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Resources by Topic: Community engagement and volunteerism

Case Study: Paramedicine Program Strengthens Rural Health Care System
Shares how leaders of Community Hospital in rural McCook, Nebraska reached their goal of reducing ambulance transports, emergency room visits, and hospital readmissions by partnering with community organizations to create the McCook Community Paramedicine program. Focuses on program's approach, key steps, lessons learned, and results.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Bryan Health, City of McCook Fire Department, Community Hospital, Community Hospital Health Foundation, McCook Clinic PC
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Case Study: Community Partnerships Engage Residents in Healthy Living
Explains how Merrick Medical Center, located in Central City, Nebraska, partnered with other community organizations to help residents improve overall health by focusing on fitness and wellness activities. Shares their approach, results, lessons learned, and more from Merrick Medical Center's campaign to reinvent preventive care in the community.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Bader Villa, Bryan Health, Bryan Merrick Medical Center, Central City Public Schools, Cottonwood Estates, Dark Island Walking Trail Association
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Case Study: Hospital's School-to-Work Program Aids Young Adults with Disabilities
Presents results from a Project SEARCH program, carried out by York General Health Care Services, located in York, Nebraska, and several other local partners. Shares approaches, key steps, and lessons learned from York General's work with community stakeholders to prepare and transition young adults with disabilities into the healthcare workforce.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Case Study: Hospital and Fitness Center Join Forces for a Healthy Community
Highlights a partnership between Columbus Community Hospital, located in Columbus, Nebraska, and the YMCA that resulted in a number of additional or improved health and wellness services in the community, including a new fitness center. Shares the key steps, project successes, lessons learned, and more.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Bryan Health, Columbus Community Hospital, YMCA
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Health Extension Toolkit
Intended for a wide audience and designed as a tool for states to use as they collaborate to improve the quality of primary care practices as well as community health, using a model based on the agricultural Cooperative Extension Service. Includes chapters on engagement, the Health Extension model, primary care, population health, and sustainability, and features profiles on lead states Pennsylvania, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Oklahoma.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Wisconsin Partnership Program
Works to build public and community health skills, leadership, and collaboration to improve Wisconsin residents' health. Provides resources for continuing education and training targeted toward healthcare practitioners and providers, healthcare systems, community leaders, and public health agencies.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
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