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Resources by Topic: Needs assessment methods and resources

Community Assessment for Mental and Physical Health Effects After Hurricane Irma — Florida Keys, May 2019
Reports results from the use of Community Assessment for Public Health Emergency Response (CASPER) to evaluate suicide risk in a micropolitan county with frequent hurricane landfall. Discusses the need to include long-term mental health service delivery as part of emergency preparedness planning for disasters such as hurricanes.
Author(s): Yaritbel Torres-Mendoza, Alison Kerr, Amy Helene Schnall, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 70(26), 937-941
Date: 07/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Arizona's Physician Shortage: Monitoring Rural Physician Retention and Relocation
Brief discussing rural physician shortage issues in Arizona, offering national-level standards for physician age, education, and structural factors impacting retention. Offers recommendations related to physician surveys to monitor shortages and workforce needs in the state.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Center for Rural Health
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Rapid Community Assessment Guide
Guide to help healthcare providers and other organizations understand the concerns of their communities related to COVID-19 vaccination and identify strategies to increase vaccination confidence.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Rural Community-based Palliative Care: Improving Health and Reducing Disparities in Access and Services
Toolkit describing a framework for the development of rural community-based palliative care capacity and services. Includes information and links to resources regarding assessing community needs, foundational tools, process development, service implementation.
Date: 04/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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Increase Healthy Beverage Consumption and Reduce Sugar-Sweetened Beverages (SSBs): A Community Roadmap
Interactive resource provides guidance for tribal communities to reduce the consumption of sugar-sweetened beverages and promote healthy beverage options. Provides resources and information to support healthy beverage programs, such as how to conduct a needs assessment, identify stakeholders, and choose an appropriate strategy.
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Notah Begay III Foundation
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Population Health in Rural America in 2020: Proceedings of a Workshop
Presents the proceedings of the Population Health in Rural America 2020 workshop. Chapters examine rural demographics and social determinants of health, rural health and data challenges, rural and tribal healthcare, community health needs assessment, and rural health policy.
Additional links: Read Online
Author(s): Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice
Date: 2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Mastering Complex Geographies on data.census.gov
Webinar recording discusses how to use the data.census.gov mapping feature to identify complex geographies. Highlights tips and tricks for identifying and mapping different datasets on rural and tribal areas.
Additional links: Presentation Slides, Webinar Transcript
Date: 12/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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PharmD Concentration Helps Pharmacy Students Prepare for a Career in Rural America
Features the Rural Pharmacy Practice program, a concentration for PharmD students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison School of Pharmacy who are interested in working in rural communities. Describes how the program was created. Discusses the experiences students have, including conducting community needs assessments and related population health projects.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Implementing Evidence-Based Interventions for Cancer Prevention and Control in Critical Access Hospitals
Toolkit designed to provide Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) with necessary information and resources to develop, implement, and evaluate evidence-based interventions (EBIs) to prevent cancer. Includes worksheets for community assessment and EBI implementation and evaluation.
Author(s): Natoshia Askelson, Grace Ryan
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Cancer Prevention and Control Research Network
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Tribal TANF-Child Welfare Coordination: Collaboration Assessment Tool
Details assessment criteria for collaborations between Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and Child Welfare Coordination (TT-CW) programs. Provides instructions for conducting the assessment and includes a copy of the tool in the appendix.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Tribal TANF-Child Welfare
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