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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Community engagement and volunteerism

Understanding Rural Communities
Podcast featuring an interview with Dennis Mohatt, the Vice President for Behavioral Health at the Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education (WICHE), discussing rural health and the stigma surrounding mental healthcare in rural communities. Covers what it means to work and collaborate with rural partners.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Hogg Foundation for Mental Health
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Community Recruiters
Article describing the process a rural North Dakota community used to recruit two family physicians, through the efforts of community members and representatives of the local Critical Access Hospital.
Author(s): Stacy Kusler
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Toolkit: State Strategies to Develop Value-Based Payment Methodologies for Federally Qualified Health Centers
Designed to help policymakers implement Medicaid value-based payment (VBP) methodologies, by providing background information, key considerations, and state strategies. Table 1 in the Payment Methodologies section gives an overview of select state VBP methodologies for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs).
Author(s): Rachel Donlon, Hannah Dorr, Kitty Purington
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Academy for State Health Policy
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Rural Post-Acute Care: Healthcare Leaders Offer Practical Solutions to Workforce Challenges
Describes methods for preparing and supporting healthcare workers who provide post-acute care in rural areas. Highlights programs that empower and train staff, maximize community partnerships, involve community health workers, and use telemonitoring.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Achieving Rural Health Equity and Well-Being: Proceedings of a Workshop
Proceedings of a workshop designed to explore impacts of economic issues, immigration, and racial inequities in healthcare in rural communities and to learn about asset-based approaches to addressing these challenges. Features statistics including average life expectancy at birth from 1969-2009 with breakdowns by metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas, U.S. maps showing levels of poverty and employment, and a chart showing numbers of rural hospital closures from 2005-2017.
Additional links: Read Online
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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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
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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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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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
Citation: 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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