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Resources by Topic: Networking and collaboration

Health Center-Based Medical-Legal Partnerships: Where They Are, How They Work, and How They Are Funded
Describes the recent, rapid expansion of medical-legal partnerships (MLPs) among America's health centers. Highlights programs in four states - Colorado, Oregon, Indiana, and California - and explains how MLPs operate, how they are financed, and how state primary care associations are supporting them. Briefly describes the reasons MLPs are more prevalent in urban areas than in rural areas.
Author(s): Alanna Williamson, Jennifer Trott, Marsha Regenstein
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership
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Housing and Homelessness: Services and Partnerships to Address a Growing Issue
Results of a National Association of Area Agencies on Aging poll on programs, services, and partnerships developed by AAAs to address issues related to housing and homelessness. Includes a case study on public housing and assisted living facilities in rural Batesville, Arkansas.
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Area Agencies on Aging
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Vermont Falls Prevention Quality Improvement Learning Collaborative: Strategies, Successes, and Lessons Learned
Describes the implementation, strategies used, and lessons learned from the Vermont Falls Prevention Quality Improvement Learning Collaborative, which is made up of four Vermont counties and affiliated hospitals serving small populations.
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
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Tribal Elder Protection Team Toolkit
Highlights a 5 section toolkit that outlines the development of a tribal elder protection team. Details the roles of team members, guides to the development of tribal elder abuse codes, and provides cultural sensitivity resources, among other things.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative
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Network Spotlight: Wright Health Partners
Describes the network characteristics, lessons learned, challenges, and accomplishments of Wright Health Partners, a rural healthcare consortium based in Clarion, Iowa. Originally started as an agreement between two Critical Access Hospitals, Wright Health Partners has grown to include schools, an ambulance service, an orthopedic practice, and other partners. Members of Wright Health Partners share an electronic medical record (EMR) system, technical assistance resources, and program funding.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Promising Practice: Reaching Out to Rural New Jersey
Demonstrates how the New Jersey Office of Primary Care and Rural Health launched NJ Rural Health Weeks - statewide celebrations for small towns and farming communities to work together and explore opportunities for involvement and support for rural health in their communities.
Author(s): Beth Blevins
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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Catalyzing Medicaid-Public Health Collaboration to Reduce Childhood Obesity
Explains cross-sector interventions tested by five states - Arizona, Maryland, Oklahoma, Oregon, and Texas - participating in the Center for Health Care Strategies' Innovations in Childhood Obesity Initiative. Each state profile highlights how Medicaid and public health agencies are using innovative approaches to address childhood obesity in their high-risk communities. The Texas initiative focuses on childhood obesity in the rural, low-income population along the U.S./Mexico border.
Author(s): Alexandra Maul, Stephen A. Somers
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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State Flex Program Rural Emergency Medical Services Assessment Strategies
Policy brief describing the emergency medical service (EMS) assessment projects and tools implemented by five State Flex Programs in Arizona, California, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Wisconsin to improve the integration of EMS into rural systems of care. Identifies differences in EMS focused State Flex activities and collaborations to improve local and regional EMS capacity and performance.
Author(s): Karen Pearson, John Gale, Sara Kahn-Troster, Andrew Coburn
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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Staff Sharing Arrangements for Local Public Health
Describes several case studies of local public health organizations' arrangements for sharing health directors, physicians, nurses, inspectors, social workers, or administration staff. Includes descriptions of such arrangements in public health agencies in rural areas of Webster County, Iowa and in three adjacent northwestern Oregon counties with a mixture of urban, suburban, and rural areas.
Author(s): Gerald Young, Joshua Franzel
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Center for Sharing Public Health Services, Center for State & Local Government Excellence
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Mountain-Pacific Quality Health Pilot: Closing the Gaps in Rural Complex Care
Profiles Mountain-Pacific Quality Health, a nonprofit corporation that established a pilot program to improve the health of rural patients through the use of technology and interdisciplinary care teams working together in Montana's Flathead Valley. Describes a $1 million innovation award from the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation to support their use of ReSource Teams and help care for high-cost, high-need Medicare patients in the region.
Additional links: Case Study: Shared Military Background Helps Community Health Workers Connect with Patients in Rural Montana
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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