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Resources by Topic: Community engagement and volunteerism

The Magic of APRIL
Photovoice project from the 2023 Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living (APRIL) Conference. Project highlights APRIL's conference, describes Photovoice principles, and identifies themes that emerged from the Photovoice exercise in addition to the Photovoice project.
Date: 11/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Association of Programs for Rural Independent Living, Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities
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South Dakota's Regional Services Designation Ambulance System Study
Report offering analysis of stakeholder interviews and performance data of emergency medical service (EMS) in rural South Dakota. Discusses recruitment and retention of workforce, volunteerism, training, data analysis, telehealth, access, and more. Offers recommendations based on key findings and a timeline for implementation.
Date: 11/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Healthcare Strategists, South Dakota Department of Health
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Nursing Students Bring Free Care to Rural Virginia with Student-Run Mobile Health Clinic
Features Old Dominion University's mobile health clinic, which provides healthcare services in rural southeastern Virginia while providing clinical opportunities to nursing students.
Author(s): Gretel Kauffman
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 11/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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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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