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Resources by Topic: Community and faith-based initiatives

Building Partnerships with Rural Arkansas Faith Communities to Promote Veterans' Mental Health: Lessons Learned
Highlights a study of 3 mental health-clergy partnership programs in rural Arkansas. Breaks down demographic information of program locations and presents a qualitative assessment of each program.
Author(s): Greer Sullivan, Justin Hunt, Tiffany F. Haynes, et al.
Citation: Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 8(1), 11-19
Date: 2014
Type: Document
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A Church-Based Diet and Physical Activity Intervention for Rural, Lower Mississippi Delta African American Adults: Delta Body and Soul Effectiveness Study, 2010–2011
Study of 6-month-long interventions in 8 self-selected churches in 4 counties. Features statistics including sex, weight group, smoking status, employment, types of chronic disease and medication use, and levels of physical activity.
Author(s): Lisa Tussing-Humphreys, Jessica L. Thomson, Tanyatta Mayo, Emanuel Edmond
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 10
Date: 06/2013
Type: Document
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Food Pantries Serving More and More of the Rural Poor
Highlights food pantries and other volunteer operations that serve rural households experiencing food insecurity, often for the first time.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Despite Challenges, Rural Housing Organizations Meet Big Needs in Small Towns
Provides an update on Kansas and Illinois housing organizations previously featured in the Rural Monitor. These programs address housing needs for special populations including the elderly.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Hearts and Hands: Piecing Together Faith and Safety for Rural Victims of Sexual and Domestic Violence
Toolkit created to support partnerships between faith leaders and domestic violence victim services providers in rural communities. Includes information on how to understand the faith community's role in supporting domestic violence victims, challenges and lessons learned, and examples of model programs in rural New York, Massachusetts, and South Dakota.
Date: 2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Safe Havens Interfaith Partnership Against Domestic Violence
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VISN 16: Developing a VA/Clergy Partnership to Increase Access to Mental Health Services Among Rural Veterans
Describes a partnership project designed to improve access to mental health care for rural Veterans in Jefferson County, Pope County, Union County, and White County, Arkansas.
Author(s): Steve Sullivan, Greer Sullivan
Date: 2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Veterans Health Administration's Office of Rural Health
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Feasibility of an Evidence-Based Weight Loss Intervention for a Faith-Based, Rural, African American Population
Discusses a culturally appropriate program created by a coalition of academic and community partners and geared toward adults in three African American churches in the Arkansas Lower Mississippi Delta. Measured effectiveness of recruitment strategies, program retention, implementation ease, participant outcomes, and program satisfaction.
Author(s): Karen Hye-cheon Kim Yeary, Carol E. Cornell, Jerome Turner, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 8(6)
Date: 11/2011
Type: Document
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We Can Do This: COVID-19 Public Education Campaign
Resources to help community partners promote COVID-19 vaccine confidence and encourage prevention in the communities they serve. Includes educational materials in a wide range of formats and targeted to specific audiences. Provides information on the COVID-19 Community Corps, a grassroots network of people serving as trusted voices in their community regarding vaccination.
Additional links: The COVID-19 Community Corps
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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COPD National Action Plan: Community Action Tool
Platform offering information on community activities related to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Activities Listings and Details page offers a continually updated list of reported activities that can be narrowed by the type of organization that administered the activity, the target audience, activity type, and geographic scope, including rural and urban communities.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health
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COVID-19 Vaccine Education Initiative
Vaccine education resources designed to reach different audiences, including communities of color disproportionately affected by COVID-19. Includes TV, radio, print, digital public service announcements, and identifies upcoming events supporting vaccine education.
Additional links: Black Community Education Toolkit, Black Faith Community Toolkit, Community Education Toolkit, Hispanic Community Education Toolkit, Hispanic Faith Community Toolkit, Rural Community Education Toolkit
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: Ad Council, COVID Collaborative
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