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Resources by Topic: Community engagement and volunteerism

Colorectal Cancer Prevention: Perspectives of Key Players from Social Networks in a Low-Income Rural US Region
Reports on a study based on interviews with "key players" within the social networks of rural Appalachian communities of Kentucky and Ohio. Discusses the role these individuals can play in promoting colorectal cancer (CRC) screenings and identifies the perceived barriers to CRC screenings within their communities.
Author(s): Nancy E. Schoenberg, Kathryn Eddens, Adam Jonas, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Qualitative Studies on Health and Well-being, 11(1), 30396
Date: 02/2016
Type: Document
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An Ethnographic Meta-Synthesis of Three Southwestern Rural Studies
Summarizes the findings from 3 ethnographic, community-partnered studies in rural Colorado and New Mexico. Describes the process of meta-ethnography as a strategy for synthesizing findings.
Author(s): Jennifer B. Averill
Citation: Public Health Nursing, 33(1), 32-41
Date: 01/2016
Type: Document
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Opening Our Doors: Building Strong Sexual Assault Services in Dual and Multi-Service Advocacy Agencies
Guide highlighting 10 high-quality sexual assault service components for dual/multi-service advocacy agencies. Components address organization mission, leadership, oppression, services through the lifespan, long- and short-term needs, training, trauma, and working within communities and systems. Discusses rural throughout.
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Resource Sharing Project
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Strong Hearts, Healthy Communities: A Rural Community-Based Cardiovascular Disease Prevention Program
Presents the Strong Hearts, Healthy Communities (SHHC) program to address gaps in knowledge and approaches to implement community-level interventions for women living in rural, underserved communities. SHHC aims to reduce cardiovascular disease and related healthcare burden by addressing issues such as diet, physical activity behaviors, the local built environment, and social norms.
Author(s): Rebecca A. Seguin, Galen Eldridge, Meredith L. Graham, et al.
Citation: BMC Public Health, 16, 86
Date: 2016
Type: Document
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Lessons Learned from the MAVEN Project Pilot: Using Physician Volunteers to Increase Access to Care via Telehealth
Describes the evaluation of pilot program of the Medical Alumni Volunteer Expert Network (MAVEN) Project, which used experienced volunteer physicians to provide consults via telehealth to rural and inner-city providers. Pilot program offered telehealth visits at 3 community health centers in Massachusetts and California.
Author(s): Lori Uscher-Pines, Robert S. Rudin
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RAND Corporation
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A Community-Driven Intervention in Tuftonboro, New Hampshire, Succeeds in Altering Water Testing Behavior
Reports on a community-based program coordinating with state-level programs to identify well water contaminants in rural Tuftonboro, New Hampshire. Discusses the different contaminates, their sources, and the potential health effects they cause. Presents research on community engagement and models for community-level interventions.
Author(s): Michael P. Paul, Pierce Rigrod, Steve Wingate, Mark E. Borsuk
Citation: Journal of Environmental Health, 78(5), 30-39
Date: 12/2015
Type: Document
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Coming Full Circle
Profiles Paula Lynch, who was helped by HopeWest Hospice's Mending Hearts adult grief support program after the loss of her son. She now gives back by helping others as she was helped.
Author(s): Kate Menzies
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Service Learning: A Vehicle for Building Health Equity and Eliminating Health Disparities
Details 5 different seven-day long service learning courses for emerging health professionals focused on urban, rural, border, and indigenous health. Includes information on the course themes, partners, impacts on the students, and communities.
Author(s): Samantha Sabo, Jill de Zapien, Nicolette Teufel-Shone, et al.
Citation: American Journal of Public Health, 105(Suppl 1), S38-S43
Date: 03/2015
Type: Document
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Community Connections: Ideas & Innovations for Hospital Leaders
Report from the American Hospital Association's Community Connections initiative highlighting ten innovative human service programs. These programs are organized into four categories: social and basic needs, health promotion, access and coverage, and quality of life. Some included programs address specific challenges faced in rural communities.
Date: 01/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Community Members' Input into Cancer Prevention Campaign Development and Experience Being Featured in the Campaign
Explores the partnership between cancer researchers and community members who worked together to develop county-specific media campaigns to improve colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates and fruit and vegetable consumption in Appalachian Ohio. Covers the experiences of community members featured in the media campaigns. Includes demographic information for both media campaigns, such as gender, education, personal history of CRC, and first-degree relative with CRC.
Author(s): Mira L. Katz, Brittney Keller, Cathy M. Tatum, et al.
Citation: Progress in Community Health Partnerships, 9(2), 149-156
Date: 2015
Type: Document
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