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Resources by Topic: Community and faith-based initiatives

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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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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Communicating about Opioids in Appalachia: Challenges, Opportunities, and Best Practices
Describes how opioids are affecting Appalachia and offers suggestions on how community-based organizations can promote prevention and treatment, and eliminate the stigma of addiction.
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Appalachian Regional Commission, Oak Ridge Associated Universities
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Leveraging Research and Philanthropy to Reduce Crime and Violence in the Mississippi Delta
Explores how foundations fund public safety projects, focusing on Phillips County, Arkansas and Coahoma County, Mississippi. Features background on violence and crime in rural areas, including a description of the research literature. Proposes framework for selecting and implementing violence prevention and intervention on the community level.
Author(s): Jessica Saunders, Dionne Barnes-Proby, Samuel Peterson
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RAND Corporation
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Models and Strategies to Integrate Palliative Care Principles into Care for People with Serious Illness: Proceedings of a Workshop
Summarizes presentations, discussions, and workshop participant suggestions for improving the quality of, expanding access to, and supporting policies for community-based palliative care. Provides examples of community-based palliative care models, including a model for reaching patients in rural underserved areas.
Additional links: Read Online
Author(s): Roundtable on Quality Care for People with Serious Illness
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Leading a Faith-Based Charge Against Opioid Abuse: How a Minnesota Rural Health Organization Became a National Leader
Describes prescription drug abuse treatment efforts of CHI St. Gabriel's Health, a multifacility rural health organization in Little Falls, Minnesota.
Author(s): Patrick Rioux
Citation: Health Progress, 99(2), 29-32
Date: 2018
Type: Document
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Ursuline Sisters HIV/AIDS Ministry
Video highlighting a faith-based HIV/AIDS program in northeast Ohio that provides support groups, an HIV clinic, children's programs, a food and household item pantry, a housing program, and a peer navigator program.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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