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COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index
State and county data on communities where people are at greater risk of dying from COVID-19. Identifies areas vulnerable due to barriers related to healthcare access, social determinants of health, and other facts. Also provides data related to COVID-19 cases, deaths, vaccination, testing, critical risk workers, and race/ethnicity.
Additional links: U.S. Data Explorer
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Surgo Ventures
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Vaccines.gov: COVID-19 Vaccine Information for Jurisdictions and Healthcare Providers
Guidance for healthcare providers on how to share information on vaccination locations and vaccine availability via VaccineFinder.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Provider Bridge
Connects healthcare professionals with state agencies and healthcare entities to increase access to care for patients in rural and underserved communities, and assists in mobilizing volunteer healthcare professionals during public health emergencies. Features COVID-19 resources including state-by-state telehealth information and links to help providers find answers to telehealth licensure questions.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Federation of State Medical Boards
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Utah Project ECHO
Connects multi-disciplinary specialists with community providers through HIPAA-compliant videoconferencing technology that will address specialized healthcare topics and treatment options in the primary care setting with the purpose of improving health outcomes in rural and underserved populations.
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: University of Utah Health
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PLACES: Local Data for Better Health
Interactive mapping system providing chronic disease related data at the county, place, census tract, and ZIP code level. Covers measures related to health status, health outcomes, prevention, and health risk behaviors.
Additional links: Compare Counties, Interactive Map, PLACES Data Portal
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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New York Project ECHO
Provides community-based clinicians with skills and knowledge to treat complex patients in their local practices to improve health outcomes and reduce geographic barriers and cost of care through a multidisciplinary team-based approach. Offers continuing education credits (CME) for ECHO participation.
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organizations: University of Rochester Medical Center Rochester (URMC), URMC Institute for Innovative Education
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New Hampshire Project ECHO
Shares knowledge and increases medical expertise in New Hampshire by connecting interdisciplinary specialists with community-based practitioners using web conferencing technology. Offers a virtual learning network enabling healthcare teams to manage complex health conditions within their communities.
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organizations: New Hampshire Citizens Health Initiative, University of New Hampshire Institute for Health Policy and Practice
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South Carolina Rural Healthcare Resource Dashboard
Informational tool with data to provide South Carolina communities with information they may need to make decisions, implement programs, and target specific areas of need. Includes census/demographic data, healthcare resource data, and statistics on disease incidence, healthcare utilization, health behaviors, and socioeconomics.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Center for Rural and Primary Healthcare
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The Virtual Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH): A Model for Idaho's Rural and Underserved Communities
Describes the virtual Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH), including benefits such as reduced cost of care and increased access to and quality of care. Discusses how telehealth and community health emergency medical services (CHEMS) will be used in the PCMH model. Includes contact information for Public Health District Small Rural Hospital Improvement (SHIP) Grant Project Managers.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
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Telemedicine for Health Equity Toolkit
Toolkit providing information and guidance for safety-net healthcare systems on telemedicine program development and implementation. Includes sections with information for leadership, providers and teams, and considerations for reaching rural and underserved populations to address health disparities. Toolkit will be regularly updated to reflect regulatory changes and insights from healthcare administrators.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: Center for Care Innovations, Commonwealth Fund, UCSF Center for Vulnerable Populations
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