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Resources by Topic: Community engagement and volunteerism

Facing Disproportionate Danger, Rural Communities Take a Grassroots Approach to Road Safety
Discusses rural traffic risks. Features programs in rural communities focused on seat belt use, car seat safety, and addressing impaired and distracted driving.
Author(s): Gretel Kauffman
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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HealthTran: Provider Sustainability and Patient Empowerment
Video featuring Community Asset Builders' HealthTran, a volunteer driver program that helps mobility-challenged clients in over 40 rural Missouri counties get to and from medical appointments.
Date: 03/2024
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Addressing Disparities In Research Informing Personalized Medicine: Recommendations from Underserved Communities: A Research Report
Offers 8 recommendations from representatives of underrepresented biomedical research (UBR) communities for engaging UBR communities in research. Recommendations cover empowering community engagement and the collection and use of health data. Discusses funding for rural health facilities.
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Personalized Medicine Coalition
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Advancing Oral Health Equity in Texas: A Community-Driven Approach
Report offering priority areas for increasing oral health equity in Texas. Discusses oral healthcare access, workforce, and integrating oral and medical healthcare. Discusses rural throughout.
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Health Institute
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Rural Communities and Building Social Connection for Older Adults and People with Disabilities
Discusses social isolation in rural contexts for older adults and people with disabilities. Notes opportunities and resources for social engagement in the areas of transportation, access to healthcare, technology, and community partnerships. Includes examples of social engagement programs.
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commit to Connect
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Rural Heart Health and Community Partnerships, with Jennifer Conner, Jessica Black, and Dianne Connery
An episode of the Exploring Rural Health podcast featuring the American Heart Association's Jennifer Conner and Jessica Black, along with Dianne Connery, Director of the Pottsboro Texas Area Public Library. Focuses on rural heart health, the impact of several recent AHA national initiatives, and the value of local and regional health partnerships.
Date: 02/2024
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Sharing Your Success: Using Photovoice to Document and Communicate the Impact of Independent Living Services
Offers step by step guidelines and best practices for using Photovoice to share impact of a project or service. Includes relevant example release forms, tools, and links to rural example projects.
Author(s): Lillie Greiman, Rayna Sage
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Montana: Rural Institute for Inclusive Communities
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Produce Prescription Programs Offer 'A Holistic Approach' to Addressing Rural Food Insecurity and Diet-Related Disease
Features produce prescription programs serving rural Mississippi, New Mexico, and Vermont that are helping improve access to healthy foods for those with diet-related chronic conditions. Describes how produce Rx programs can support local food systems and discusses funding and sustainability considerations.
Author(s): Brendan Stermer
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Pre-Implementation Adaptation of Suicide Safety Planning Intervention Using Peer Support in Rural Areas
Using a community-based participatory research process, study aimed to identify adaptable components of a veteran-focused suicide intervention as well as barriers and facilitators for implementation in rural Arkansas using peer support. Includes discussion of the benefits of community input early in the research process.
Author(s): Eva N. Woodward, Amanda Lunsford, Rae Brown, et al.
Citation: Frontiers in Health Services, 3
Date: 12/2023
Type: Document
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Health Equity: A Native American Perspective
Discusses health equity from a Native American perspective. Highlights a model of equity that goes beyond overcoming barriers around access and incorporates cultural knowledge, spiritual well-being, and community involvement, among other factors.
Author(s): John Lowe
Citation: Milbank Quarterly
Date: 12/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Milbank Memorial Fund
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