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Resources by Topic: Networking and collaboration

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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Advocacy in New Hampshire Procures More Funding for Provider Recruitment
Describes how the New Hampshire Health Care Workforce Coalition lobbied for state legislature that increased the annual budget for the State Loan Repayment Program (SLRP) to enhance recruitment of healthcare providers. SLRP activities include securing hospitalists for Critical Access Hospitals, Medicaid school psychologists, and other healthcare professionals; developing loan repayment programs for dentists and behavioral health providers; and more.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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The Growing Divide in the Composition of Public Health Delivery Systems in US Rural and Urban Communities, 2014–2018
Analyzes data from the National Longitudinal Survey of Public Health Systems to examine rural-urban differences in the scope of public health delivery system activities and organizational networks from 2014-2018. Provides geographic breakdowns on various characteristics, including poverty, unemployment, trends for public health activities, and more.
Author(s): Kelsey Owsley, Mika Hamer, Glen Mays
Citation: American Journal of Public Health, 110(Suppl 2), S204-S210
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
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The DNA of Program Sustainability: Findings from a Study of Federal Office of Rural Health Policy Grantees
Reports on the factors that contribute to program sustainability after grant funding ends, based on a study of Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program grantees. Discusses leadership, collaboration, alignment between need and demand, data use, and policy expertise as contributors to sustainability for rural programs.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Georgia Health Policy Center
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Case Study: Managing COVID-19 in a Rural Community: St. James Parish Hospital, Lutcher, Louisiana
Details how St. James Parish Hospital in Lutcher, Louisiana, worked with local government community partners to prepare for COVID-19. Describes how the partnerships grew to include regular press conferences and ongoing conversations with community leaders.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Mobilizing Project ECHO to Build Provider Capacity in Response to COVID-19
Explores the role Project ECHO can play in connecting health care providers, public health officers, and scientific experts during the COVID-19 pandemic. Identifies opportunities for state Medicaid agencies to request funding to use Project ECHO to support provider capacity-building efforts. Includes examples of Project ECHO being used in response to COVID-19.
Author(s): Greg Howe
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) COVID-19 Response
Updates from weekly listening sessions with the fifty State Offices of Rural Health to identify the rural health challenges and opportunities related to COVID-19. Also includes resources useful in the COVID-19 response.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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Embracing the Power of Show-Me ECHO Learning Communities to Transform Clinical Practice in Missouri
Describes the Show-Me ECHO project, a collaborative video and case-based healthcare education model in Missouri that facilitates professional development across the state. Describes Show-Me ECHO's role in bringing clinicians together to share and learn through practical and experiential knowledge in order to expand healthcare access in rural and underserved communities. Specifically addresses Show-Me ECHO's impacts on knowledge sharing and collaboration in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Author(s): Lea Brandt, Melissa Warne-Griggs, Kimberly Hoffman, et al.
Citation: Missouri Medicine, 117(3), 216-221
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
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Sustainable Community Care Coordination Guide
Provides a framework for organizations to actively plan for the sustainability of established care coordination programs. Discusses identifying community organization partners, finding potential gaps in care coordination, and developing partnerships for ongoing success.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Healthy St. Landry Alliance Leads Coordinated Community Response During COVID-19 Pandemic
Profiles Healthy St. Landry Alliance, a consortium of 25 local partners in rural St. Landry Parish, Louisiana, and its response to COVID-19. Describes how the Alliance enacted a communications and response system to manage the regional response to the pandemic. Offers lessons learned and future goals of the collaboration.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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