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Resources by Topic: Health screening

Rural-Urban Disparities in Health Care in Medicare
Examines rural/urban differences in the quality of healthcare received by Medicare beneficiaries in 2019, with breakdowns by race and ethnicity. Focuses on patient experience and clinical care measures, including screening for and management of health conditions and medication-related issues.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Navigating RHC COVID-19 Testing Fund Reporting Requirements
Recording of an October 7, 2020 webinar providing detailed information about the reporting requirements for the Rural Health Clinic (RHC) COVID-19 Testing Relief Fund. Discusses the importance of reporting data and the type of data that should be documented. Part of the Rural Health Clinic Technical Assistance Series.
Additional links: Presentation Slides, Transcript
Date: 10/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Rural Health Clinics
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Rapid Detection of Tuberculosis in Remote Alaska
Study of a rapid testing method for active pulmonary tuberculosis (TB) administered in a remote area of western Alaska. Discusses challenges of diagnosing and treating TB in a timely manner in remote areas, and describes the process of creating and implementing a rapid testing program in partnership with healthcare organizations. Presents data from 223 patients who received the rapid test over 3 years, including positivity rates, test sensitivity and specificity, and effectiveness of the testing method.
Author(s): Ronald J. Bowerman
Citation: International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 79(1), 1827786
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
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A Sustainable Model for Preventive Services in Rural Counties: The Healthier Together Study
Describes a study of a patient outreach program in rural Oklahoma that brought together wellness coordinators, primary care providers, county health departments, health information exchange (HIE) networks, and rural hospitals to provide preventive services. Examines the return on investment for coordinated preventive services and the sustainability of outreach programs to support rural healthcare.
Author(s): Zsolt Nagykaldi, Dewey Scheid, Yan D. Zhao, Bhawani Mishra, Tracy Greever-Rice
Citation: The Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 33(5), 698-706
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
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COVID-19 Testing - What RHCs Are Doing For Their Communities
Recording of an August 27, 2020 webinar discussing the efforts of three rural health clinics (RHCs) to provide COVID-19 testing services using COVID-19 funding in rural communities of South-Central Idaho, Michigan's Upper Peninsula & Northern Wisconsin, and Eastern North Carolina. Covers the challenges related to the availability of COVID-18 testing instruments and test kits, testing capacity and turnaround time, the provision of treatment for patients with COVID-19, and the RHC data collection requirement. Part of the Rural Health Clinic Technical Assistance Series.
Additional links: Presentation Slides, Transcript
Date: 08/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Rural Health Clinics
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Suicide Prevention in Primary Care
Two-part webinar recording on integrating suicide prevention measures into a rural primary care setting. Part one discusses rural suicide rates, screening, and risk assessment. Part two covers interventions, post-intervention follow-ups, and telehealth.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center
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Alcohol Use Disorder: Addressing Stigma and Treatment Access in Rural America
Examines alcohol use and misuse in rural America. Features the work of healthcare providers in Pennsylvania, Louisiana, Texas, and New Mexico. Discusses stigma, treatment access, and recovery. Addresses the impact of COVID-19 on treatment access, including the use of telehealth.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Access to Colorectal Cancer Screening Programs for Underserved Populations in South Carolina
Fact sheet outlines the rates of access to colorectal cancer screening for rural and racial minorities in South Carolina. Compares cancer screening rates between rural and urban areas, as well as Black an White populations in those areas, and by type of evidence-based intervention.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center)
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Quality of Care in the SoonerCare Program, 2019
Reports on access, use, and effectiveness of care for Oklahoma's Medicaid program enrollees. Appendix A provides detailed rural/urban breakdowns on compliance with immunizations, cancer screenings, medication management, and more.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oklahoma Health Care Authority
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Rural Matters - Coronavirus and the Navajo Nation
Presents a first-hand account of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Navajo Nation. Discusses the social and environmental factors that contribute to the spread of the virus.
Author(s): Heather Kovich
Citation: New England Journal of Medicine, 383, 105-107
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
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