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Resources by Topic: Networking and collaboration

Bringing Law and Medicine Together to Help Rural Patients
Describes how medical-legal partnerships can help address patients' health-harming legal needs. Features rural medical-legal partnerships in Minnesota and Illinois.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 10/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Network Spotlight: Safetyweb Network
Provides an overview of the Safetyweb Network through an interview with network director, Mike Rust. Describes the Safetyweb Network, in Balsam Lake, Wisconsin, focused primarily on providing health benefits counseling services to residents in Polk County, Wisconsin. Interview topics include network characteristics, lessons learned, accomplishments, and challenges.
Date: 09/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Using i2b2 to Bootstrap Rural Health Analytics and Learning Networks
Describes a project to connect and share data among rural healthcare sites and researchers using the open-source Informatics for Integrating Biology and the Bedside (i2b2) data model in building the West Virginia/Kentucky Health Analytics and Learning Network. Includes map showing locations of clinics.
Author(s): Daniel R. Harris, Adam D. Baus, Tamela J. Harper, et al.
Citation: Conference Proceedings of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society 2016, 2533-2536
Date: 08/2016
Type: Document
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Network Spotlight: North Country Health Consortium
Details a conversation with Nancy Frank, Executive Director of Littleton, New Hampshire based North Country Health Consortium (NCHC). NCHC is a broad-based rural network of health and human services providers working in the areas of public health, emergency preparedness, AHEC services, and more. Interview focuses on NCHC's network characteristics, lessons learned, accomplishments, and challenges.
Date: 08/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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2016 Rural Provider Leadership Summit Report: Strategies for Rural Provider Engagement in Transitioning to Value-based Purchasing and Population Health
Explores issues related to value models for rural providers and provides strategies rural hospitals may use to overcome challenges and enhance staff collaboration. Includes a list of rural provider leadership tools and resources.
Author(s): Karla Weng
Date: 08/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Network Spotlight: Santa Cruz County Adolescent Wellness Network
Explores various aspects of the Nogales, Arizona, based Santa Cruz Adolescent Wellness Network (AWN) through an interview with network director, Cassalyn David. AWN is a group of local agencies that work together in a dynamic, collaborative manner to improve the health and wellness of area adolescents. Interview covers AWN's network characteristics, lessons learned, accomplishments, and challenges.
Date: 07/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Network Spotlight: Mountain Health Alliance
Highlights the Cumberland, Maryland based Mountain Health Alliance (MHA), which works to advance a culture of health within the region's rural communities through collaboration and community engagement. Covers MHA's network characteristics, lessons learned, accomplishments, and challenges faced through an interview with network director, Kimi-Scott McGreevy. MHA serves the uninsured, underinsured, and low-income populations in a three-state (PA, MD, WV), five-county region.
Date: 06/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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The Opioid Epidemic: Rural Organizations Fight Back
Highlights programs across the country, such as the ANGEL Program, the Police Assisted Addiction and Recovery Initiative (PARRI) and the Second Chance Drug Initiative, in which police departments and treatment facilities work together to fight addiction and move drug users toward treatment rather than incarceration. Also discusses the use and availability of Naloxone, an opioid overdose reversal drug.
Author(s): Zachary Toliver
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 06/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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The Communities That Care Coalition Model for Improving Community Health through Clinical-Community Partnerships: A Population Health Case Report
Discussion paper featuring a community coalition in rural western Massachusetts focused on supporting youth well-being and reducing youth substance abuse. Describes the initiative and the partners involved, including clinicians and public health. Discusses how the Communities That Care Coalition works within a network of local coalitions, including acting as the prevention arm of the region's Opioid Task Force.
Author(s): Jeanette Voas, Katherine Allen, Ruth Potee
Date: 05/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Academy of Medicine
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Integrated Behavioral Health In Montana: A Baseline Assessment of Benefits, Challenges, and Opportunities
Presents results from a baseline assessment of Montana's behavioral health system of care. Evaluates the possibility of addressing system deficiencies by implementing an integrated behavioral health model. Describes rural-specific benefits and challenges associated with system integration.
Additional links: Issue Brief
Author(s): Katie Loveland
Date: 04/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Montana Healthcare Foundation
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