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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Schools

Leveling the Playing Field for Rural Students
Provides a snapshot of rural schools and discusses the challenges they face. Challenges include how to provide new, high quality educational opportunities, health barriers that affect learning, providing career and technical education programs, food insecurity for rural children, and investments in rural schools.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: School Superintendents Association
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Mental Health Best Practices with Kari Oyen
Kari Oyen, professor of School Psychology at the University of South Dakota, discusses mental health issues including suicidal behavior in rural America, the role played by school psychologists, and prevention services based on risk factors including single-parent homes, poverty, and poor attendance at school.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organizations: Center for Rural Affairs, National Rural Education Association
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Culture and Self-Determination Provide Strength to Heal
Describes how the Seneca Nation of Indians have incorporated their culture into every program and community initiative. Examples include school and adult Seneca language immersion programs, restoring indigenous plants, cultivating native animals, and the Seneca Strong program to address substance abuse by incorporating prevention and sobriety programming into traditional rites of passage, outdoor skills camps, and powwows. The Seneca Nation of Indians (New York) are a recipient of the 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Prize.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Live Healthy, Live Well, ‘Live Algoma’
Provides an overview of the residents in Algoma, Wisconsin coming together as a community to set goals and work together on health and wellness issues. Working together Algoma residents have created an alternative school, called Pathfinder, out of an old bank, built the Algoma Community Wellness Center, made connections between local industries and schools to create new learning opportunities for students, and more. Algoma is a recipient of the 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Prize.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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A Community Holding Hands to Bridge its Divide
Describes the actions taken and programs developed by the residents of Garret County, Maryland in response to the economic, cultural, and health challenges they face. Working together the Garret County residents have been able to provide scholarships to every high school graduate to attend community college for free, develop 700 affordable, low-income, mixed-income and workforce housing units, and more. Garret County is a recipient of the 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Prize.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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A ‘Scrappy’ Push for Health: ‘Our Best Asset Is Our People’
Provides an overview of health challenges in Allen County, Kansas and actions that communities in the area have taken to address them, including fundraising for a local hospital, building bike and walking trails, establishing job training programs, advocating for improved access to healthy food, and more. Allen County is a recipient of the 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Prize.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Confronting Adverse Childhood Experiences to Improve Rural Kids’ Lifelong Health
Highlights a western North Carolina school district and a Native American tribe in Wisconsin that are working to address adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Provides an overview of the impact ACEs have on health and provides data on ACE exposure among rural adults.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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A Focus on Suicide Prevention in Rural Communities
Recorded webinar highlighting Alaska's state initiatives and projects surrounding suicide awareness, prevention, and post-prevention programming. Includes strategies to engage rural and remote communities and alternative school coalitions to address suicide prevention.
Additional links: Audio Recording, Download Video Recording, Presentation Slides
Author(s): Sharon Fishel
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document, Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Behavioral Health Initiative for Children, Youth, and Families
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Why Rural Matters 2015-2016: Understanding the Changing Landscape
Describes the context and conditions of rural education in each of the fifty states. Discusses poverty, substance abuse, and food insecurity as they relate to the education and health of children in rural areas.
Author(s): Daniel Showalter, Robert Klein, Jerry Johnson, Sara L. Hartman
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural School and Community Trust
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Coast to Cascade Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) Program
Video featuring the Coast to Cascade Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) program, which uses the national CATCH curriculum to promote nutrition and fitness for kids in Oregon’s East Linn and Lincoln counties.
Date: 06/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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