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Video Brochures in a Mailed Fecal Immunochemical Test Outreach Program Provide Cancer Screening Information in a User-friendly Format for Rural Appalachian Community Members
Presents a study on the efficacy of using a video brochure to provide colorectal cancer (CRC) screening information and instructions for a fecal immunochemical tests (FITs) sent out to rural patients in Appalachian Ohio. Explores the barriers to CRC screening, including the low rates of returning FITs, and discusses the effect the video brochure had on this process.
Author(s): Mira L. Katz, Abigail B. Shoben, Sabrina Newell, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 06/2023
Type: Document
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Best Practices for COVID-19 Vaccination and Testing
Summarizes findings of an environmental scan of testing and vaccination policies and programs serving people who are medically or socially at disproportionate risk for COVID-19 and related adverse outcomes. Identifies populations at disproportionate risk, including rural residents, and their barriers to COVID-19 testing, COVID-19 vaccination, and routine vaccination. Describes programs that aim to overcome these barriers and increase access to testing and vaccination services. Discuss the implications of these programs' strategies and approaches for future pandemics and public health crises.
Date: 04/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Mathematica
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Role of Rural Libraries in Promoting Digital Health Literacy
Webinar highlighting a rural library's efforts to increase digital health literacy and healthcare access in rural Texas. Discusses telehealth, broadband access inequities and digital literacy, transportation issues, aging in place, community health workers working in libraries, emergency response, circulating medical equipment, and summer meals for students. Transcript available by clicking the dots above the video description, then selecting Show transcript.
Date: 03/2023
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Network of the National Library of Medicine
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Rural Americans' COVID-19 Vaccine Perceptions and Willingness to Vaccinate against COVID-19 with Their Community Pharmacists: An Exploratory Study
Presents a study on the perceptions of rural people on the COVID-19 vaccine and their willingness to receive a vaccine from their community pharmacist. Bases findings on phone-based interviews with rural adults. Breaks down data by age, sex, and education, among other measures.
Author(s): Alexis M. Koskan, Iris E. LoCoco, Casey L. Daniel, et al.
Citation: Vaccines, 11(1), 171
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
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Hidden Crisis: Pediatric Oral Health In Rural America
Highlights barriers to rural pediatric oral health, along with proposed solutions. Examines Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas, oral health literacy, and needed Medicaid reforms. Features model oral health programs in Washington, Montana, North Dakota, Arizona, Colorado, Nebraska, Louisiana, North Carolina, Virginia, and Maryland, and includes profiles of several rural providers.
Author(s): Michael A. Ignelzi, Tegwyn Brickhouse, Erica Caffrey, et al.
Date: 2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry
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#RuralHealthChat: Addressing Health Literacy in Rural America
#RuralHealthChat discusses health literacy in rural America. Explores barriers to health literacy and strategies for improving health literacy in rural communities. Features experts from the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, National Rural Health Association, and the American Hospital Association, among others.
Date: 11/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Closing The Gap: Public Libraries & Public Health
Recording of a webinar discussing the collaboration between libraries and public health. Explores public library health programming related to medical librarians, health literacy, and opportunities to support community healthcare and human service needs. Includes information specific to rural communities.
Additional links: Presentation Slides
Date: 09/2022
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Department of Health and Environment
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The Targeted Rural Health Education Project: Newspaper/Medical Student Collaboration Bringing Health Information to Rural Communities
Video highlighting the Targeted Rural Health Education (TRHE) program, which helps medical students at the UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences bring plain language health education to the communities they serve.
Date: 06/2022
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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The Impact of Language on Health Care Accessibility
Discusses how language barriers affect healthcare access for limited English proficient (LEP) individuals. Highlights challenges that LEP groups, such as farmworkers, faced in receiving COVID-19 care and information.
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Farmworker Justice Fund, Inc.
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COVID-19 Vaccine Education Effort
Video series addressing the efficacy and safety of the COVID-19 vaccines, targeted to specific audiences including healthcare providers and rural residents. Covers safety, availability, cost, side effects, vaccine administration, patient education, and more.
Additional links: Partner Toolkit, Vaccine Education - Rural Audience
Date: 06/2022
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organizations: Ad Council, COVID Collaborative
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