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Resources by Topic: Human services

Leveraging the Power of Connection: Demystifying "Social Determinants of Health" to Promote Healthier Aging in the 21st Century
Provides an overview of the August 2019 Connectivity Summit on Rural Aging in Nashville, Tennessee. Highlights local and national programs that support older rural adults. Presents recommendations from conference participants on topics including housing, healthcare literacy, and social determinants of health.
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Tivity Health
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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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New Mexico Children Youth and Families Department: 2020-2024 Child & Family Services Plan
Discusses current and future collaborative efforts of New Mexico's (NM) Children Youth and Families Department (CYFD) with Early Childhood Services (ECS), Juvenile Justice Services (JJS), Behavioral Health Services (BHS) and Protective Services (PS) to provide assistance to NM children and families. Addresses issues specific to rural areas, collaboration with tribes in the state, and coordination with the state Medicaid system for the behavioral and physical health needs of NM children, families, and youth.
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Children, Youth, and Families Department
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Toolkit: State Strategies to Support Older Adults Aging in Place in Rural Areas
Describes state initiatives helping older rural adults age in place by supporting services allowing them to remain in their homes. Strategies are focused around building the workforce, increasing access to services in rural areas, and addressing social determinants of health. Includes examples of programs that have already been implemented as well as emerging ideas from several states across the country.
Author(s): Neva Kaye, Kristina Long
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Health Resources and Services Administration, National Academy for State Health Policy, National Organizations of State and Local Officials
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The Alaska State Plan for Senior Services FFY 2020 - FFY 2023
Provides an analysis of a statewide initiative to identify the issues and needs of seniors in Alaska to guide the development of senior health and human services in the state. Discusses the demographic trends and needs of this population based on ongoing needs assessment activities. Identifies specific goals, objectives, and performance measures developed by the State Plan for Senior Services Advisory Committee for FFY 2020-2023.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
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A Roadmap for Delivering Child Care in Agricultural Communities
Workbook designed to identify challenges and assets in providing services in rural communities, and to examine how these factors play a part in accessing services. Includes resources and links for further information.
Author(s): A.K. Liebman, M.A. Salzwedel, J. Simmons, B.C. Lee
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Migrant Clinicians Network, National Children's Center for Rural and Agricultural Health and Safety
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The State of Latino Housing, Transportation, and Green Space: A Research Review
Highlights programs and policies that may improve neighborhood health equity in U.S. Latino communities. Discusses Latino migration to rural areas in the South and Midwest and the need for affordable housing and green space policies to promote health and wellbeing.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Salud America
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Social Service Delivery in Two Rural Counties
Analyzes interviews and focus group data to determine what factors impact the types and delivery of services available within two rural New England counties.
Author(s): Jessica A. Carson, Marybeth J. Mattingly
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Nevada Office of Community Partnerships and Grants Annual Report State Fiscal Year 2018
Reports on the operation of organizations and programs receiving funding from the state of Nevada including several programs, partnerships, and coalitions within rural communities and counties. Grantees are identified, award amount is disclosed, activities are described, and statistical data demonstrates the achievements of each program.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Nevada Department of Health and Human Resources
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Rural Child Welfare Practice
Discusses the needs and concerns of rural children and families, including healthcare and social services. Examines factors linked to child maltreatment, such as poverty, violence, and substance use, and features descriptions of successful programs designed to promote child welfare in rural areas of Montana, South Dakota, Kansas, and Colorado, and Appalachian Ohio and Kentucky.
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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