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Rural Health
Resources by State: Alabama

Making Connections: A Guide to Starting a Rural HIV Care Telemedicine Program
Overview of a program providing HIV care to rural Alabama that started as an in-person service in rural clinics and transitioned to a telemedicine program. Includes a 10 step road map for planning and implementing a telemedicine program. Covers considerations for program development including scheduling, service delivery, legal considerations, barriers and facilitators to planning, and technology. Free to download after registering name, organization, and email.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: AIDS United
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Appalachian Diseases of Despair
Presents mortality data on overdoses, suicides, and alcoholic liver disease/cirrhosis among people ages 15-64, from the 2015 Multiple Cause of Death database. Features statistics with breakdowns by region, Appalachian state, gender, and metropolitan or nonmetropolitan location.
Author(s): Michael Meit, Megan Heffernan, Erin Tanenbaum, Topher Hoffmann
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Appalachian Regional Commission, NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
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Health Disparities in Appalachia
Measures population health in Appalachia and explores disparities within the region and between Appalachia and the country as a whole. Features statistics on mortality, morbidity, behavioral health, child health, community characteristics, lifestyle, healthcare systems, quality of care, and social determinants, with breakdowns between urban and rural areas.
Author(s): Julie L. Marshall, Logan Thomas, Nancy M. Lane, et al.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Appalachian Regional Commission, Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research, PDA, Inc.
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Medical Center Barbour Reduces Readmission Rates
Highlights the accomplishments of Medical Center Barbour (MCB), a prospective payment system (PPS) hospital located in Eufaula, Alabama, as it progressed through a Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) quality of care and transition of care project. MCB's top accomplishments include reducing readmissions, improving communication among staff and patients, and enhancing the discharge process.
Additional links: One-Page Summary
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Tuberculosis And Rural Health Care In America
Episode of WBUR's On Point radio program, featuring discussion of a tuberculosis outbreak in rural Perry county, Alabama. Describes attempts to screen and treat low-income patients, despite many residents' mistrust of the medical profession. Panelists include the author of a recent Harper's Magazine article about tuberculosis in the Black Belt, a Perry County doctor, a University of Alabama professor of rural medicine, and a healthcare reporter from the Los Angeles Times.
Date: 05/2017
Type: Audio
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Rural Health Literacy: Who's Delivering Health Information?
Describes the role that school nurses, newspapers, public libraries, churches, public health departments, and hub-and-spoke academic institutions can play in supporting health literacy and providing consumer health information. Features examples from several states.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Monroe County Hospital Achieving Outcomes
Examines the gains made by Monroe County Hospital (MCH), located in Monroeville, Alabama, as part of the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) project. During the project, the 35-bed prospective payment system (PPS) hospital focused on improving patient education and transitions of care, integrating pharmacists, implementing bedside reporting, and reducing readmission rates. The changes have resulted in improved community engagement and prepared MCH for value-based purchasing.
Additional links: One-Page Summary
Date: 04/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2011-2015 American Community Survey
Provides state and county-level data on population, age, race and ethnicity, housing occupancy, education, labor force, employment, income, health insurance coverage, disability, and veteran status, for the 13 Appalachian states. Includes breakdowns by five levels of urban or rural county types.
Author(s): Kelvin Pollard, Linda A. Jacobsen
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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Selected Rural Healthcare Facilities in Alabama
Shows the state’s Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Health Clinics, as well as rural Federally Qualified Health Centers and Skilled Nursing Facilities.
Date: 12/2016
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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A Picture of the Loss of Rural Obstetrical Service in Alabama Since 1980
Two maps comparing Alabama counties providing obstetrical service in 1980 with those providing the service as of March 2016. Includes statistics for the counties defined as rural.
Date: 03/2016
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Alabama Department of Public Health: Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
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