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Resources by Topic: Community engagement and volunteerism

Community Participation for Rural Health: A Review of Challenges
Critical review of international literature, intended to stimulate debate, present ideas, and provide a representation of rural community participation at the grass-roots level.
Author(s): Amanda Kenny, Jane Farmer, Virginia Dickson-Swift, Nerida Hyett
Citation: Health Expectations, 18(6), 1906-1917
Date: 12/2014
Type: Document
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Young Volunteers Aid, Stay Engaged In Their Communities
Discusses volunteerism in rural youth and how they can connect with their community and learn the importance of service.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 11/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Volunteering A Win-Win for Seniors and Rural Communities
Discusses the role of senior volunteers in rural communities and how rural nonprofit organizations benefit from their expertise.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 11/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Community Engagement Toolkit for Rural Hospitals
Designed to help rural hospital administrators leverage their hospital's strengths and resources to engage in a meaningful dialogue about health reform and sustainable community partnerships. Includes several outlines, templates, and recommendations to help leaders assess their facility's current projects and prepare for future efforts.
Date: 10/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Washington State Hospital Association
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Using Community Advisory Boards to Reduce Environmental Barriers to Health in American Indian Communities, Wisconsin, 2007-2012
Describes a project in which community advisory boards (CABs) were established by residents of the Menominee, Lac du Flambeau, and Bad River rural tribal communities and university partners, for the purpose of eliminating barriers to healthy nutrition and physical activity and fostering improvement in overall community health.
Author(s): Alexandra K. Adams, Jamie R. Scott, Ron Prince, Amy Williamson
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 11
Date: 09/2014
Type: Document
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Adapting and Implementing an Evidence-Based Sun-Safety Education Program in Rural Idaho, 2012
Describes the process St. Luke's Mountain States Tumor Institute (MSTI) took to engage and partner with a community organization to implement an evidence-based sun-safety program in rural Idaho. Includes information on identifying and recruiting a community partner; selecting an evidence-based program; and planning, implementing, sustaining, and expanding the program.
Author(s): Charlene Cariou, Melanie Gonzales, Hope Krebill
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 11, 130268
Date: 05/2014
Type: Document
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The Impact of a Prevention Delivery System on Perceived Social Capital: The Prosper Project
Examines the impacts of Promoting School-Community-University Partnerships to Enhance Resilience (PROSPER) as a delivery system for evidence-based prevention programs in rural and semi-rural communities. PROSPER is a collaborative community health initiative involving individuals and organizations with similar interests that bring together a wide range of expertise and resources for a common goal.
Author(s): Sarah M. Chilenski, Patricia M. Ang, Mark T. Greenberg, Mark E. Feinberg, Richard Spoth
Citation: Prevention Sciences, 15(2), 125-137
Date: 04/2014
Type: Document
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Building Partnerships in Community-Based Participatory Research: Budgetary and Other Cost Considerations
Explores costs and budget considerations when implementing a community-based participatory research (CBPR) framework to work with communities to reduce health disparities. Analysis can inform budget discussions and assist with planning CBPR project timelines. Table 1 details budget concerns for CBPR project staff and Table 2 lists opportunity costs associated with community partners for a CBPR project.
Author(s): Theresa J. Hoeft, Wylie Burke, Scarlett E. Hopkins, et al.
Citation: Health Promotion Practice, 15(2), 263-270
Date: 03/2014
Type: Document
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The StrongWomen Change Clubs: Engaging Residents to Catalyze Positive Change in Food and Physical Activity Environments
Overview of StrongWomen Change Clubs (SWCC), an organization developed through an academic-community research partnership to initiate changes to improve nutrition and physical activity environments for women in rural communities in seven states across the country.
Author(s): Rebecca A. Seguin, Sara C. Folta, Mackenzie Sehlke, et al.
Citation: Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2014, 162403
Date: 2014
Type: Document
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Formative Evaluation for a Healthy Corner Store Initiative in Pitt County, North Carolina: Assessing the Rural Food Environment, Part 1
Describes a consumer food environment in rural eastern North Carolina to guide planning and implementation of a Communities Putting Prevention to Work initiative to open a health corner store. Discusses lessons learned and provides nutrition environment comparison data for a rural food desert store versus urban nonfood desert store.
Author(s): Stephanie B. Jilcott Pitts, Karamie R. Bringolf, Katherine K. Lawton, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 10
Date: 07/2013
Type: Document
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