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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Networking and collaboration

Guam--WHO Country Cooperation Strategy, 2018-2022
Describes strategic priorities for public health and development, and includes statistics on life expectancy, mortality rates, immunization rates, and tobacco use.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: World Health Organization Western Pacific Regional Office
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Improving Rural Health: Making an Impact in Five Years
Issue brief exploring state health agencies' efforts to address mortality from heart disease, cancer, unintentional injury, chronic lower respiratory disease and stroke among rural Americans. Includes a list of rural health resources for state health agencies and emphasizes the importance of partnerships in improving public health. Describes case studies of programs that target rural and underserved populations in Colorado, Minnesota, Ohio, and Wisconsin.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
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Co-ops Play Vital Role in Extending Broadband in Rural Tennessee
Discusses the Tennessee Broadband Accessibility Act's impact on economic development, education, and healthcare improvement, and the ways in which Tennessee co-ops have supported the initiative.
Author(s): Anne Mayberry
Citation: Rural Cooperatives, 84(4), 10-13
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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Demonstrating Critical Access Hospital Value: A Guide to Potential Partnerships
Provides a three-step framework to help Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) quantify and demonstrate their value to potential partners. Includes an editable worksheet that can be used to document and track progress as your CAH moves through each of the three steps - understanding the potential partner, identifying the CAH value proposition, and presenting the CAH value message.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Network Spotlight: Community Care Alliance
Describes key aspects of the Grand Junction, Colorado based Community Care Alliance (CCA) through an interview with CCA's Director of Operations and Vice President of Outreach and Communications for CCA's parent organization, the Western Healthcare Alliance (WHA). CCA's primary function is to help member organizations prepare for healthcare transformation, particularly in the areas of Medicare Shared Savings Program Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and the Merit-Based Incentive Payment System (MIPS).
Date: 12/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Rural Health Networks and Care Coordination: Health Care Innovation in Frontier Communities to Improve Patient Outcomes and Reduce Health Care Costs
Discusses the findings of a single-case, community-based participatory design study in a frontier community in northern Minnesota to determine the effectiveness of developing of a community care team focused on collaboration and care coordination to improve patient outcomes and reduce emergency room use.
Author(s): Pat Conway, Heidi Favet, Laurie Hall, Jenny Uhrich, Jeanette Palcher, et al.
Citation: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 27(4A), 91–115
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
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Network Spotlight: Palmetto Care Connections
Highlights from an interview with Kathy Schwarting, executive director of Palmetto Care Connections in Fairfax, South Carolina. Focuses on Palmetto Care Connections' network characteristics, lessons learned, accomplishments, and ongoing challenges as it works to facilitate healthcare across South Carolina through the use of telehealth.
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Growing the State Offices of Rural Health
Brief video overview of the State Office of Rural Health (SORH) program, which was launched by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy in 1991. Discusses the mission of SORHs and the role of networking in improving rural health.
Date: 11/2016
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Building on the History of the State Offices of Rural Health: Celebrating 25 Years of Service
Provides an overview of the history of the State Offices of Rural Health program and National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health. Highlights the work of the SORHs in Minnesota, South Carolina, and Oklahoma.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Network Spotlight: North Coast Clinics Network
Highlights the Eureka, California-based North Coast Clinics Network (NCCN), which works to improve efficiency and quality of care across its Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) members. Covers NCCN's characteristics, lessons learned, accomplishments, and challenges faced through an interview with Director of Education and Innovation, Trisha Cooke, and Executive Director, Tim Rine.
Date: 10/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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