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Resources by State: Kentucky

Network Spotlight: Appalachian Kentucky Health Care Access Network
Explores various aspects of the Appalachian Kentucky Health Care Access Network (AKHCAN) through an interview with Project Director Jan Chamness, and Project Manager Gina Brien. The AKHCAN is a grant-funded network that seeks to increase and improve healthcare access for all low-income, uninsured, and underinsured populations living in rural Kentucky through the use of community health workers (CHWs).
Date: 02/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Russell County Hospital Aligning for Future Success
Details the improvements made by Russell County Hospital (RCH), a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital located in Russell Springs, Kentucky, as part of the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) project. Major accomplishments include expanding primary care and surgery services, developing a strategic plan, establishing and monitoring quality indicators, and optimizing participation in the 340B Drug Pricing Program. RCH is also working with the community and the media to promote their quality scores, which are consistently high.
Date: 02/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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SOAR Impact Report 2017
Annual report from Shaping Our Appalachian Region, a nonprofit organization dedicated to expanding job creation, improving quality of life, and enhancing opportunity, innovation, and identity in Appalachian Kentucky. Includes a section on reducing health disparities in rural areas of the region.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Shaping Our Appalachian Region
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Compendium of Rural Oral Health Best Practices - 2017
Presents examples of the best practices in rural oral healthcare across the country. Looks at programs in 10 different states, including program purpose, summary, effectiveness, and funding source.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Kentucky's Primary Care Workforce Shortages 2016-2025 and Recommendations for Increasing the Production of Primary Care Physicians for Kentucky
Presents data and information about the Kentucky primary care workforce, describes trainee pipelines supplying new physicians, and recommends strategies and tactics for improving this workforce. Includes statistics on various types of primary care providers in rural Kentucky, and support for the idea that rural background and rural clinical rotations are factors in primary care career choices by medical school graduates.
Author(s): Kevin A. Pearce, Carol Hustedde, Linda M. Asher, et al.
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Kentucky College of Medicine
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Availability of Buprenorphine Treatment in Kentucky
Describes availability of opioid addiction treatment in Kentucky, with breakdowns by metropolitan, micropolitan, and other non-metropolitan areas, and distribution of various medical specialists authorized to prescribe buprenorphine in these areas.
Author(s): Elijah T. Myers, Tyrone F. Borders
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Kentucky Institute for Rural Health Policy
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Health and Health Care in Kentucky: Variations by Region and Metro/Micro/Rural Status
Describes key health, health behavior, and healthcare access indicators in Kentucky by region and metropolitan status, using data from the 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System. Features statistics related to topics including drinking, smoking, body mass index, and mental health, with breakdowns by demographic categories.
Author(s): Ty Borders, Keith Branham
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Kentucky Institute for Rural Health Policy
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Implementation of the Federal Rural IMPACT Demonstration
Overview of the first year of the White House Rural Council and U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' demonstration project, focused on improving social determinants of health and designed to reduce poverty through coordinated services for children and parents. Discusses key findings and identifies possible lessons for policymakers and stakeholders. Includes appendix with profiles of the 10 demonstration sites.
Author(s): Alana Landey, Pam Winston, Pierre Joseph
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
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Early Elective Delivery and Vaginal Birth After Cesarean in Rural US Maternity Hospitals
Results of a telephone survey of 263 rural hospitals in nine states, describing policies related to early elective delivery and vaginal birth after cesarean procedures. Includes statistics with breakdowns by birth volume, types and numbers of clinicians delivering babies, and types of operating rooms for cesareans.
Author(s): Demetra Heinrich, Rachel Vogel, Katy Kozhimannil
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 16(4), 3956
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
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Findings from the Field: Medicaid Delivery Systems and Access to Care in Four States in Year Three of the ACA
Explores the experiences of four states that participated in Medicaid expansion as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA): Colorado, Connecticut, Kentucky, and Washington. Examines what each state is doing to transition, from outreach and enrollment activities, to improving delivery systems and access to care. Contains rural-specific content and information on how the states are dealing with the expanded Medicaid population. Addresses how Community Health Centers have responded to the Medicaid expansion.
Author(s): Samantha Artiga, Robin Rudowitz, Jennifer Tolbert, Julia Paradise, Melissa Majerol
Date: 09/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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