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Resources by Topic: Research methods and resources

Linking Research to Rural Communities with the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
Webinar recording discusses the role translational research plays in addressing rural health disparities. Features presentations by representatives from RHIhub, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, and the Translational Research Institute.
Additional links: Audio Recording, Presentation Slides, Webinar Transcript
Date: 03/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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2020 Census Resources for Rural Health Stakeholders
Features ideas and resources shared during a February 27, 2020, Twitter Chat for rural stakeholders interested in ensuring a complete 2020 Census count for hard-to-count populations. Explains the importance of an accurate Census count to census-guided funding.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, Rural Health Information Hub
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2020 Census Engagement Opportunities for Rural Health Stakeholders
#RuralHealthChat discusses the upcoming 2020 census and what's at stake for "hard-to-count" rural communities. Co-hosts RHIhub and NOSORH feature experts from the Census Project, the National Association of Counties, and the Rural Policy Institute, among others.
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Including Rural Populations in Research
Presents a video discussing the importance of researchers to include rural populations and rural programs in their healthcare research in order to achieve health equity and eliminate health disparities.
Author(s): Kristine Sande
Date: 02/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
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Using Data to Define Rural Populations
Offers a step-by-step guide for developing a rural community baseline dataset, and identifies links to helpful resources and existing datasets, with the intent to help State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) focus on the demographics influencing health and the health needs of the rural communities within their state.
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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U.S. Census 2020: Engagement Opportunities for Rural Health Stakeholders
Discusses the U.S. Census Bureau's set of "Hard-to-Count" target areas for the 2020 census that include rural census tracts. Identifies ways in which rural stakeholders can use this information to engage healthcare providers in census support activities.
Citation: NOSORH Issue Brief, 2(3)
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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VA Health Care: Efforts to Prioritize and Translate Research into Clinical Practice
Examines how the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) sets priorities for funding research, VA efforts to facilitate translation of research into clinical practice, and coordination between VA's research program and other parts of the VA. Briefly highlights a research study on the use of telemedicine outreach for rural veterans with PTSD.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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A Bivariate Mapping Tutorial for Cancer Control Resource Allocation Decisions and Interventions
Discusses the utility of geographic information systems software (ArcGIS) with public health data to inform resource allocation and public health interventions for cancer control planning. Provides step-by-step guidance for developing a bivariate choropleth map (map of two variables) using county data from South Carolina's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System for cervical cancer screening, and data on the availability of cervical cancer screening providers in South Carolina's Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.
Author(s): Claire Biesecker, Whitney E. Zahnd, Heather M. Brandt, Swann Arp Adams, Jan M. Eberth
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 17
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
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Ten-Year Reflections on the County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
Discussion of how data, evidence, guidance, and examples used in County Health Rankings & Roadmaps publications from January 2009 - January 2019 have helped communities improve the conditions in which their residents live. Examines how the methodology has changed over time, and includes a section on how the researchers adapted their methods so as to appropriately analyze data from rural areas with small populations.
Author(s): Bridget Booske Catlin, Willems Van Dijk
Date: 2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
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Health Literacy in Clinical Research: Practice and Impact: Proceedings of a Workshop
Summary of presentations and discussions held April 11, 2019 in Washington, D.C. by the Roundtable on Health Literacy of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Topics include challenges for diverse populations' participation in clinical trials, best practices, and health literacy strategies for effective communication with participants. Chapter 4 includes a description of clinical trials during which researchers conducted health literacy interventions in cancer screenings in mainly rural areas.
Additional links: Read Online
Author(s): Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice
Date: 2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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