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Playbook for Enhancing Indiana's Mental and Behavioral Health Workforce
Provides an overview of strategies to improve the mental and behavioral health workforce in Indiana, with a focus on the health workforce pipeline, school-based behavioral health workforce, clinical training, and the alignment of education, policy, and practice. Includes county-level maps that depict workforce strength, location of behavioral health training programs, and Area Health Education Center (AHEC) regions. Includes data on behavioral health issues in Indiana as well as references to successful programs in other U.S. states.
Author(s): H.L. Maxey, M.M. Tobin
Date: 06/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Bowen Center for Health Workforce Research and Policy, Indiana University School of Medicine
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School-Based Health Centers as an Approach to Address Health Disparities among Rural Youth: A Study Protocol for a Multilevel Research Framework
Describes a study protocol to evaluate the impact of school-based health centers (SBHCs) on healthcare utilization, health outcomes, and education in rural, disadvantaged New York counties. Discusses risk factor identification and data collection at the individual, school district, and community levels.
Author(s): Xue Zhang, Mildred E. Warner, Sharon Tennyson, et al.
Citation: PLoS ONE, 19(5), e0303660
Date: 05/2024
Type: Document
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Child Nutrition Program Operations During the COVID-19 Pandemic, July 2020 through December 2021 School Meals Operations Study, Year 2 Report (Final)
Describes trends in Child Nutrition (CN) Program program participation during the COVID-19 pandemic, from July 2020 through December 2021. Builds on a previous report that presents data on the number of meals served, operational and financial challenges of state agencies and local program operators, and the use of COVID-19 Child Nutrition nationwide waivers.
Additional links: Report Summary
Author(s): Liana Washburn, Veronica Severn, Brett Eiffes, et al.
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Breakfast Tips & Strategies for Fueling Success in Rural Districts
A recorded webinar featuring school nutrition staff who have implemented breakfast programs in rural school districts. Discusses strategies for implementation and overcoming challenges. Transcript available below description.
Additional links: Slide Deck
Author(s): Kelly Earnhardt, Nikki Hawthorne, Heidi Miles
Date: 04/2024
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: No Kid Hungry
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Facing Disproportionate Danger, Rural Communities Take a Grassroots Approach to Road Safety
Discusses rural traffic risks. Features programs in rural communities focused on seat belt use, car seat safety, and addressing impaired and distracted driving.
Author(s): Gretel Kauffman
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Building Flourishing Native Families and Thriving Communities: A Reflection on 2023
Provides background on the Administration for Native Americans, outlines strategic priorities for 2023 and 2024, and discusses community partners and collaborations. Focuses on issues such as economic development funding for Native Hawaiians, early childhood development, Native languages, and missing and murdered indigenous people.
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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History of the National Survey of Early Care and Education, Part II: The Development of the 2019 NSECE and the NSECE COVID-19 Longitudinal Follow-Up
Provides information on the different versions of the National Survey of Early Care and Education (NSECE), including policy developments, funding, program expansions, survey methodology, and findings. Includes discussion of ECE in rural areas.
Author(s): Martha Zaslow, Tamara Halle, Rebecca Madill, Nicole Forry
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Administration for Children and Families, Child Trends
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Human-Centered Participatory Co-Design with Children and Adults for a Prototype Lifestyle Intervention and Implementation Strategy in a Rural Middle School
Describes the co-design of a physical activity intervention by children, parents, and teachers in Indiana middle schools. Analyzes participant priorities including autonomy, relationship-building, activity choice, and more. Identifies strategies for effective intervention design, and discusses the significance of physical activity interventions for rural areas.
Author(s): Janette M. Watkins, Sarah J. Greeven, Kathleen N. Heeter, et al.
Citation: BMC Public Health, 24, 845
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
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Loud and Clear: Improving Access to Hearing Care in Rural America
Discusses barriers to rural hearing care access and the importance of hearing conservation. Features a hearing clinic in South Dakota, a telehealth program in Alaska, and a nationally available agriculture safety program working to address rural hearing care.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Urban–Rural Differences in School Districts' Local Wellness Policies and Policy Implementation Environments
Compares urban and rural local wellness policies (LWPs) and implementation environments of 117 Texas school districts. Provides data on LWP goals, including nutrition and physical activity goals, as well as availability of district wellness plans, LWP assessments, and school health advisory councils. Highlights implications for rural school policy and student health.
Author(s): Swati Iyer, Timothy J. Walker, Alexandra L. MacMillan Uribe, et al.
Citation: Nutrients, 16(6), 801
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
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