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Resources by Topic: Community engagement and volunteerism

Recruitment and Retention: Overcoming the Rural EMS Dilemma
Reports on rural emergency medical services (EMS) workforce challenges and identifies innovative approaches to meet these challenges, highlighting programs in several states. Includes a list of 4 EMS recruitment and retention tactics for rural communities.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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HEROs in Rural Health: Q&A with Art Kaufman
An interview with Arthur Kaufman, MD, vice chancellor for community health at the University of New Mexico (UNM) Health Sciences Center. Discusses his work creating UNM’s Health Extension Rural Offices (HEROs) program, based on the agricultural extension model. Also covers his role in promoting the use of community health workers and work with UNM’s World Health Organization Collaborating Center.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Principles to Guide Research with Tribal Communities: The Tribal HPOG 2.0 Evaluation in Action
Summarize how a literature review on conducting research and evaluation on American Indian and Alaska Native communities and the Roadmap for Collaborative and Effective Evaluation in Tribal Communities were applied to inform the Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) 2.0 evaluation approach.
Author(s): Michael Meit, Carol Hafford, Catharine Fromknecht, et al.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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Informing the Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) 2.0 Evaluation Design: A Brief Review of the Literature
Summarizes results of a literature review on approaches to conducting research and evaluation in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. Also examines strategies for recruitment and retention in tribal post-secondary education, AI/AN career pathways, and tribal college workforce development programs. Describes how the literature review informed the Tribal Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) 2.0 evaluation design.
Author(s): Michael Meit, Carol Hafford, Catharine Fromknecht, et al.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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Rural Youth Fight for Tobacco-Free Communities
Highlights teen-led programs to prevent tobacco use in rural Kentucky, Vermont, and Montana. Discusses the impact youth can have on local and state policy related to tobacco, and well as the effectiveness youth have in reaching their peers on this issue.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Improving Health in the Mississippi Delta through Powerful Engagement
Describes the financial, educational, and healthcare challenges residents of the Mississippi Delta face. Discusses the Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation, a cancer awareness and prevention program working in rural, African American communities to create a network focused on education, outreach, and advocacy related to cancer.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
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Live Healthy, Live Well, ‘Live Algoma’
Provides an overview of the residents in Algoma, Wisconsin coming together as a community to set goals and work together on health and wellness issues. Working together Algoma residents have created an alternative school, called Pathfinder, out of an old bank, built the Algoma Community Wellness Center, made connections between local industries and schools to create new learning opportunities for students, and more. Algoma is a recipient of the 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Prize.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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A ‘Scrappy’ Push for Health: ‘Our Best Asset Is Our People’
Provides an overview of health challenges in Allen County, Kansas and actions that communities in the area have taken to address them, including fundraising for a local hospital, building bike and walking trails, establishing job training programs, advocating for improved access to healthy food, and more. Allen County is a recipient of the 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Prize.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Promoting a Nutritious Diet Inside and Outside the Hospital
Highlights a rural Vermont hospital's efforts to promote healthier eating habits both inside and outside the hospital by locally sourcing food, encouraging participation in their "Ton of Tomatoes" project, and processing produce to help food-insecure community members. Discusses efforts of other hospitals promoting healthy diets, including removing unhealthy cafeteria meal options and promoting community gardens.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Aging & Healthcare in Rural America: Overlooked Needs, Quiet Strength
Explores reasons for disparities of healthcare in rural areas, including provider shortages and greater burdens of disease among the elderly. Offers suggestions for solutions, such as greater community involvement and philanthropy.
Author(s): Cindy Padilla
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Society on Aging
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