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Resources by Topic: Community engagement and volunteerism

Addressing Opioid Misuse through Community-Engaged Strategy Development: Study Protocol of a Randomized Controlled Trial
Describes the design of a research study to evaluate the effectiveness of the SEED Method and a modified Delphi method for the recruitment of participants to a community-based participatory research project. Study participants will develop strategies to respond to the opioid epidemic in three rural Virginia communities.
Author(s): Emily B. Zimmerman, Carlin Rafie, Sophie G. Wenzel, et al.
Citation: Research Involvement and Engagement, 10, 74
Date: 07/2024
Type: Document
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Rising Through the Ranks: Q&A with Rural Hospital President Soniya Fidler
An interview with UCHealth Yampa Valley Medical Center President Soniya Fidler, who reflects on the journey that took her from an entry-level hospital position to a leadership role and shares insights about the skills needed to transition from management to leadership.
Author(s): Hallie Vonk
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 06/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Health Disparities in Tennessee
Examines health disparities experienced by Tennessee residents. Measures include life expectancy, health equity, healthcare access, mental health and trauma, infectious disease, chronic disease, cancer, reproductive health, and age-specific health. Features statistics with breakdowns by race, ethnicity, gender, and urban or rural location.
Date: 05/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Tennessee Department of Health
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Task Force on Maternal Mental Health: National Strategy to Improve Maternal Mental Health Care
Offers 5 recommendations for improving maternal mental health and associated substance use disorders using a whole-government approach by building infrastructure to improve care. Recommendations discuss federal collaboration, accessibility of care, data gathering, prevention strategies, and engaging those with lived experience. Discusses rural throughout.
Date: 05/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Implementation Characteristics That May Promote Sustainability of a Rural Physical Activity Initiative: Examination of Play Streets Through the Lens of Community Implementers
Discusses implementation of Play Streets, a community-based initiative to create safe physical activity areas for children and families, from interviews with program team members in rural Maryland, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Texas. Highlights factors influencing program effectiveness and sustainability, including community engagement, partnerships, and more.
Author(s): Marilyn E. Wende, M. Renée Umstattd Meyer, Cynthia Perry, et al.
Citation: Implementation Science Communications, 5, 48
Date: 05/2024
Type: Document
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Fueling Participation: Boost Engagement in Your Non-Congregate Summer Meals Program Through Marketing and Promotion
A recorded webinar that provides feedback from non-congregate meal program leaders on how to increase participation through community outreach and engagement. Transcript available below description.
Author(s): Josh Proffitt, Liannis Perez, Justine Roberts, Peggy Hamby
Date: 04/2024
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: No Kid Hungry
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Does Engagement Matter? The Impact of Patient and Community Engagement on Implementation of Cardiovascular Health Materials in Primary Care Settings
Analyzes New Mexico and Colorado primary care practices' uptake of cardiovascular disease prevention materials produced through Boot Camp Translation (BCT), a participatory research strategy where community members and patients adapt medical information into messages and materials that reflect local culture and language. Compares practices' likelihood of selecting materials produced locally and by demographically and geographically similar BCTs.
Author(s): Linda Zittleman, John M. Westfall, Danelle Callen, et al.
Citation: BMC Primary Care, 25, 135
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
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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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