssa J. Mattson, Jiali Yu, Elizabeth M. Miller, et al.
Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology, 24, 53
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
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Small Towns, Big Opportunities
Report evaluating rural employment opportunities, defined as a "good job" based on income thresholds. Discusses gender, race and ethnicity, educational attainment, population decline, disability, and more. Offers recommendations for rural growth through education, training opportunities, and emerging industries. Includes rural and urban comparisons in addition to county level maps for each state.
Additional links: State Maps
Author(s): Anthony P. Carnevale, Lulu Kam, Martin Van Der Werf
Date: 2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce
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Snapshot of Rural Health in Colorado, 2024
Provides an overview of rural health in Colorado. Includes data and statistics on a variety of indicators, such as education, poverty, rural economy, healthcare coverage and access, rural health information technology, mental health, oral health, emergency medical services (EMS) and workforce shortages. Includes five regional snapshots from around the state.
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Rural Health Center
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Added February 28, 2024

Health Industry Cybersecurity Strategic Plan
Presents a strategic plan for cybersecurity in the health industry, and provides supplementary materials. Identifies industry trends, cybersecurity goals, objectives, and measurable outcomes, and describes the significance of cybersecurity to healthcare delivery organizations. Suggests possibilities for implementation, industrial collaboration, and policy development. Includes discussion of rural health service providers.
Additional links: Report: Health Industry Cybersecurity Strategic Plan (2024-2029)
Date: 02/2024
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Health Sector Coordinating Council (HSCC) Cybersecurity Working Group
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The Health of US Primary Care: 2024 Scorecard Report — No One Can See You Now
Second annual scorecard exploring primary care in the United States across measures in four categories: access, financing, workforce/training, and research. Identifies five factors contributing to increased challenges in accessing primary care. The appendix includes data on the number and percentage of physician residents trained in an MUA, rural county, or both between the 2012-2013 and 2021-2022 academic years.
Additional links: Appendix, Full Report
Author(s): Yalda Jabbarpour, Anuradha Jetty, Hoon Byun, et al.
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Milbank Memorial Fund, Robert Graham Center, The Physicians Foundation
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Hearing on Examining Chronic Drug Shortages in the United States
Congressional hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee discussing pharmaceutical drug shortages. Discusses cancer care, healthcare quality, the 340B program, supply and demand, reimbursement, and other policy measures. Witnesses include Dr. Stephen Schleicher discussing rural concerns. Captions available in video player.
Additional links: Dr. Stephen Schleicher Testimony
Date: 02/2024
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: House Ways and Means Committee
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Hysterectomy Among Women Age 18 and Older: United States, 2021
Reports on the percentage of women age 18 and older who have had a hysterectomy. Includes data by metropolitan and nonmetro areas.
Author(s): Yelena Gorina, Nazik Elgaddal, Julie D. Weeks,
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Implementation Costs of Technology-Enhanced Transitional Palliative Care for Rural Caregivers
Examines the feasibility and sustainability of a family caregiver-focused transitional palliative care intervention that uses telehealth technologies. Presents results of a budget impact analysis of a randomized control trial, community-dwelling rural caregivers of hospitalized patients with a serious, life-limiting illness and receiving palliative care during hospitalization. Describes potential reimbursement mechanisms available to offset health system costs to providing transitional palliative care to support caregivers, including transitional care management and chronic care management service reimbursement.
Author(s): Brystana G. Kaufman, Diane E. Holland, Catherine E. Vanderboom, Cory Ingram, et al.
Citation: American Journal of Hospice and Palliative Care, 41(1), 38-44
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
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Interim Final Rule on Non-Congregate Summer Meals: Top Takeaways for Operators
Provides information on the interim final rule (IFR) regarding non-congregate summer meals, established in December 2023 by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Discusses IFR highlights for food program operators, such as rural definitions, congregate service access, meal service options, approved sites, and more.
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: No Kid Hungry
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Maternal Health Innovation Podcast
Discusses ways to advance health equity for women and birthing people. Provides innovative strategies and stories focused on improving maternal health outcomes.
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: Maternal Health Learning & Innovation Center
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