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Resources by Topic: Community and faith-based initiatives

Pacific County, Wash.: Connection to Services Through Jail Screening and Referral
Describes efforts of a rural Washington State community to address the number of people with mental illnesses in their jail, as part of the national "Stepping Up" initiative. Examines the process of screening and providing connections to community-based providers.
Author(s): Nastassia Walsh
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Counties
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Calaveras County, Calif.: Connecting Justice-Involved People to Treatment and Services
Describes best practice strategies used by a rural northern California county as part of the national "Stepping Up" initiative, for the purpose of reducing the number of adults with mental illness in jails and connecting them to community-based treatment.
Author(s): Nastassia Walsh
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Counties
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Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Spotlight on Opioids
Provides data on prevalence of substance use, and opioid misuse, use disorders, overdoses, and related topics. Includes discussion of prevention programs and screening.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Using Community-based Participatory Research to Develop Healthy Retail Strategies in Native American-owned Convenience Stores: The THRIVE Study
Highlights a study on the Tribal Health and Resilience in Vulnerable Environments (THRIVE) retail intervention that implements healthy food options in convenience stores in Native American communities. Details a the results of a participant survey about the perceived food environment in their communities and describes the implementation strategies, as well as the foods offered by the intervention.
Author(s): Valarie Blue Bird Jernigan, Mary Williams, Marianna Wetherill, et al.
Citation: Preventive Medicine Reports, 11, 148-153
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
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Much More Than Money — The Impact of Small Rural Foundations
Blog post describing 5 ways in which small foundations in rural areas leverage non-financial assets to improve their communities.
Author(s): Allen Smart
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Exponent Philanthropy
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Conducting a Randomized Trial in Rural and Urban Safety-Net Health Centers: Added Value of Community-Based Participatory Research
Results of a colorectal cancer screening study using data from two health networks comprising 11 Federally Qualified Health Centers in metropolitan St. Louis and rural Missouri. Examines characteristics of the 483 participants and differences between the rural and urban health centers where the screenings took place. Features demographic statistics.
Author(s): Meera Muthukrishnan, Siobhan Sutcliffe, Jean M. Hunleth, et al.
Citation: Contemporary Clinical Trials Communications, 10, 29-35
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
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Rural Hunger in America: Summer Meals
Describes how Summer Nutrition Programs reduce food insecurity for low-income children in rural areas and offers strategies that can help rural communities overcome barriers to participation in these programs.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Food Research & Action Center
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Minnesota Accountable Community for Health Saves Medicaid $3.8 Million Through Its Opioid Prevention Initiative
Details the opioid prevention and cost saving efforts of a community health initiative in Morrison County, Minnesota. Discusses the measures implemented and the various participating entities, such as providers, pharmacies, social services, and law enforcement, among others.
Author(s): Amy Clary
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Academy for State Health Policy
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FY 2019 Budget Hearing--Investments in Our Health Workforce and Rural Communities
U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Appropriations hearing on investments in health workforce programs, initiatives supporting infrastructure in rural communities, and response to the opioid epidemic. The hearing begins at the 11:30 point in the video.
Author(s): Tom Morris, Luis Padilla
Date: 04/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: U.S. House of Representatives
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Strategies to Combat Opioid Use in Rural Communities
Webinar discussing evidence-based, cost-effective prevention, treatment, and recovery programs successfully used in rural settings to combat opioid problems. Described community organizing strategies to engage local stakeholders. Presented by John Gale from the Maine Rural Health Research Center.
Additional links: Presentation Slides, Transcript, Webinar Recording
Date: 01/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Research Gateway
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