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Resources by Topic: Community engagement and volunteerism

NIH Community Engagement Alliance (CEAL) Against COVID-19 Disparities
Fact sheets and other resources to help communities most impacted by COVID-19 and encourage involvement in addressing COVID-19 disparities. Covers basic information on COVID-19, vaccination, clinical trials, and the importance of diversity and inclusion in research.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Institutes of Health
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The Hospital as a Convener in Rural Communities
Case study examining the role of rural hospitals as conveners that support community health goals and population health, discussing examples from Michigan and Virginia. Describes community sectors that hospitals can convene, including education, behavioral health, housing, transportation, food, and state and local governments. Offers steps for a hospital to become a convener in their community.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Critical Access Hospital in Oregon Uses Advisory Council and Trainings to Improve Cultural Competency
Features St. Charles Madras, a Critical Access Hospital in Oregon. Highlights how it improved care for American Indian and Latino patients by creating a Patient Family Advisory Council, implementing cultural competency trainings, and installing new artwork representing its community.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Quality Water from Every Tap: Proceedings of a Workshop - in Brief
Summarizes topics covered at a workshop held November 21-22, 2019, including discussion on water quality challenges and suggestions for improvement. Focuses on areas that may lack sufficient resources, such as rural and tribal communities.
Additional links: Read Online
Author(s): Marilee Shelton-Davenport, Stephanie Johnson, Jennifer Saunders
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Interim Guidance on Developing a COVID-19 Case Investigation & Contact Tracing Plan: Overview
Provides a foundation for state, territorial, local, and tribal agencies' identification and investigation of patients with confirmed and probable diagnoses of COVID-19, and identification and monitoring of their contacts who have been exposed to the virus. Includes recommendations for roles and responsibilities for key public health officials and methods for investigating COVID-19 cases.
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Rural Renewal: Three Success Stories, Capturing Prosperity/Health
Showcases success stories from three rural communities that sought to address local health concerns, such as inadequate prenatal care and access to healthy food, and increase access to healthcare and related services. Describes community-based initiatives implemented in Nebraska, New Mexico, and South Carolina.
Author(s): Phillip Polakoff, Dennis Berens, David Angelson
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: A Healthier WE
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1,232 Doses of Pfizer COVID-19 Vaccine Distributed at Coliseum in Dalhart, Texas
Reports on a COVID-19 vaccine clinic in rural Texas that distributing vaccines to residents in a tri-county area, while helping participants to promote the event on social media.
Author(s): Joyce Bezner
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Pennsylvania Municipal Officials' Views on COVID-19 Vaccine and Pennsylvania's Response to the Pandemic
Results of an email survey of 1,009 elected officials, to gather information about their attitudes toward vaccines and the Pennsylvania state government's response to COVID-19. Features statistics on the percentages of officials likely to get vaccinated, who felt the state's response had been effective, and who had recently attended municipal meetings in virtual, in-person, or hybrid formats, with breakdowns by rural or urban location.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Communication Strategies for Community Outreach and Education Webinar Series
8-part webinar series covering communication topics, connecting with rural communities, and telehealth opportunities. Each webinar builds on the others in the series, which is focuses on healthcare leadership. Produced by the DRCHSD (Delta) Program with guest experts from Legato Healthcare.
Date: 12/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: Legato Healthcare, National Rural Health Resource Center
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Re-imagining Leadership: A Pathway for Rural Health to Thrive in a COVID-19 World
A COVID-19 emergency response playbook for rural healthcare delivery systems. Designed to build rural hospital and primary care leadership capacities around strategic thinking and local problem solving. Distills insights from rural hospital administrators, clinicians, and public health experts. Includes an assessment tool to help rural communities examine governance and leadership, community engagement, financial health, clinical care, and emergency preparedness and resilience.
Author(s): Lauren S. Hughes, Benjamin D. Anderson, Darlene B. Tad-y, et al.
Date: 12/2020
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organizations: Colorado Hospital Association, Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center
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