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How Medicaid Can Help Schools Sustain Support for Students' Mental Health
Discusses adolescent mental health in the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic and the impacts on schools moving forward. Examines Medicaid as a funding option when COVID-19 relief expires. Includes discussion on access to mental health professionals in rural areas.
Author(s): Phyllis W. Jordan, Anne Dwyer, Bella DiMarco, Margaux Johnson-Green
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: FutureEd
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Assessing the Effectiveness of Policies to Improve Access to Primary Care for Underserved Populations
Case study of policy initiatives to increase access to primary care, focusing on rural Grant County, New Mexico. Discusses challenges to expanding the primary care workforce, bringing outpatient clinics into communities, mobile clinics and telehealth, affordability, and more.
Author(s): Maanasa Kona, Megan Houston, Jalisa Clark, Emma Walsh-Alker
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Milbank Memorial Fund
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2022 County Health Rankings National Findings Report
Analyzes county-level health disparities by examining health factors and outcomes throughout the U.S. Covers living wages, gender pay gap, childcare costs, school funding, and more. Discusses impacts of COVID-19, key findings, and calls to action to improve community health outcomes.
Additional links: State Reports
Date: 04/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
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Response to Suicide in Rural Communities: A Panel Discussion
Webinar recording features a discussion about youth suicide prevention in both rural schools and communities. Highlights rates of suicide among youth aged 10 to 24 from 2009-2018 and details the perspectives of mental health professionals working in rural communities.
Date: 04/2022
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Mountain Plains Mental Health Technology Transfer Center
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"What We Raise Ourselves": Growing Food Sovereignty in the Mississippi Delta
Discusses strategies to achieve food sovereignty and preserve traditional food practices in the Mississippi Delta based on data from 43 surveys and focus group interviews from 28 participants. Presents information on community gardens, farmers markets, and farm-to-school programs such as Delta EATS to provide more nutritious food options for local communities.
Author(s): Emily A. Holmes, Mary F. Campbell, Ryan Betz
Citation: Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community Development, 11(2)
Date: 03/2022
Type: Document
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USDA Community Eligibility Provision Characteristics Study
Reports on the school meal service Community Eligible Provisions (CEP) in low-income areas based on data from school years 2014-2015 and 2016-2017. Discusses characteristics of participating and non-participating Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and schools, the perceived benefits and barriers of participation, and impacts of CEP. Includes data on eligibility and participation of LEAs in rural areas.
Author(s): Jim Murdoch, Hiren Nisar, Devin Wallace-Williams, et al.
Date: 03/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Food and Nutrition Service
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Telehealth for FQHCs/RHCs: School-Based Telehealth
Offers a 3-part video series on school-based telehealth for Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs). Topics covered in part 1 include school-based telehealth resources and opportunities; part 2 offers information on school based health clinic benefits, program development, payment, and technology considerations; and part 3 covers school based primary care, integrated behavioral health, virtual learning, and evolution of telehealth services. If viewed through YouTube, transcripts are available by clicking the three dots and selecting "show transcript."
Additional links: Telehealth for FQHCs/RHCs: School-Based Telehealth Part 2, Telehealth for FQHCs/RHCs: School-Based Telehealth Part 3
Date: 03/2022
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Consortium of Telehealth Resource Centers
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Support for Rural Colorado Schools Survey: Opportunities for Philanthropy to Address District Needs
Discusses results from an October 2021 survey in rural Colorado schools about urgent challenges and needed supports. Offers guidance for collaborating with philanthropic funders to meet needs in rural schools to address mental health, staffing shortages, academic support, and other issues.
Author(s): Katrina Boone, Paul Beach, Juliet Squire
Date: 02/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bellwether Education Partners
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Rural Community Health Initiative: Compendium of Best Practices
Presents a collection of community-based health initiatives, including a school health initiative, a COVID-19 vaccine outreach and education program, and telehealth consortia, among others. Describes successful outcomes and sources of funding for each program.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Disaster Recovery: School Districts in Socially Vulnerable Communities Faced Heightened Challenges after Recent Natural Disasters
Examines 5 school districts in socially vulnerable communities and describes problems faced by students after disasters, including housing instability, food insecurity, and lack of access to mental health services, especially in rural communities. Includes a state- and territory-level map showing school districts that received federal recovery grants for 2017-2019 presidentially-declared disasters.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 01/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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