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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Culture and cultural competency

Doulas Provide Support for Maternal and Infant Health in Rural Communities
Features a New Mexico doula program that reaches American Indian, Hispanic, and other populations who lack nearby labor/delivery units, a Minnesota program helping moms experiencing incarceration, and a North Dakota program training postpartum doulas to care for families impacted by opioid use disorder and other substance use.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 10/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Vaccine Central
Resources to support health departments, community-based organizations, and others with vaccine efforts among refugee, immigrant, and migrant communities.
Additional links: A Checklist for COVID-19 Vaccine Roll-out Among Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants, COVID-19 Vaccines - Focus Group Discussion (FGD) Facilitation Guide, COVID-19 Vaccines - Focus Group Discussion (FGD) Note-Taking Guide & Template, Guide: Mobile COVID-19 Vaccination Campaigns for Refugee, Immigrant and Migrant (RIM) Communities
Date: 10/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Resource Center for Refugees, Immigrants, and Migrants
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Mental Health System Development in Rural and Remote Areas during COVID-19
Report highlights the barriers faced by rural, remote, and tribal communities to accessing mental healthcare during the COVID-19 pandemic. Details rates of mental health treatment over the past year and compares rural and urban communities. Discusses factors affecting access in rural areas such as workforce shortages, lack of telehealth services, and lack of culturally competent care for American Indian and Alaska Native populations, among others.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of State Mental Health Program Directors
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COVID-19: Southern Border Toolkit for Partners
Provides resources to help communities provide timely, effective, and culturally appropriate COVID-19 messaging along the United States-Mexico border. Includes sample social media posts, print publications, radio public service announcements, and videos in English and Spanish.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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CMS Office of Minority Health COVID-19 Vaccine Resources
Vaccination resources for healthcare providers and community partners working with racial and ethnic minorities, people with disabilities, people with limited English proficiency, sexual and gender minorities, and rural populations. Provides resources to share with consumers and patients, including information in different languages.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, CMS Office of Minority Health
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Prevention, Treatment, and Recovery Innovations in Native American Communities
Report highlights the efforts of tribal programs to address opioid use disorder in their communities. Presents success stories of programs providing culturally competent treatment, prevention, and recovery for American Indian and Alaska Native communities in several states.
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National American Indian and Alaska Native Addiction Technology Transfer Center
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Partnering With Tribal Nations For Covid-19 Vaccinations: A Case Study Of Alaska
Report highlights the collaboration between the Alaska public health department and Alaska Native tribal leaders on the state's COVID-19 vaccination effort. Details vaccination rates of the Native population by region and discusses vaccine distribution strategies.
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Division of Public Health
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Exploring the Role of Critical Health Literacy in Addressing the Social Determinants of Health
Brief reporting on a workshop held by the Roundtable on Health Literacy that explored Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) and health literacy to serve vulnerable communities. Discusses SDOH models, research methods to engage communities, and critical health literacy. Project examples include work with rural Native American communities.
Author(s): Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Tri-Area Community Health Provides Community-Focused Integrated Care
Features a rural Virginia Federally Qualified Health Center that provides integrated primary care and behavioral health services. Discusses how services have been adapted to meet the needs of a growing Hispanic population, and describes a behavioral health training program offered in partnership with Radford University.
Author(s): Kathryn Rutz
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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The Road to Equity: Examining Structural Racism in Health Care
Recordings of a 2-day forum on health equity, structural racism in healthcare, and the role of federal agencies in responding to issues of inequity. Day 2 includes a presentation on rural-specific issues including health disparities, access to healthcare, facility closures and workforce issues.
Additional links: Day 1 Transcript, Day 2 Recording, Day 2 Transcript
Date: 04/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: CDC's Office of Minority Health & Health Equity
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