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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Access

Case Study: Pharmacy Provides Critical Link in Rural Care Continuum
Follows the transition of pharmacy services in Pender, Nebraska, to highlight the importance of pharmacy services in rural communities. Focuses on how Pender Community Hospital District Inc. partnered with Pender Care Centre District Inc. to purchase a local retail pharmacy, expand pharmacy access, increase revenue, and qualify for the 340B Program.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Case Study: Paramedicine Program Strengthens Rural Health Care System
Shares how leaders of Community Hospital in rural McCook, Nebraska reached their goal of reducing ambulance transports, emergency room visits, and hospital readmissions by partnering with community organizations to create the McCook Community Paramedicine program. Focuses on program's approach, key steps, lessons learned, and results.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Compendium of Hospital & Community Partnerships
Outlines a number of innovative partnerships between rural hospitals and community organizations in Nebraska that work to expand local services, improve care quality, and reduce the cost of care in rural communities. Presents partnerships in case study format, sharing key steps, lessons learned, and project results.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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The Agenda 2020: A Special Report on the Future of Health
A collection of articles, videos, graphics, and more highlighting issues specific to health. Includes stories about rural healthcare facilities, profiles of innovative rural programs, and examples of rural health successes and challenges. Examines rural healthcare in relation to today's political climate, hoping to glean lessons that are broadly applicable throughout the rest of the U.S.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: Politico, United Health Group
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Food and Nutrition Assistance Research Reports Database
Two searchable databases, one for peer-reviewed research reports and articles and the other for RIDGE (Research Innovation and Development Grants in Economics) project summaries. Material for each database focuses on social science research centered around the challenges faced by rural areas regarding food and nutrition assistance. Allows search by title, year, topic, and data set.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Access to Care for Rural People with Disabilities Toolkit
Resources and best practices to help rural communities improve access to care for people with disabilities. 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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The Children's Health and Education Mapping Tool
An interactive mapping resource that focuses on education and healthcare access among low-income children using geographic information systems (GIS). County-level data and statistics included for child health, education, and socioeconomic status.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: School-Based Health Alliance
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Salud America! Health Equity Report Cards
Provides county-level reports with data relevant to supporting the health of Latino children. Each county profile compares the county to the state and nation on topics that include housing, transportation, poverty, healthcare, mental health, environmental issues, and access to healthy food and active spaces.
Type: Website
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National Health Interview Survey: Tables of Summary Health Statistics
Summarizes data from a national survey on topics that include health status, health insurance coverage, injury, healthcare access and utilization, and limitations in activities. Some data is compared by place of residence for large metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), small MSAs, and areas not in an MSA.
Additional links: National Health Interview Survey Early Release Program
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Health IT Playbook
Serves as an online guidebook for healthcare providers on using Health Information Technology (HIT) to its best advantage. Includes discussions on choosing, implementing, and upgrading electronic health records (EHRs), using Health Information Exchanges (HIEs) and Certified Health IT products, implementing patient engagement via telehealth/telemedicine, quality and security with HIT, and looking at how HIT can connect providers and patients in public health settings. Includes a section on HIT in rural settings.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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