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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Planning and strategy methods and resources

Toward Hospital Global Budgeting: State Considerations
Overview of hospital global budgeting, using case studies from Maryland, Pennsylvania, and Vermont. Explores ways in which global budgets can offer some financial stability for rural hospitals.
Author(s): Robert Murray
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: State Health & Value Strategies
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Emergency Preparedness and Recovery: A Toolkit for Rural Communities
Provides information and resources to assist a long term recovery group (LTRG) responding to a disaster and implementing recovery plans in a rural community. Addresses the infrastructure and health needs of rural residents in a disaster. Offers considerations for establishing a LTRG in a small and/or rural area and covers topics specific to rural areas, such as organizing volunteers and financial management.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Planners4Health
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Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment: Sixth Report to Congress
Describes the results of the 2015 drinking water infrastructure needs survey and assessment at the national and state level. Includes information and statistics describing small water systems serving populations of 3,300 or fewer and addresses the needs of American Indian and Alaska Native Village water systems.
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Telling Your Story: Using Data to Show Value
Slide presentation showing ways to engage an audience and use data effectively when presenting information about how well healthcare programs are meeting needs and promoting change.
Author(s): Karla Weng
Date: 02/2018
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Exploring Strategies to Improve Health and Equity in Rural Communities
Identifies the strengths and assets of rural communities, key partners, change agents, and opportunities to leverage assets to improve rural health and equity through a national forum of over 400 national and region cross-sector stakeholders. Findings were organized into four categories: individual assets, organizational assets, community assets, and cultural assets. Includes discussion on challenges and opportunities for action for each asset category.
Additional links: Leveraging Culture and History to Improve Health and Equity in Rural Communities, Recommendations for Philanthropies and Government Agencies to Improve Health and Equity in Rural Communities, Supporting Change Agents Across Sectors to Improve Health and Equity in Rural Communities
Author(s): Michael Meit
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
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Leveraging Research and Philanthropy to Reduce Crime and Violence in the Mississippi Delta
Explores how foundations fund public safety projects, focusing on Phillips County, Arkansas and Coahoma County, Mississippi. Features background on violence and crime in rural areas, including a description of the research literature. Proposes framework for selecting and implementing violence prevention and intervention on the community level.
Author(s): Jessica Saunders, Dionne Barnes-Proby, Samuel Peterson
Date: 2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RAND Corporation
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Building Complex Care Programs: A Road Map for States
Provides guidance for state leaders who are working to establish and advance complex care programs, particularly for high-need, high-cost Medicaid patients. Shares lessons learned from the National Governors Association's work with multiple state and local complex care initiatives. Includes program details and considerations specific to rural areas.
Author(s): Sandra Wilkniss, Sonia Pandit, Flora Arabo, Sally Malone, Hemi Tewarso
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Governors Association
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Making Connections: A Guide to Starting a Rural HIV Care Telemedicine Program
Overview of a program providing HIV care to rural Alabama that started as an in-person service in rural clinics and transitioned to a telemedicine program. Includes a 10 step road map for planning and implementing a telemedicine program. Covers considerations for program development including scheduling, service delivery, legal considerations, barriers and facilitators to planning, and technology. Free to download after registering name, organization, and email.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: AIDS United
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2017 Rural Health Network Summit: The Role of Networks in the Changing Health Care Landscape
Summarizes the discussions from the 2017 Rural Health Network Summit. Identifies critical solutions for network leaders and sets key priority areas for federal spending and technical assistance. Seeks to facilitate best practices among rural health networks and demonstrate the importance of networks in improving the rural healthcare system.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Financial Distress and Closures of Rural Hospitals
Webinar recording presents an analysis of indicators of financial distress and the causes of closures of rural hospitals. Discusses realistic benchmarks rural hospitals should meet to maintain financial stability. Highlights data on rural hospitals currently at high risk of financial stress across the country.
Additional links: Presentation Slides, Transcript
Date: 09/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Research Gateway
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