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Resources by Topic: Technology for health and human services

The Impact of Coronavirus on Households Across America
Examines the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on U.S. households. Covers health, economic, and work-related impacts and related issues such as broadband access. Includes a section on problems specific to rural households. A separate report will be released focusing specifically on rural impacts of COVID-19.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, National Public Radio, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Contact Tracing: Training New Workers and Connecting with Rural Residents
Discusses the role contact tracing plays in preventing further spread of the coronavirus in rural communities. Highlights an IHS hospital in Arizona and its in-person contact tracing initiative. Also covers contact tracing training strategies, featuring the work of Alaska's AHEC program, a center for public health in Washington, and a national public health foundation.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Rural Action Plan
Provides an overview of the current rural health care and human services landscape. Outlines a Four-Point strategy to build a sustainable health and human services model for rural communities, leverage technology and innovation, focus on preventing disease and mortality, and increase rural access to care. Identifies opportunities to transform rural health and human services through federal government partnership and describes new policies and programs to implement the Four-Point Strategy. Highlights actions already taken by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support rural communities.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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COVID-19 Reveals Emerging Opportunities for Rural Public Health
Explores potential and existing public health innovations that rural communities can implement to address challenges brought on or exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic, including lack of funding for local health departments, insufficient broadband, and more. Describes the expansion of telehealth services, discusses rural/urban disparities, and offers recommendations for improvement.
Author(s): Angela Dearinger
Citation: American Journal of Public Health, 110(9), 1277-1278.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
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Kansas Institute for Policy and Social Research - COVID-19 Research and Resources
Provides links to COVID-19 resources, including research presentations concerning policy responses to and economic impacts of the virus as well as state and county-level statistics on COVID-19 cases, unemployment rates, broadband availability, and more.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Kansas Institute for Policy & Social Research
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COVID-19 Related Cybersecurity Information
Resources to help hospitals and health systems mitigate risk related to cybersecurity threats during the COVID-19 response.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Rural Digital Opportunity Fund: Requirements and Selected Policy Issues
Provides an overview of the Rural Digital Opportunity Fund (RDOF), which aims to expand broadband service to rural homes and small businesses. Focuses on Phase I of the RDOF, including the timeline, eligible census blocks and broadband service providers, filing requirements, deployment milestones, and related policy issues.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Lessons Learned: Pediatric Tele-Mental Health in a Rural Medical Center in the Age of SARS-CoV-2
Explores a study on the use of telemedicine to expand mental healthcare access to rural children during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses implementation concerns such as a need to protect patient privacy and expand internet-based infrastructure.
Author(s): Komal Satti, Olutosin Ojugbele
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
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Telehealth in Vermont: COVID-19 Response and Recovery
Provides an overview of telehealth services and regulations in Vermont prior to, and in response to, the COVID-19 public health emergency. Includes resources on billing and reimbursement, licensure, patient consent, telehealth platforms and technology, sample workflows and implementation toolkits, case studies, and planning for the future.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Bi-State Primary Care Association
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America at a Glance: Social Isolation and Loneliness During the First Wave of COVID-19
Explores how COVID-19 and related stay-at-home orders contributed to feelings of social isolation and loneliness among people with disabilities. Compares feelings of social isolation and loneliness among urban and rural groups before and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses the possible impact of technological accommodations on these feelings.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Research and Training Center on Disability in Rural Communities, University of Montana Rural Institute: A Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities
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