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Resources by Topic: Schools

America’s Eating Habits: Food Away From Home
Examines how eating out and the availability of food options affects U.S. diets. Addresses rural/urban differences, socioeconomic factors, and relevant federal programs. Covers school lunch programs, quick-service restaurants, and full-service restaurants, including maps showing restaurant availability and growth by county.
Author(s): Michelle J. Saksena, Abigail M. Okrent, Tobenna D. Anekwe, et al.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Roadmap for Action: Advancing the Adoption of Telehealth in Child Care Centers and Schools to Promote Children’s Health and Well-Being
Discusses strategies and benefits to adopting a telehealth program in a child care center or school. Describes successful rural specific program examples. Outlines a guide for program adoption that covers identifying and building relationships with stakeholders, needs assessment, finding equipment, privacy, payment, sustainability, and implementation challenges.
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The Children's Partnership
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Characteristics of School Districts Offering Free School Meals to All Students Through the Community Eligibility Provision of the National School Lunch Program
Examines characteristics of school districts that elected to implement the Community Eligibility Provision during the 2015-2016 school year. Features statistics with breakdowns by rural, urban, suburban, or town locations.
Author(s): Stephanie Rogus, Joanne Guthrie, Katherine Ralston
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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School Meals Programs and Other USDA Child Nutrition Programs: A Primer
Describes how federal child nutrition programs operate under current law, including eligibility rules, participation, and funding. Features statistics including reimbursement rates with breakdowns by rural or urban locations.
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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School District Crisis Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Plans — United States, 2006, 2012, and 2016
Examines crisis preparedness in schools, with data on urban, suburban, town, and rural areas. Includes information on district requirements for school preparedness related to family reunification procedures, pandemic influenza or other infectious disease outbreak response, provisions for special needs or mental health services, and funding for or provision of crisis preparedness training.
Author(s): Judy Kruger, Nancy Brener, Rebecca Leeb, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 67(30), 809-814
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Together We Can Be Bully Free: CAH and Law Enforcement Address Peer Victimization through School-Based Program
Highlights an anti-bullying program developed by Union General Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) in Union Parish, Louisiana. Describes how the hospital and local law enforcement collaborate to teach elementary, middle, and high school students about the negative effects bullying and how to model positive social behavior.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Human Trafficking: A Rural Perspective
Recorded webinar discussing data on the prevalence of human trafficking of rural children in their communities and schools. Covers risk factors and indicators. Describes promising and evidence-based prevention and intervention programs for rural communities and schools.
Additional links: Download Video Recording
Author(s): Karen Gentile, Eve Birge, Carrie Freshour, Kevin Lavine
Date: 05/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Behavioral Health Initiative for Children, Youth, and Families
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Case Studies From the 2017 Care Coordination Comparative Study
Provides an overview of four care coordination approaches being used in rural areas: care coach, clinical, community health worker, and school-based. Includes individual case studies of rural care coordination programs, with detailed information on target populations, technology used, partners, care team composition, and more.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: National Rural Health Resource Center, Rural Health Innovations
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Providing Access to Mental Health Services for Children in Rural Areas
Policy brief discussing options for improving access to mental health services for rural children, including telemedicine, integration of behavioral health and primary care, and school-based care. Features three brief case studies.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Teen Pregnancy: Federal Prevention Programs
Report evaluates four federally funded programs that focus on teen pregnancy prevention: the Teen Pregnancy Prevention (TPP) program, the Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP), the Title V Sexual Risk Avoidance Education program, and the Sexual Risk Avoidance Education program. Features a breakdown of each program and an evaluation of their activities and efficacy. Discusses which programs operate in rural areas.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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