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Resources by Topic: Networking and collaboration

Western Rural Development Center 2021 Annual Report
Describes partnerships and initiatives of the Western Rural Development Center in 2021, including research projects examining rural workforce and community development, climate resiliency and education, youth mental health and well-being.
Date: 03/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Western Rural Development Center
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Rural Rising: Economic Development Strategies for America's Heartland
Discusses various economic development strategies and categorizes rural communities in 5 archetypes based on proximity to urban areas, tourism, and economic drivers. Offers examples of economic development in different types of rural communities and highlights elements of thriving rural communities, including workforce, access to broadband and healthcare, and community partnerships.
Author(s): Mike Kerlin, Neil O'Farrell, Rachel Riley, Rachel Schaff
Date: 03/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: McKinsey and Company
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Supporting Rural Health Coalitions: Opportunities with your SORH
Presents information on how to help community-based health coalitions working on local health initiatives best collaborate with their corresponding State Office of Rural Health (SORH).
Date: 03/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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Medical Education for African American Communities in the Rural South: A Focus Group Approach to Identify Fundamental Considerations
Examines the shortage of African American medical students in the rural South based on interview transcripts from rural medical educators, African American alumni, and community and institutional associates part of a rural medicine education pipeline. Includes themes such as how to define rural minority students and rural minority student recruitment and retention. Discusses collaborative strategies in rural medical education to improve healthcare disparities in shortage areas.
Author(s): John R. Wheat, Antonio J. Gardner, Laura H. Downey, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 03/2022
Type: Document
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From Idea to Reality: Federal Funding Supports Quapaw Nation's Community Paramedicine Program
Describes how the Quapaw Nation used federal COVID-related funding to launch a community paramedicine program. Explains how the program is serving local residents and meeting community needs.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Aligning Systems to Advance Family and Community Well-Being: A Partnership Playbook for Community Action and Human Services Agencies
Provides an overview of how community action and human service agencies partnered, collaborated, and aligned services to address COVID-19 on a family-level and a systems-level. Presents field examples of partnerships in rural Maryland and rural Ohio with their successes and challenges when aligning services such as Head Start, housing assistance, and more. Discusses how rural models and strategies were employed in other geographic areas to mitigate COVID-19 issues in communities.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: American Public Human Services Association, Community Action Partnership
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Partnering to Improve Health and Wellbeing via Community Based Care Coordination in Rural Minnesota
Case study featuring Winona Health, an independent, community-owned, and vertically integrated healthcare system serving rural Minnesota. Describes efforts underway to address the social determinants of health in the community through the Winona Wellbeing Collaborative. Also discusses efforts to build intercultural skill throughout the Winona Health organization.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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How Becoming a "Blue Zone" Advanced the Health of Klamath Falls, Oregon
Case study featuring Sky Lakes Medical Center, a not-for-profit, community-owned, acute-care teaching hospital in rural Oregon. Describes a variety of community partnerships underway to help meet the needs of the community, including the Healthy Klamath Coalition, Klamath Works, and the Blue Zones Project.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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The Clinical and Business Cases for Opening a Maternity Care Unit in a CAH
A case study of a rural North Carolina partnership that worked together to add a new wing for a maternity unit at a 25-bed Critical Access Hospital. Explains how the service was planned to be financially viable. Describes maternal and infant health disparities in the region and discusses how this new service will meet the needs of the population with culturally and linguistically accessible care.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Rural Community Health Initiative: Compendium of Best Practices
Presents a collection of community-based health initiatives, including a school health initiative, a COVID-19 vaccine outreach and education program, and telehealth consortia, among others. Describes successful outcomes and sources of funding for each program.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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