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Resources by Topic: Community engagement and volunteerism

Strategies for Rural Health Leaders' Success in a Post-COVID-19 World
Playbook for rural hospital leaders to approach COVID-19 response, vaccination, and related public health efforts. Discusses strategies for countering misinformation through partnerships with community institutions, conducting assessments of community vaccination needs, and communications and engagement. Features case studies of hospitals serving rural communities, and offers links to other tools and resources.
Additional links: Webinar: Rural Health Leaders on Strategies for Pandemic and Beyond
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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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: 04/2022
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Beyond Patient Care: A Qualitative Study of Rural Hospitals' Role in Improving Community Health
Explores rural hospitals' motivations and strategies to engage in community health improvement efforts. Presents findings from eleven interviews with key informants from 4 Midwestern hospitals and identifies common themes.
Author(s): Mochamad Muska Nataliansyah, Xi Zhu, Thomas Vaughn, Keith Mueller
Citation: BMJ Open, 12(3), e057450
Date: 03/2022
Type: Document
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Engaging Communities Through Issues Forums: A How-To Guide for Onsite and Online Community Engagement
Offers guidance on community forums as a technical education tool, including information on planning and hosting a forum, strategies for engaging communities, and resources to support committees and stakeholders. Features examples from forums on farm vitality, farmer mental health, and family health. Requires email registration to view the guide as a flipbook, with a PDF download option at the bottom of the screen.
Author(s): Maria Pippidis, Bonnie Braun, Jessie Ketterman, Shoshanah Inwood, Nicole Wright
Date: 03/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Cooperative Extension Service
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Bridging the Urban-Rural Divide in Chronic Disease Through Community Engagement in Health Program Delivery
Discusses health disparities in rural versus urban communities in North Carolina and possible solutions for community-centered change. Includes charts and maps that detail rural-urban differences in mortality, heart disease, and housing problems.
Author(s): Lori Carter-Edwards, Monica M. Taylor
Citation: North Carolina Medical Journal, 83(2), 103-106
Date: 03/2022
Type: Document
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Rural Emergency Hospital Conversion: Critical Factors for EMS Support
Policy position paper focused on emergency medical services (EMS) in communities with hospitals converting to Rural Emergency Hospital (REH) status. Outlines barriers to EMS delivery in rural areas including funding, workforce, and community engagement and support. Includes policy recommendations.
Author(s): Julie Bosak, Jed Hansen
Date: 02/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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2021 Transportation Trends
Identifies trends and issues affecting the availability of accessible transportation for older adults and people with disabilities. Includes sections on rural community engagement and rural volunteer transportation programs. Highlights examples of programs underway in rural areas to address transportation needs.
Date: 02/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Aging and Disability Transportation Center
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Social Cohesion and Social Engagement among Older Adults Aging in Place: Rural/Urban Differences
Results of a study examining rural/urban differences in social cohesion and social engagement for older adults aging in place, and within-rural differences by race and ethnicity. Uses survey data collected in 2019 from 3,343 Medicare beneficiaries age 65 and older.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith, Megan Lahr, Hannah MacDougall, John Mulcahy
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
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Civic Engagement and Civic Infrastructure to Advance Health Equity
Presents discussions from a workshop on civic engagement and civic infrastructure held by the Roundtable on Population Health Improvement. Topics include participation in democratic processes, civic inclusion and engagement, and the public health impacts of civic participation, including for tribal communities.
Additional links: Read Online
Author(s): Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice
Date: 2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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2021 Wisconsin Population Health and Equity Report Card
Reports on overall health of citizens in Wisconsin in 2021 with a focus on improving equity and eliminating health disparities. Discusses access to quality healthcare, safe and affordable housing, economic resources for children and families, broadband infrastructure, civic engagement, and more. Includes data broken down by education, race and ethnicity, and community type from large metro to rural.
Date: 2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
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