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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Access

Report to Congress: The Management of Traumatic Brain Injury in Children: Opportunities for Action
Outlines the public health burden of traumatic brain injury (TBI) in children and adolescents. Describes TBI related outcomes and care management practices for child and adolescent TBI patients. Identifies a lack of access to care in rural areas as well as solutions to address these gaps, including opportunities to improve TBI related care for children and adolescents. Offers a report, executive summary, fact sheets, a postcard, graphics, and digital ads.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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State Community Health Worker Models
Presents community health worker models by state. Details financing, education, certification, and other state-level information. Features interactive national map.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Academy for State Health Policy
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VHA-ORH Rural Veteran Health Background
A listing of prepared information about the U.S. Department of Veterans Affair's work to increase access to healthcare for rural veterans. Includes links to annual reports, quarterly newsletter, videos, fact sheets, research articles, and promising practices.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration's Office of Rural Health
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VHA-ORH Research Library
A list of professional articles and studies on issues impacting the delivery of healthcare and services to rural veterans.
Type: Literature Search
Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration's Office of Rural Health
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VHA-ORH Rural Promising Practices
A compendium describing proven models of care currently implemented to improve access to care and specialty care for rural veterans and their families within their own communities. Provides clinical and operational information about these models for healthcare professionals serving rural veterans.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration's Office of Rural Health
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CMS: Rural Health
Provides information about the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) rural health initiatives, including the CMS Rural Health Council. Also provides links to rural-specific resources, publications, and reports.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Case Study: Partnership Enables Hospital to Provide Local Access to 24-Hour Health Care Through Telemedicine
Shares the approach of Seward, Nebraska-based Memorial Health Care Systems' "convenience campaign," which focuses on using technology to meet the needs of a younger-than-average patient base. Discusses building partnerships and utilizing new technologies to improve healthcare accessibility through same-day clinics, online communications, and 24/7 virtual care.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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SHADAC: State Profiles
Provides national-, state-, and county-level statistics on health insurance coverage, access to care, care affordability, and service utilization for all fifty states.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: State Health Access Data Assistance Center
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Rural Transportation Toolkit
Resources and best practices to help communities develop transportation programs for rural residents to access healthcare and meet other health-related needs. Identifies program models and examples, and discusses implementation, evaluation, sustainability, and dissemination of program results.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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DATA2020
Interactive tool to explore data and technical information related to the Healthy People 2020 objectives. Includes data for metropolitan and nonmetro locations for some topics. After selecting a topic and measure, choose "View data by group" and look for Geographic Location to find rural/urban data. Topics addressed include healthcare access, health-related behaviors, specific health conditions, specific populations, and more.
Additional links: Health Disparities Widget
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Healthy People
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