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The 2008 Report to the Secretary: Rural Health and Human Services Issues
Report to the Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Includes a 20 year retrospective on rural health and human services.
Date: 04/2008
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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Public Health and Information Technology at the United States-Mexico Border: Examples Show Potential
Examines the use of health information technology (HIT) in public health programs at the United States-Mexico border, with an emphasis on frontier and rural health. Includes examples of successful projects addressing tuberculosis, immunizations, and diabetes.
Date: 02/2007
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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Delivering the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force Recommendations in a Rural Health Plan
Explores the challenges that one health plan faces in delivering the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) recommendations to its rural patient population.
Author(s): Alycia Infante, Michael Meit
Date: 02/2007
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
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Attention from the Top: Roles of State Offices of Rural Health Policy in Preparing for Bioterrorism and Other Health System Emergencies
Presents results from a survey of directors of State Offices of Rural Health (SORHs) on emergency preparedness in rural communities. Discusses emergency preparedness activities of SORHs and SORH directors' impression of preparedness in rural areas of their states.
Author(s): Curt D. Mueller
Date: 07/2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
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Model Trauma System Planning and Evaluation
Designed to provide trauma care direction to trauma care professionals, including public health officials and health care policy experts, when developing and evaluating trauma systems.
Additional links: Trauma System Self-Assessment Supplemental Tool: Benchmarks, Indicators, and Scoring
Date: 02/2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Public Health Preparedness: Integrating Public Health and Hospital Preparedness Programs
Examines different models for coordination that local health departments and general acute-care hospitals have employed to improve public health preparedness. Includes discussion of rural issues.
Author(s): Lois M. Davis, Jeanne S. Ringel, Sarah K. Cotton, et al.
Date: 2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RAND Corporation
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Organizing State and Local Health Departments for Public Health Preparedness
Examines whether state and local public health agencies relate to one another in a way that facilitates emergency response and preparedness. Includes discussion of issues facing rural areas.
Author(s): Jeffrey Wasserman, Peter Jacobson, Nicole Lurie, et al.
Date: 2006
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RAND Corporation
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Highway Safety: Federal and State Efforts to Address Rural Road Safety Challenges
Identifies the factors contributing to rural road fatalities. Discusses federal and state efforts to improve safety and the challenges to making improvements in rural road safety.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 05/2004
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Understanding the Role of the Rural Hospital Emergency Department in Responding to Bioterrorist Attacks and Other Emergencies: A Review of the Literature and Guide to the Issues
Overview of bioterrorism preparedness issues facing rural hospitals, including physical capacity, sufficiency of health personnel, preparedness plans, disease surveillance systems, and communication/coordination. Detailed review of the literature, with discussion.
Author(s): Claudia L. Schur
Date: 04/2004
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
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Rural Minority Children's Access to and Timeliness of Immunizations: 1993-2001
Reports findings from a study to assess the quality of healthcare provided to rural minority children, using timeliness of immunization as an indicator of quality.
Additional links: Fact Sheet
Author(s): Arch G. Mainous III, Terrence E. Steyer, Mark E. Geesey
Date: 11/2003
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center)
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