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Resources by Topic: Community engagement and volunteerism

Wisconsin 2023 Community Benefits Report
Summarizes the community benefit activities provided by hospitals and health systems in various Wisconsin regions. Provides information on individual programs that promote access to healthcare and wellness in their regions, including rural programs.
Date: 11/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Hospital Association
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Community Well-Being and Civil Discourse in Nonmetropolitan Nebraska
Analyzes 2023 Nebraska Rural Poll Results related to how rural Nebraskans perceive community supports, political opportunities and discourse, and impacts of politics on community culture, engagement, and civility. Includes survey data and demographic information on survey respondents.
Author(s): Rebecca Vogt, Heather Akin, Cheryl Burkhart-Kriesel, et al.
Date: 10/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Nebraska-Lincoln
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Rural Hospital Experiences in the Colorado Hospital Transformation Program
Provides an overview of the Colorado Hospital Transformation Program (CO HTP), a 5-year program that ties Medicaid supplemental payments to hospitals' ability to meet performance targets through September 2026. Describes the experiences of three Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and explores how CO HTP impacts rural hospitals. Covers planning and community engagement, quality of care, and healthcare costs.
Date: 10/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Creating and Implementing a Community Engagement Strategy for the 2022–2027 Illinois Comprehensive Cancer Control Plan Through an Academic–State Public Health Department Partnership
Provides an overview of the comprehensive cancer control (CCC) plan for the state of Illinois which focuses on cancer prevention and health equity strategies. Discusses the process of creating a CCC plan by engaging community members through town halls and focus groups as well as ensuring representation from diverse citizens, including cancer survivors and caregivers, underrepresented groups, and rural residents.
Author(s): Leslie R. Carnahan, Colleen Hallock, Brenda Soto, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 20
Date: 08/2023
Type: Document
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New Growth Transit: Community-Based Transit for Rural Communities
Video featuring West Central Missouri Community Action Agency's New Growth Transit volunteer driver network, which provides transportation for mobility-challenged clients living in 9 rural counties in West Central Missouri.
Date: 08/2023
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Meals on Wheels and Rural Communities, with Carter Florence and Shon Gress
An episode of the Exploring Rural Health podcast featuring Carter Florence, DrPH, MPH, Vice President of Programs with Meals on Wheels America, and Shon Gress, CEO and Executive Director of Meals on Wheels Guernsey County. Focuses on the benefits of the program, the impact of braided funding, and how rural stakeholders can get involved.
Date: 08/2023
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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The Frontier of Harm Reduction: Expanding Services for Rural People Who Use Drugs
Describes how harm reduction approaches help reduce health risks related to substance use and explains how these approaches are being adapted in rural areas. Highlights innovative harm reduction strategies being used in rural communities in Alaska, Wisconsin, and South Dakota.
Author(s): Brendan Stermer
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 07/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Supporting Local Multisector Plans for Aging in Rural Communities
Highlights a philanthropic initiative to develop Multisector Plans for Aging (MPAs) covering 7 rural California counties. Discusses community engagement and resources for more learning.
Author(s): Pauline Delange Martinez
Date: 06/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Society on Aging
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DRCHSD Spotlight on Natchitoches Regional Medical Center
Profiles Natchitoches Regional Medical Center (NRMC) in Natchitoches, Louisiana. Discusses how NRMC implemented best practices from the Delta Region Community Health Systems Development Program to improve their emergency department redirect program and form community partnerships to address social determinants of health and improve the health of the population.
Date: 05/2023
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Ste Genevieve County Memorial Hospital Spotlight
Describes how Ste. Genevieve County Memorial Hospital in Ste. Genevieve, Missouri, and the Delta Region Community Health Systems Development Program created community partnerships to holistically care for patients by focusing on food, recreation, and exercise.
Date: 05/2023
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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