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Resources by Topic: Networking and collaboration

Oklahoma Partners Collaborate with Tribes on Tobacco Cessation
Discusses a collaboration between the Oklahoma Health Systems Initiative (HSI) and tribal nations to curb tobacco use in tribal communities. Details the entities working together under the HSI and the initiative's various interventions in tribal communities throughout the state.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
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Mobility & Aging in Rural America: The Role for Innovation: An Introduction for Funders
Outlines challenges facing older people, people with disabilities, and people in areas with few mobility options. Includes a section on funding strategies for rural transit. Describes successful programs, defines mobility as a social determinant of health, and explores approaches for improvement, including new partnerships with healthcare providers and telehealth.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Grantmakers In Aging
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Network Spotlight: Vermont Care Network
Highlights an interview with Simone Rueschemeyer, the Executive Director of the Vermont Care Network. Describes the Vermont Care Network's member benefits and challenges encountered when working in rural healthcare. Covers advantages of working in rural areas, building trust and collaboration among network partners, and steps taken to address network sustainability.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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OSF HealthCare – Peoria, IL: Connecting Health Systems and Community-Based Organizations to Improve Outcomes
Features a faith-based, 13-hospital health care system serving Illinois and Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Describes OSF Center for Health - Streator, which will feature the first rural freestanding emergency department in Illinois. Discusses how OSF HealthCare is using a case management platform and working with community-based organizations to meet a wide range of patient needs.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Older Adult Housing: Future Collaborations on Housing and Health Services Should Include Relevant Agencies and Define Outcomes
Assesses the extent to which the Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), Health and Human Services (HHS), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Housing Service collaborated to address the needs of older adults living in federally assisted housing.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Working Together at the State and National Level: Q&A with Karen Madden
Interview with Charles D. Cook Office of Rural Health Director Karen Madden. Highlights the collaborations among New York State's rural health organizations. Describes Madden's work at the state and national levels supporting rural health.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Network Spotlight: Montana Health Network
Highlights an interview with Chris Hopkins, VP of Strategy and Business Development with Montana Health Network. Provides a description of the Montana Health Network, member benefits, and challenges encountered when working on rural healthcare. Covers advantages of working in rural areas and insights gained through the development of the network.
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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The Lonely Rural Funder's Guide to Networking
Blog post examining the benefits of networking and encouraging rural funders to employ a type of creative thinking that is different from that used by urban philanthropic organizations. Includes ideas for promoting networking for rural healthcare institutions.
Author(s): Allen Smart
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Exponent Philanthropy
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Strategies to Combat Opioid Use in Rural Communities
Webinar discussing evidence-based, cost-effective prevention, treatment, and recovery programs successfully used in rural settings to combat opioid problems. Described community organizing strategies to engage local stakeholders. Presented by John Gale from the Maine Rural Health Research Center.
Additional links: Presentation Slides, Transcript, Webinar Recording
Date: 01/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Research Gateway
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Cybersecurity Toolkit for Rural Hospitals and Clinics
Describes 4 steps to help rural clinics and hospitals develop and maintain cybersecurity programs: awareness, assessment, implementation and remediation, and education. Includes a list of resources, checklists, and tools appropriate for all users.
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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