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Resources by Topic: Families

Strategies for Rural Communities for Addressing Substance Misuse among Families Involved with the Child Welfare System
Describes nine programs across seven states that have addressed challenges to serving child welfare-involved parents with substance use issues through mentoring, case management, providing access to treatment and affordable housing, and other support services. Discusses considerations for expanding and replicating these programs in rural communities.
Additional links: Research Summary
Author(s): Jung Kim, Elizabeth Clary, Christina Ribar, Sarah Palmer, Elizabeth Weigensberg
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Mathematica
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The Two-Generation Approach: Recommendations for Bridging Practice and Policy in Maine
Policy brief describing components that define successful two-generation strategies to promote economic, educational, health, social, and emotional well-being of Maine families. Gives several examples of efforts in various locations, including rural Maine.
Author(s): Sarah Griffen
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: John T. Gorman Foundation
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Map the Meal Gap 2020: A Report on County and Congressional District Food Insecurity and County Food Cost in the United States in 2018
Provides county-level information on U.S. food insecurity and food price in 2018. Covers statistics and data on child food insecurity, food price variation, disability, health implications, and more. Includes data breakdowns by region and rural/urban location.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Feeding America
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Mental Health in a Pandemic: Q&A with Thomasine Heitkamp and Dennis Mohatt
An interview with Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center co-directors Thomasine Heitkamp and Dennis Mohatt on the mental health impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses telehealth, economic insecurity, broadband, and mental health under COVID-19 and self-isolation.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Food Insecurity Among Children Most Prevalent Among Single-Mother Households and Low-Income Households in 2018
Bar chart showing food insecurity among children by household characteristics, including metropolitan and nonmetro area of residence.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Touchpoints for Addressing Substance Use Issues in Home Visiting: Phase 1 Final Report
Report details information and guidance for addressing substance use issues encountered during home visiting. Discusses substance use issues and the way home visiting can address those issues while supporting families. Features a number of questions and answers and includes discussion regarding home visiting in rural areas.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Administration for Children and Families, Mathematica, Office of Planning, Research, and Evaluation
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Tribal TANF-Child Welfare Coordination: Collaboration Assessment Tool
Details assessment criteria for collaborations between Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Child Welfare Coordination (TT-CW) programs. Provides instructions for conducting the assessment and includes a copy of the tool in the appendix.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Tribal TANF-Child Welfare
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Poverty Rates by Family Type and Metro/Nonmetro Residence, 2018
Bar chart showing metropolitan and nonmetro poverty rates for married couples, male head of household with no spouse, female head of household with no spouse, female head of household with no spouse and with children, and all family types.
Date: 02/2020
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Challenges in Providing Substance Use Disorder Treatment to Child Welfare Clients in Rural Communities
Provides an overview of the unique challenges rural communities face serving parents with substance abuse issues, including provider shortages, limited access to health insurance, transportation and technological barriers, and lack of routine cross-systems collaboration with the child welfare system. Offers strategies to overcome these challenges in rural communities.
Author(s): Elizabeth Clary, Christina Ribar, Elizabeth Weigensberg
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Mathematica
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A Healthy Attitude: Rural Leaders in TN County Organize to Address Well-Being in Appalachia
Describes ways in which local leaders in Grundy County, Tennessee implemented programs to promote physical activity, support children and families, increase access to philanthropic resources, and establish a working relationship with a nearby university.
Author(s): Tim Marema, Erin Bouldin
Citation: Journal of Appalachian Health, 2(1), 60-64
Date: 2020
Type: Document
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