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Resources by Topic: Community engagement and volunteerism

Rural America Placemaking Toolkit
Provides information and strategies for rural community placemaking through public spaces, community arts, downtown revitalization, and design. Discusses processes for community and cultural assessments, and covers food access initiatives and healthcare in the Cross-Sector Partnerships module. Includes directories of organizations offering technical assistance and financial assistance.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Community & Economic Development Initiative of Kentucky, USDA Rural Development
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12 COVID-19 Vaccination Strategies for Your Community
Identifies evidence-based strategies communities can use to promote COVID-19 vaccine confidence and uptake. For each strategy, describes the barriers it addresses and research base for the approach.
Additional links: Addendum: Rural Considerations for Vaccine Confidence and Uptake Strategies
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Turn to Telehealth Partner Toolkit
Offers resources to support communication and information sharing regarding telehealth services with patients and providers. Includes newsletter templates, social media assets, sample emails, tip sheets, and more.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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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.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Institutes of Health
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National Rural Health Day Promotional Toolkit
Contains customizable resources for for community stakeholders, including hospitals, clinics, first responders, public health and elected officials, non-profits, civic organizations, to engage employees and the community in National Rural Health Day events and activities. Includes template social media posts, press releases, posters and flyers, and planning calendars.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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Providing Developmental Screenings and Services in Rural Communities
Discusses barriers rural communities face in providing developmental screenings to children. Highlights a program in Alaska that builds community coalitions to raise awareness about the importance of early childhood programs and to provide screenings and referrals. Offers recommendations for others seeking to build early childhood development coalitions.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Institute for Children's Healthcare Quality
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Opioid Epidemic Practical Toolkit: Helping Faith and Community Leaders Bring Hope and Healing to Our Communities
Provides practical steps that community and faith-based organizations can take to help address the opioid crisis. Includes information on awareness, prevention, and recovery support. Also covers community capacity building, collaboration, and federal resources.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: HHS Center for Faith-based and Neighborhood Partnerships (The Partnership Center)
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Case Study: Health Coaches Partner with Community Members to Achieve Health and Wellness Goals
Details key steps and lessons learned to implementing a Health Coach program at Saunders Medical Center in Wahoo, Nebraska. Describes the program serving Wahoo and its surrounding communities. Provides education and advocacy for patients' overall health that produced positive results in four areas: mental health, breast health, diabetes, and obesity.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Bryan Health, Edge Wellness, Family Service Lincoln, Saunders County Prevention Coalition, Saunders Medical Center, Three Rivers Public Health Department, Wahoo Parks and Recreation
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Case Study: Hospital Partners with Local High Schools to Prepare Students for Health Care Professions
Discusses the structure and organization of Box Butte General Hospital's (BBGH) Health Professions Club, which engages local high school students in healthcare career preparation activities in Alliance, Nebraska. Covers program goals, including educating area students about healthcare careers and creating and recruiting a well-prepared rural healthcare workforce.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Case Study: Community Fitness Initiative Helps Lower Childhood Obesity Rates
Details key steps and lessons learned of community stakeholders in Lexington, Nebraska, regarding an initiative aimed at reducing local childhood obesity rates. Using a partnership approach, leaders at Lexington Regional Health Center successfully implemented a community-wide program, the Community Fitness Initiative (CFI), to reduce obesity rates in area schools.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Bryan Health, City of Lexington Nebraska, Lexington Community Foundation, Lexington Public Schools, Lexington Regional Health Center
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