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Resources by Topic: Needs assessment methods and resources

Community Involvement of Critical Access Hospitals: Results of the 2004 National CAH Survey
Describes the ways in which Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) are engaged with their communities. Discusses CAH involvement in community needs assessment, outreach and formal health promotion programs, relationships with other community organizations, free or reduced cost health care, and hospital activities in support on special populations.
Author(s): Stephanie Poley, Rebecca Slifkin
Date: 03/2005
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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Community Food Security Assessment Toolkit
Toolkit of standardized measurement tools for assessing various aspects of community food security.
Date: 07/2002
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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CHNA Report
Interactive tool for creating a customized county report for use in a community health needs assessment. Data indicators available cover demographics, socioeconomic factors, social determinants of health, healthcare access, health behaviors, and health outcomes.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: CARES Engagement Network
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Network Sustainability Toolkit
A resource to help rural leaders develop sustainable healthcare networks with increased long-term impact. Includes access to a network sustainability assessment, a collection of network-focused resources and tools, and case studies of successful rural health networks.
Additional links: An Introduction to RHI's Network Sustainability Toolkit: History and Background
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Rural Obesity Prevention Toolkit
Contains seven modules that concentrate on different aspects of obesity prevention programs. Shares best practices from successful obesity prevention programs in clinical, school, and community settings.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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On Center
This blog serves as a tool for conversation between the National Rural Health Resource Center and its customers and partners. Contributions from staff focus on performance improvement, health information technology, recruitment and retention, community health assessments, and networking.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Rural Community Health Gateway
Provides resources to help build effective community health programs, improve services, and develop new programs.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Conducting Rural Health Research, Needs Assessment, and Program Evaluation Topic Guide
An overview of rural health research, needs assessments, and program evaluation, with tools and resources to support these activities. Discusses the roles each of these activities play in helping rural stakeholders understand rural health needs and identify effective interventions.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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The Community Tool Box
Practical and detailed information and resources to support community health. Provides training and tools to help build skills on topics that include cultural competence, community assessment, leadership, grant writing, and more.
Type: Website
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