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Rural Health
Resources by State: Texas

Strengthening Medicaid Long-Term Services and Supports in an Evolving Policy Environment: A Toolkit for States
Shares strategies that states can use to reform their long-term services and supports (LTSS) framework, focusing on improving LTSS in two key areas: rebalancing LTSS to increase the proportion of LTSS provided in community-based settings, and integrating LTSS with physical and behavioral health services through managed care. Uses case studies to provide real-life examples of each strategy, and discusses rural-specific considerations throughout.
Author(s): Stephanie Anthony, Arielle Traub, Sarah Lewis, et al.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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Catalyzing Medicaid-Public Health Collaboration to Reduce Childhood Obesity
Explains cross-sector interventions tested by five states - Arizona, Maryland, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Texas - participating in the Center for Health Care Strategies' Innovations in Childhood Obesity Initiative. Each state profile highlights how Medicaid and public health agencies are using innovative approaches to address childhood obesity in their high-risk communities. The Texas initiative focuses on childhood obesity in the rural, low-income population along the U.S./Mexico border.
Author(s): Alexandra Maul, Stephen A. Somers
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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Coordinated Whole-Person Care that Addresses Social Determinants of Health
Presents approaches used and lessons learned from five projects funded by Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) - an initiative to align various health-related sectors and promote the collection, sharing, and effective use of data. Each DASH project is working to develop the infrastructure necessary to support cross-sector data sharing, enhance care coordination, and address social determinants of health. One of the five projects is based on the White Earth Indian Reservation in rural northwest Minnesota.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Data Across Sectors for Health
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Trends in the Development of the Dental Service Organization Model: Implications for the Oral Health Workforce and Access to Services
Results of a 2017 survey of dental service organizations, which often build new practices in underserved and rural areas, and case studies of 6 dental support organizations providing general or specialty dentistry in North Carolina, Georgia, Texas, Florida, and Massachusetts.
Author(s): Margaret Langelier, Shen Wang, Simona Surdu, Elizabeth Mertz, Cynthia Wides
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Center for Health Workforce Studies, Oral Health Workforce Research Center
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An Assessment of Mobile and Portable Dentistry Programs to Improve Population Oral Health
Describes configurations of portable and mobile dental programs including models and applications, discusses targeted populations, details variations in regulations by state, and examines outcomes of preventive interventions in underserved areas. Includes case studies of 7 programs initiated to improve access in underserved populations or in rural areas.
Additional links: Policy Brief
Author(s): Margaret Langelier, Jean Moore, Rachel Carter, et al.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oral Health Workforce Research Center
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Hospital-Community Partnerships to Build a Culture of Health: A Compendium of Case Studies
Presents insights from nine communities across the U.S. that have successful hospital-community partnerships. Each case study provides a description of the community, background information on the partner organizations, and an overview of the impacts and lessons learned. Several case studies include rural communities, rural populations, and/or rural partner organizations.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Research & Educational Trust
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Regulating Network Adequacy for Rural Populations: Perspectives of Five States
Policy brief describing a study to explore how California, Kentucky, Montana, Texas, and Wisconsin define insurance network adequacy and how much consideration is given to rural issues in regulating their networks. Features statistics including these states' rural population, rural percent of total population, rural area in square miles, number of marketplace networks, and percent that are narrow networks.
Author(s): Michelle Casey, Carrie Henning-Smith, Jean Abraham, Ira Moscovice
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Network Spotlight: Southeast Texas Health System
Provides an overview of the Southeast Texas Health System (SETHS) through an interview with its executive director, Tara Dilley. Based in Weimar, Texas, SETHS is a nonprofit health collaborative network that specializes in managed care contracting for rural providers. The interview covers SETHS' network characteristics, key learnings, accomplishments, and ongoing challenges.
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Advancing Care Coordination and Interoperability for Underserved Communities through Health IT Training
Provides an overview of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology's (ONC) workforce initiative, which is designed to help build a skilled health information technology (HIT) workforce. Two program recipients - the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston (UTH) and Columbia University - are focusing their efforts on improving care coordination and interoperability by training professionals who work with underserved patients in rural or urban settings.
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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Innovating Mental Healthcare in Texas and Beyond: Q&A with Dr. Octavio Martinez
An interview with Dr. Octavio Martinez, the executive director of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health. Discusses the mission of the foundation and how it is addressing mental health in Texas, as well as some of the challenges of providing mental healthcare in Texas and throughout the U.S.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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