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Resources by Topic: Networking and collaboration

Tap Talk: The Drinking Water in Rural America Podcast
A podcast that discusses issues related to maintaining healthy drinking water supply and connecting professionals interested in public health infrastructure. Episodes focus on topics such as public health tracking, well water safety, healthy water initiatives in communities, and more.
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organizations: Rural Community Assistance Partnership, University of Illinois
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Rural and Frontier Health
Focuses on supporting local health departments (LHDs) in rural and frontier areas by building capacity and capability to serve their communities. Includes initiatives, resources, collaborations, news, and spotlights related to rural and frontier LHDs.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of County and City Health Officials
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Kansas Rural Champions
Provides information on individuals who are part of the Kansas Rural Champions network and the rural programs they serve, such as those focused on child care, housing, community infrastructure, and community development. The mission of rural champions is to help build capacity in rural areas and address public needs.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Office Of Rural Prosperity
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Integrated Rural Strategies Group
Project that offers resources and opportunities to bring funders together to address rural community needs, particularly related to rural organizing and justice-advancing efforts. Offers information resources, dialogues, and blog posts related to rural initiatives and partnerships.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Neighborhood Funders Group
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Our Vision: Achieving Health Equity - Faster and Together
Supports health equity by focusing on health as a national priority advocated by collaborators from all sectors. Offers a series of action areas to encourage cooperation, create healthier communities, strengthen integration of health services, and measure health outcomes and well-being. Includes a searchable collection of rural and urban communities working to promote health equity.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Addressing the Intersection of Suicide, Overdose, and Adverse Childhood Experiences: What Is the Capacity of Local Health Departments?: Results from the National Fielding of the SPACECAT
Provides survey results from local health departments (LHDs) regarding their capacity to address suicide, overdose, and adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Analyzes data from 101 LHDs that completed the Suicide, Overdose, and Adverse Childhood Experiences Prevention Capacity Assessment Tool (SPACECAT) from a sampling of small (serving 50,000 people or less), medium (serving 50,000-499,999 people), and large (serving 500,000 or more people) LHDs. Includes discussions centering around capacity issues such as networking and partnerships, strategic planning, staffing, data integration, and addressing concerns for at-risk populations.
Author(s): Katherine Palm, Lane Davis, Margaret Cunningham, Kyle Brees, Kellie Hall
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of County and City Health Officials
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The Toolkit for Everyone Aligning and Measuring (The TEAM)
Toolkit for collaboratives to help measure the alignment of systems and actions across sectors to improve community health and well-being in sustainable ways.
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: Georgia Health Policy Center
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Working Together to Improve Local Public Health Capacity in West Central Minnesota
Discusses the consolidation process of health services among 5 counties in West Central Minnesota in order to develop a service model that recognized the communal identity of the area. Details the governance structure and the related impacts and successes of the consolidation.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Public Health Accreditation Board Center for Innovation
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Working Together to Improve Environmental Health in Colorado
Discusses the process of 3 rural and 3 frontier counties in Colorado partnering to provide environmental health services for their local areas. Features the results of the collaboration as well as strategies to create successful partnerships and governance.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Public Health Accreditation Board Center for Innovation
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Strengthening Public Health in Rural Ohio Through a Council of Governments
Describes the process 7 county health departments in rural Ohio took to share resources and increase capacity while seeking accreditation from the Public Health Accreditation Board. Discusses the development of a council of governments and the results of strategic planning.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Public Health Accreditation Board Center for Innovation
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