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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Housing and homelessness

Ensuring Access to Care: Wagner Community Memorial Hospital – Avera, Wagner, S.D.
Describes Wagner Community Memorial Hospital – Avera (WCMH-A), a 20-bed Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in Wagner, South Dakota that works to ensure access to care while addressing the social determinants of health for the populations they serve. Shares strategies and collaborative efforts to address the community's needs through the use of telemedicine, housing and economic development, population health, and access to primary care.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association Section for Small or Rural Hospitals
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Older Adult Housing: Future Collaborations on Housing and Health Services Should Include Relevant Agencies and Define Outcomes
Assesses the extent to which the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service collaborated to address the needs of older adults living in federally assisted housing.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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A Health Picture of HUD-Assisted Children, 2006-2012
Describes the health characteristics of children living in HUD-assisted households, using data from the National Health Interview Survey. Features statistics with breakdowns by 6 levels of population classification, including noncore.
Author(s): Veronica E. Helms, Barry L. Steffen, Elizabeth Rudd, Jon Sperling
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity
Inaugural report from the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity identifying key opportunities for improving the well-being of America's rural communities and citizens. Provides recommendations to the President of the United States, focusing on five main areas: e-Connectivity, improving quality of life, supporting a rural workforce, harnessing technological innovation, and developing the rural economy.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity
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Behavioral Health Trends in Ohio
Covers publications focusing on behavioral health research in Ohio. Includes research briefs on a variety of topics, such as housing retention, care coordination, employment, social connectedness, and others, as they relate to behavioral health.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Ohio Department of Mental Health and Addiction Services
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Social Determinants of Health: A Quick Reference Guide for State Offices of Rural Health and State and Territorial Health Officials
Provides an overview of social determinants of health (SDOH) in rural communities, and lists partners, resources, and national level initiatives related to four significant SDOH in rural areas: housing, transportation, education, and food insecurity. Intended to serve as a starting point and guide for rural organizations that wish to address SDOH through multi-sector collaboration.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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Housing Counseling Benefits Rural America
Describes multiple success stories from Housing and Urban Development (HUD) approved housing counseling agencies and the expansion of service delivery options to overcome barriers in rural areas. Examples include using mobile case managers to meet and screen clients without access to transportation, hosting financial education workshops, homeownership sustainability, housing rehabilitation, and more.
Citation: The Bridge, 6(12)
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
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Aging in Place in Small Urban and Rural Communities
Examines the current state of aging in place, including cost benefits of rural residents living independently and using home health services and public transportation, rather than relocating to assisted living facilities. Includes statistics on costs of various types of senior living situations in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Missouri, Wisconsin, Mississippi, Maine, New Mexico, and Montana, and aging in place cost savings forecasts for these states.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Del Peterson, Ted Rieck
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute
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Housing and the Role of Hospitals
Provides an overview of the role of housing in health, and discusses what hospitals can can do to address housing instability as a social determinant of health. Offers five case studies of innovative hospital and health system programs related to housing, including a rural California program that provides safe transitional housing to chronically homeless patients after discharge from the hospital.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: American Hospital Association, Health Research & Educational Trust
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The Justice Gap: Measuring the Unmet Civil Legal Needs of Low-income Americans
Reports on civil legal needs experienced by low-income Americans who do not seek professional legal help and the paths they take when facing civil legal problems. Includes information on legal needs related to healthcare access and other issues that impact health, such as housing. Provides details for specific groups, including rural residents, seniors, veterans, people with disabilities, parents of children under 18, and domestic violence survivors.
Additional links: Appendix B2 Tables, Appendix B3 Tables, Full Report, Special Focus: Rural Residents
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Legal Services Corporation
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