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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Sustainability of programs

Recognizing and Sustaining the Value of Community Health Workers and Promotores
Discusses the ways in which community health workers and promotores (CHW/Ps) contribute to the healthcare system, with a focus on California. Gives examples of the ways in which CHW/Ps in rural areas can alleviate workforce shortages, strengthen patient engagement with the healthcare system, and act as liaisons to social structures, including churches and Native American tribal organizations.
Author(s): Jim Lloyd, Kathy Moses, Rachel Davis
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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CDFIs 'Make Dreams Come True' by Creating Opportunity in Rural Spaces
Describes the role that Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) can play in helping rural areas gain access to flexible financing options to support rural health projects. Highlights how the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation and Healthcare Georgia Foundation work with CDFIs to help address rural health concerns. Also features a CDFI recipient of Uplift America, the South Carolina Community Loan Fund, that has helped support a health professions high school.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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FY 2016 Report to Congress on Outcome Evaluations of Administration for Native Americans Projects
An evaluation of the activities and outcomes of Administration for Native Americans (ANA) funding in native communities in accordance with the Native American Programs Act (NAPA), and the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993. Describes and measures the impact of the funding, the effectiveness of the planned goals, the methods used for economic and social development including sustainability efforts. Highlights projects related to community health, healthy living, behavioral health, environmental health, and food and nutrition. Includes data on Native American community-driven projects useful to leaders, planners, service providers, and tribal government agencies.
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Native Americans
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Family Medicine Rural Training Track Residencies: Risks and Resilience
Results of a study to understand threats to rural training track (RTT) program sustainability and resilience factors that help RTTs to thrive.
Author(s): Davis G. Patterson, David Schmitz, Randall L. Longenecker
Citation: Family Medicine, 51(8), 649-656
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
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An Introduction to RHI's Network Sustainability Toolkit: History and Background
Provides an audio recording of a presentation on the history and background of the Network Sustainability Toolkit. Covers the goals for the toolkit, what it includes, and the research process behind the creation of the toolkit. Summarizes the characteristics of a sustainable rural health network.
Date: 07/2019
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Sustainability Strategies for Community-based Palliative Care
Summarizes themes from two roundtable discussions conducted in late 2018 with 9 rural palliative care programs in Minnesota and surrounding states. Offers examples and resources for sustainability strategies to support community-based palliative care programs.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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Partnering for Behavioral Health in Rural Northeast and North-Central Nebraska: Workforce Programs and Services
Highlights a behavioral health network in rural Nebraska that seeks to increase behavioral health awareness and access through workforce placement and partnerships with communities and other organizations. Includes an interview with the network director and offers advice for other networks based on lessons learned.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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2018 Annual Report - Washington Rural Health Collaborative
Includes 2018 strategic goals and accomplishments for the 15 member hospitals, and features statistics including number of emergency room visits, clinic visits, net patient services revenue, total patients served per day.
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
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Bridging for Health: Improving Community Health Through Innovations in Financing
Reports on a project that leveraged population health financing efforts through community collaboration. Addresses the process, outcomes, and lessons learned and provides case studies from 7 sites, including several rural communities.
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Georgia Health Policy Center, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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2019 Annual Report of the Boards of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds
Report detailing the current state of the Medicare Hospital Insurance (HI) and Supplemental Medical Insurance (SMI) Trust Funds. Discusses Medicare expenditures as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and makes short and long-range sustainability projections based on variable economic, demographic, and healthcare trends. Also explains the actuarial methods used to calculate the estimates. Includes information on Medicare amendments since the 2018 report, including some that impact rural providers and beneficiaries.
Additional links: Tables and figures
Author(s): Boards of Trustees, Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
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