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Resources by Topic: Networking and collaboration

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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Perceptions of the Role of West Virginia's Cooperative Extension Service in Tobacco Control Coalitions
Examines the Cooperative Extension Service's involvement in county-level coalitions addressing tobacco use in West Virginia with a focus on prevention for elementary students. Identifies methods to increase the role of the Extension Service that will improve lives, reduce economic hardships on families, and lessen the healthcare costs on state government.
Author(s): Donald Reed, Dana Lester, Kathy Danberry, et al.
Citation: Frontiers in Public Health, 4, 83
Date: 05/2016
Type: Document
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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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Bringing Community and Academic Scholars Together to Facilitate and Conduct Authentic Community Based Participatory Research: Project UNITED
Offers an overview of a community based participatory research (CBPR) grant proposal and a comprehensive CBPR obesity-related program to facilitate and promote collaboration between academic researchers and a community to address obesity-related health disparities, primarily among African American communities in the rural South.
Author(s): Dwight Lewis Jr., Lea Yerby, Melanie Tucker, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(1), 35
Date: 01/2016
Type: Document
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Columbia Gorge Region, Oregon and Washington: 2016 RWJF Culture of Health Prize Winner
Describes how the communities within the Columbia Gorge region took a collaborative approach by developing a 15-member community advisory committee that included Medicaid recipients and Latino residents. Top concerns addressed by this committee were food, housing, jobs and transportation, along with improved access to dental and mental health, and better coordination among social services and healthcare providers. Projects included expanding the use and training of community health workers (CHWs) to assist Latino residents when navigating programs outside of healthcare and the development of a fruit and vegetable prescription program to support increased intake of healthy foods. A collective impact specialist was hired to help solve community problems through collaborative efforts, and to find grants and other sources of funding to support their projects. Columbia Gorge Region is a recipient of the 2016 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Culture of Health Prize.
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Adaptation of an Evidence-Based Intervention to Improve Preventive Care Practices in a Federally Qualified Health Center in Appalachian Kentucky
Describes an academic partnership between the University of Kentucky and White House Clinics, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in Appalachian Kentucky to adopt, implement, and evaluate an evidence-based office consult shown to improve patient acceptance of prevention care practices including a variety of cancer screenings.
Author(s): Robin C. Vanderpool, Stephanie C. Moore, Lindsay R. Stradtman, et al.
Citation: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 27(4A), 46-52
Date: 2016
Type: Document
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2016 Kentucky Health Coalitions Directory
A directory, by county, of coalitions or care coordination groups working in the state of Kentucky, gathered to assist in networking and collaboration.
Date: 2016
Type: Directory
Sponsoring organization: Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
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Network Self-Assessment Tool
Designed to help rural health networks examine and build organizational leadership capacity. Provides networks and stakeholders with information to evaluate areas of strength and challenges in their projects.
Date: 11/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: National Cooperative of Health Networks Association, National Rural Health Resource Center
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