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Rural Health
Resources by State: Utah

Selected Rural Healthcare Facilities in Utah
Shows the state’s Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Health Clinics, as well as Federally Qualified Health Centers located outside of urbanized areas.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Rural AAAs Structure and Services: Information & Planning Issue Brief
Examines differences between rural and non-rural Area Agencies on Aging (AAAs), using data from the 2016 AAA National Survey. Features statistics on budgets, budget sources, staff, structure, services, and participation in integrated care initiatives, with breakdowns by rural and non-rural location. Includes case studies from Maine, Virginia, and Utah.
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
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A Statewide Investigation of Geographic Lung Cancer Incidence Patterns and Radon Exposure in a Low-Smoking Population
Examines Utah Surveillance, Epidemiology, and End Results Program (SEER) data to describe smoking-adjusted lung cancer rates between nonmetropolitan and metropolitan counties by indoor radon levels, sex, and cancer stage. Compares lung cancer rates between Utah and all SEER sites. Includes statistics of nonmetropolitan and metropolitan Utah counties by race/ethnicity, smoking prevalence, education, income, and more.
Author(s): Judy Y. Ou, Brynn Fowler, Qian Ding, et al.
Citation: BMC Cancer, 18, 115
Date: 2018
Type: Document
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No Wrong Door: Supporting Community Living for Veterans
Reports on several Veteran-Directed Home- and Community-Based Services (VD-HCBS) programs in 7 states. Presents a breakdown of each program and highlights challenges each program had to overcome. Bases analysis on 2 separate state surveys. Also includes tools useful to building collaborative partnerships between VA medical providers and aging and disability agencies in order to better serve veterans in their communities.
Author(s): Christina Neill Bowen, Wendy Fox-Grage, Kali Thomas, James Rudolph
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: AARP Public Policy Institute
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Tackling Poverty in Rural Communities
Discusses the Intergenerational Poverty Initiative in Weber County, UT. Details efforts to support health and well-being, access, resiliency, and dignity through mentors and role models in order to promote self-determination in impoverished youth.
Additional links: Webinar Links, Webinar Slides
Date: 09/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
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Response to Commentary: Partnered Research to Improve Health of Rural Veterans
Describes how VA-funded Centers of Innovation (COINs) develop strategies optimizing care for veterans in rural areas. Focuses on programs in Salt Lake City, Utah; West Haven, Connecticut; and North Little Rock, Arkansas.
Author(s): Teresa Hudson
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: VA Health Services Research & Development Service
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Southwest Telehealth Resource Center Helps Rural Providers Connect
Highlights the work of the Southwest Telehealth Resource Center, which supports the region’s healthcare providers through telehealth training and technical assistance.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Pathways to Locally Based Integrated Health Care
Presentation slides by Keith Mueller from the 15th Annual Western Region Flex Conference in Waikoloa, Hawaii. Includes a discussion of the growth of primary care in rural communities as a delivery system for integrated health care, allowing connection to services elsewhere. Provides information on Medicare Payment systems, ACOs in the Western region, public versus private policy trajectories, Critical Access Hospital (CAH) value messages, and inpatient care alternatives.
Date: 06/2017
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organizations: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis, Rural Policy Research Institute
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Strategies for Superbugs: Antibiotic Stewardship for Rural Hospitals
Discusses the need for antibiotic stewardship (AS) and challenges rural hospitals face in implementing AS programs. Highlights efforts underway for a group of hospitals in Utah and at Critical Access Hospitals in Idaho and Utah.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Community Health Workers Get Trained to Reduce Oral Health Disparities
Highlights programs serving the Navajo Nation, Texas colonias, and Appalachian Maryland that use community health workers to provide oral health education and improve access dental care.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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