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Resources by Topic: Evaluation methods and resources

Health Center Program Site Visit Protocol
Standardized review instrument to conduct operational site visits at health centers in rural and urban areas. Can be used to assess health centers' compliance with federal program requirements and to identify clinical and financial performance improvement areas.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bureau of Primary Health Care
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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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National Institutes of Health Pathways to Prevention Workshop: Improving Rural Health Through Telehealth-Guided Provider-to-Provider Communication (Draft)
Examines the barriers and facilitators of rural provider-to-provider collaboration through telehealth based on a systematic review of rural provider-to-provider telehealth and the results of a workshop of rural health experts. Discusses uptake of different types of telehealth, effectiveness of provider-to-provider telehealth for rural patients, effective strategies, and limitations of studies examining rural telehealth. Comments on the draft report are due by Friday, February 4, 2021. See more information on the NIH Office of Disease Prevention's Pathways to Prevention (P2P) Workshops website.
Author(s): Mary Wakefield, Joanne Mather Conroy, Sara McLafferty, et al.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Institutes of Health
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NIH Rural Health Seminar: Structural-Level Determinants of Rural Health Disparities
Recording of a seminar that examines structural-level determinants of rural health disparities, including sociocultural and economic determinants, physical environmental determinants, and research, evaluation, measurement, and policy methods and implications.
Additional links: Seminar Agenda, Speaker Biographies
Date: 11/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities, National Institutes of Health
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Extent of Inclusion of "Rural" in Comprehensive Cancer Control Plans in the United States
Presents a study of 66 comprehensive cancer control plans (CCCPs) created by states, territories, and tribal organizations to assess inclusion of rural-specific strategies. Explains CCCP requirements and offers state-level data on how plans reflect rural population, cancer burden, and disparities.
Author(s): Cathryn Murphy, Sydney Evans, Natoshia Askelson, Jan M. Eberth, Whitney E. Zahnd
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 18, 210091
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
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After Action Review/Improvement Plan: Strategic Planning Toolkit - Behavioral Health Edition
Toolkit provides guidance for completing an after action review of a post-behavioral health intervention. Toolkit is aimed at tribal leaders, public health practitioners, and other healthcare stakeholders in tribal communities. Provides the tools for designing, planning, preparing, and conducting an after action review.
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, American Indian Research Center for Health
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Telehealth for the Treatment of Serious Mental Illness and Substance Use Disorders
Evidence-based resource guide examining telehealth initiatives to treat serious mental illness (SMI) and substance use disorders (SUD) based on published research. Topics cover effectiveness of telehealth modalities, implementation of evidence-based practices, examples of telehealth treatment programs, and evaluation resources. Discusses rural-specific concerns throughout the guide.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Serving High Need/High Cost Patients in the Emergency Department
Provides an overview of high-need/high-cost (HNHC) patient program design, implementation, operation, and assessment for rural hospitals to improve participant health, reduce emergency department (ED) visits, and decrease hospital charges. Includes links to additional resources and HNHC patient program case studies.
Author(s): A. Clinton MacKinney, Christopher Stamy
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Introducing Telehealth to Rural and Indigenous Communities: A Telehealth 101 Virtual Workshop for Tribes
Webinar recordings from a 2-day workshop on telehealth implementation in rural and Indigenous communities. Presentation topics include telehealth business, technology, standards, and evaluation; health equity; maternal health; Indian Health Service (IHS) resources; telehealth funding; telebehavioral health and telemedicine-based Medication Assisted Treatment (MAT); and other telehealth-related topics.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: American Indian Public Health Resource Center, Health Resources and Services Administration, North Dakota Department of Health
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Implementing Evidence-Based Interventions for Cancer Prevention and Control in Critical Access Hospitals
Toolkit designed to provide Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) with necessary information and resources to develop, implement, and evaluate evidence-based interventions (EBIs) to prevent cancer. Includes worksheets for community assessment and EBI implementation and evaluation.
Author(s): Natoshia Askelson, Grace Ryan
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network
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