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Resources by Topic: Research methods and resources

Informing the Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) 2.0 Evaluation Design: A Brief Review of the Literature
Summarizes results of a literature review on approaches to conducting research and evaluation in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. Also examines strategies for recruitment and retention in tribal post-secondary education, AI/AN career pathways, and tribal college workforce development programs. Describes how the literature review informed the Tribal Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) 2.0 evaluation design.
Author(s): Michael Meit, Carol Hafford, Catharine Fromknecht, et al.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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Creating a Framework to Support Measure Development for Telehealth
Report intended to advance telehealth quality measurement by developers, researchers, analysts, and other members of the healthcare community. Includes case studies of several programs geared toward patients in rural areas.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Quality Forum
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Data Quality Assessment of the 2014 Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander National Health Interview Survey
Assesses the quality of the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander National Health Interview Survey (NHPI NHIS), the first federal survey focused on the health of the NHPI population of the United States. Compares the survey's population characteristic results to the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and the annual NHIS for combined years 2010–2014.
Author(s): Adena M. Galinsky, Carla E. Zelaya, Catherine Simile, Patricia M. Barnes
Location: Vital Health Statistics, 2(174)
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Tribal Implications of the Revised Common Rule & NIH sIRB Policy
Highlights revisions in two federal policies regarding oversight of research conducted within tribal communities. Includes updates to the Common Rule governing research with human subjects and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) single Institute Review Board (sIRB) policy.
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center
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Understanding American Indian and Alaska Native Early Childhood Needs: The Potential of Existing Data
Details a report on the healthcare and developmental needs of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children from prenatal to 5 years of age. Draws conclusions pertaining to information from the American Community Survey and the Head Start Program Information Reports and points to gaps and limitations in the current data regarding AI/AN children and their families.
Author(s): Lizabeth Malone, Emily Knas, Sara Bernstein, Lindsay Read Feinberg
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Mathematica Policy Research
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Wireless Substitution: Early Release of Estimates From the National Health Interview Survey, July-December 2016
Provides data on households that rely on wireless telephones rather than landlines. Indicates trends by providing figures for 6-month periods from July 2013 to December 2016. Includes data for non-metropolitan compared to metropolitan areas. Telephone surveys conducted using only landline numbers could be biased if the wireless-only population differs in relevant ways from the landline population.
Author(s): Stephen J. Blumberg, Julian V. Luke
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Extending Work on Rural Health Disparities: A Commentary on Matthews and Colleagues’ Report
Commentary on the CDC MMWR report, Health-Related Behaviors by Urban-Rural County Classification — United States, 2013. Discusses the value of the data provided in the report, which highlights health-related behaviors for six geographic levels. Offers recommendations to build on this work.
Author(s): Paul A. Gilbert, Helena H. Laroche, Robert B. Wallace, Edith A. Parker, Susan J. Curry
Location: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 04/2017
Type: Document
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Rural Landscape Framework
Provides a three step process for developing rural-relevant research, policies, and programs. Includes questions to consider, key rural factors, and macro-trends that impact rural communities.
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Georgia Health Policy Center
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Building the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
Brief video overview of the creation of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) in 1987. Also describes some of FORHP’s early work, including the establishment of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and the Rural Health Research Center program.
Date: 11/2016
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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CRCAIH Methodology Core: Tracking Health over Time and Geography
Shows the potential impact of the Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health on health and health disparities. Looks at county-level health outcome data in North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. Ranks counties into six groups based on estimated health index. Includes maps showing the rankings and identifying reservation lands and locations of CRCAIH tribal partners.
Author(s): Jing Zhao, Morgan Nelson, Jessica Hanson, Susan Puumala
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health
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