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Resources by Topic: Wellness, health promotion, and disease prevention

Program Implementation and Church Members' Health Behaviors in a Countywide Study of the Faith, Activity, and Nutrition Program
Analyzes relationships between Faith, Activity, and Nutrition (FAN) program implementation and physical activity, fruit and vegetable consumption, and self-efficacy for improving these behaviors among church members in a southeastern, medically underserved county in a rural area. Features data and statistics on participants' health behaviors and self-efficacy at baseline and at a 12-month follow-up.
Author(s): John Bernhart, Sara Wilcox, Ruth Saunders, Brent Hutto, Jessica Stucker
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 18
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
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National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness
A roadmap for responding to the COVID-19 pandemic and coordinating the national response across all federal departments and agencies. Centered around seven goals addressing mitigation, vaccination, and other key areas. Goal 6 focuses on protecting those most at risk and advancing equity across racial, ethnic, and rural/urban lines. Includes information on rural and tribal issues throughout, including addressing vaccine hesitancy and access to vaccines in hard-to-reach communities.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The White House
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Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation: Taking a Leadership Role and Building Trust
An interview with Kim Barber Tieman, program director for health and human services for the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, sharing how the foundation has responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses efforts to help West Virginia organizations navigate and apply for federal funding opportunities, support for mobile COVID testing units to better reach communities of color, support for telehealth infrastructure, and a wide range of other activities to help meet the needs of the vulnerable and disenfranchised.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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The Surgeon General's Call to Action to Implement the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention
Report details the a comprehensive national strategy for suicide prevention for individuals, families, and communities. Outlines 6 plans of actions to address suicide across the country, such as a broad-based public health response, crisis care and care transitions, and evidence-base care, among other factors.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
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COVID-19 Vaccine Communication Toolkit for Community-Based Organizations: Getting Started
Resources and information to help organizations that serve communities impacted by COVID-19 share information on vaccination. Includes key messages, answers to frequently asked questions, a presentation slide deck, posters and flyers, newsletter content, social media messages, and more.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Eat Healthy, Be Active Community Workshops Implemented with Rural Hispanic Women
Describes a pilot study investigating whether delivering Eat Healthy, Be Active (EHBA) workshops through promotoras is a practical and culturally relevant method for encouraging healthy lifestyle behaviors and reducing obesity among Hispanic women in rural areas of Washington state. Includes data and statistics, with information on changes in nutrition label literacy, food insecurity, health behaviors, and health status among participants.
Author(s): Janeth I. Sanchez, Katherine J. Briant, Samantha Wu-Georges, et al.
Citation: BMC Women's Health, 21(24)
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
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The "Community of Immunity" Vaccination Deficit Explorer
An interactive web-based mapping tool offering county-level estimates of annual influenza vaccination rates and potential COVID-19 vaccination deficit rates. Results can be filtered by the Community PPE (Public Health, Primary Care, Health Equity) Index, a measure of public health readiness to respond to the pandemic. Part of the HealthLandscape set of tools.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: American Academy of Family Physicians
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Social Media Toolkit: COVID-19 Vaccinations
Offers sample social media messages and graphics to help share information on COVID-19 vaccination. Addresses information on the vaccines, benefits of vaccination, vaccine safety, and what to expect after vaccination.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Vaccine Hesitancy in Rural America
Provides information gathered in surveys and focus groups concerning public opinion about COVID-19 vaccination in rural areas. Features statistics on the percentages of people who intend to get the vaccine, who intend to delay vaccination until they see how well it works in other people, and who fear becoming sick with COVID-19, with breakdowns by urban, suburban, and rural locations.
Author(s): Ashley Kirzinger, Cailey Munana, Mollyann Brodie
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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COVID-19 Response Practices in Transit
Provides descriptions and examples of practices implemented by rural, tribal, and urban transit agencies in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Includes discussion on practices for protecting passengers and workers; cleaning, disinfecting, and ventilating vehicles and infrastructure; operational considerations; passenger communications; and technology and innovation.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Transit Assistance Program
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