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Resources by Topic: Access

Healthcare Access in Rural Communities Topic Guide
Provides resources and answers frequently asked questions related to healthcare access. Discusses the importance of primary care for rural residents and covers barriers to healthcare access in rural areas, such as transportation, insurance, and workforce issues. Highlights strategies to improve access to care for rural residents.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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PubMed Search: Rural Healthcare Access
Searches PubMed's collection of journal article citations on healthcare access and rural health in the U.S.
Type: Literature Search
Sponsoring organization: U.S. National Library of Medicine
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CREATE: Improving Rural Veterans' Access/Engagement in Evidence-Based Mental Healthcare
Identifies projects to increase access to evidence-based mental health services delivered by the Veteran Administration's community-based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) in rural areas.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: VA Health Services Research & Development Service
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Finding Healthcare in Rural Rhode Island
Contains a list of services located near rural areas for residents in Rhode Island including health centers, oral health centers, WIC sites, food assistance programs, homeless shelters, domestic violence centers, and substance abuse programs.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rhode Island Department of Health
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Medical Expenditure Panel Survey (MEPS)
Provides data on healthcare access, healthcare quality, health services utilization, cost, and payment methods. Also provides data on health insurance coverage, cost, scope, and breadth. Some topics include metropolitan and nonmetropolitan data.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports Data Query
Interactive tool for accessing national and state data from the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports, including trends. To view national rural data, select "Residence Location" under subject area, "Micropolitan" or "Noncore" under topic, and "Location of patient residence" under category.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Colorado County Health Profiles
Illustrates health data by county, region, and the state of Colorado for demographics, population, employment, income, health insurance, healthcare workforce, healthcare utilization, health status, oral health, food security, and more.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Health Institute
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Community Health Systems Development (CHSD)
A team of consultants providing technical assistance to support a broad range of health initiatives, predominately those striving to improve health and access in rural communities throughout the United States.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Georgia Health Policy Center
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Food Access Research Atlas
Provides access to county-level data and an interactive map presenting information on food access indicators for low-income and other subpopulations.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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AHA Community Connections
Provides access to case studies spotlighting hospitals and health systems (some are in rural areas) that have successfully collaborated with local community organizations to promote care coordination, wellness, and prevention. Website also includes tools and resources to help healthcare facilities be accountable and transparent to their communities and deliver quality care.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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