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Resources by Topic: Healthcare facilities

Roundtable Discussion: Examining the Role of Telehealth during COVID-19 and Beyond
Video recording of an August 6, 2020, discussion on telehealth policies and impacts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and key considerations for the future of telehealth policy. Examines rural topics throughout, including access to broadband and using RHCs and FQHCs as originating site providers for telehealth services. Transcript available by clicking the dots above the Subscribe tab, then selecting Open Transcript.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: House Ways and Means Committee
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Texas SORH Fosters Quality Champions in Rural Hospitals Across the State
Details how the Texas State Office of Rural Health (SORH) developed a Quality Improvement Training Program (QITP) and associated fellowship program to improve rural healthcare quality in the state's hospitals. The QITP trains participants, helps them become certified for the Certified Professional in Healthcare Quality (CPHQ) exam, and encourages them to complete quality improvement projects within local hospitals.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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Mapping High Risk Areas for COVID-19
An interactive web-based mapping tool focused on identifying priority areas for the COVID-19 pandemic. Offers data on health conditions, demographics, and social determinants that may make a population more vulnerable to COVID-19. Also includes the location of hospitals. Users can upload their own COVID-19 patient profile data. Part of the HealthLandscape set of tools.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: American Academy of Family Physicians
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COVID Urban Rural Explorer (CURE)
Provides data on COVID-19 cases and deaths in metropolitan and nonmetro areas. Identifies nonmetro counties experiencing spikes in COVID-19 cases, and offers county-level data on cases and deaths, the number of hospital beds, and population density.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Washington State University
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Providing Maternity Care in a Rural Northern Iowa Community
Describes how a rural Critical Access Hospital in Iowa has sustained its maternity care practice, and offers suggestions for other rural hospitals and communities seeking to retain local access to pregnancy and childbirth services.
Author(s): Alexandria Kristensen-Cabrera, Julia D. Interrante, Carrie Henning-Smith, Katy Kozhimannil
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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HHS Protect Public Data Hub
Provides access to data on the healthcare system from a wide range of sources to support data-driven COVID-19 response. Brings together information from federal, state, and local governments and the healthcare industry. Shares hospital capacity data at the national and state level, including inpatient beds occupied, inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, and ICU beds occupied.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Rural Communities
Guidance and resources from the CDC to help rural communities respond during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes information for public health professionals, rural healthcare systems and providers, community-based organizations, rural residents, and businesses. Also addresses risk to COVID-19 in rural communities related to rural health disparities, healthcare infrastructure issues, and the presence of agricultural and food processing industries.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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COVID-19: Maternal and Child Health During COVID-19
Provides information and resources regarding pregnancy, maternal, and neonatal health during the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes examples, tools, and policies from hospitals nationwide on mitigating risk in labor and delivery, visitation policies, utilizing remote resources, racial disparities, and more.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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COVID-19 Conversations - Responding to COVID-19: A Science-Based Approach
Webinar series in which experts in public health, infectious disease, risk communication, and other fields provide a scientific analysis of recent COVID-19 developments. Includes links to presentation slides, recordings, and transcripts addressing topics such as social distancing, crisis standards of care, health equity, and more.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: American Public Health Association, National Academy of Medicine
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Health Center COVID-19 Survey
Presents results from a national survey of health centers regarding COVID-19 patient testing and the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on health center operations and health center staff. Examines testing rates and results by race and ethnicity. Includes survey results by state and territory.
Additional links: Maps of COVID-19 Survey Data
Date: 08/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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