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

Case Study: Community Fitness Initiative Helps Lower Childhood Obesity Rates
Details key steps and lessons learned of community stakeholders in Lexington, Nebraska, regarding an initiative aimed at reducing local childhood obesity rates. Using a partnership approach, leaders at Lexington Regional Health Center successfully implemented a community-wide program, the Community Fitness Initiative (CFI), to reduce obesity rates in area schools.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Binational Border Infectious Disease Surveillance Program (BIDS)
Details a cooperative program between the CDC and the Mexican Secretariat of Health to monitor infectious diseases along the U.S.-Mexico border. Discusses program governance, the surveillance process, and outbreak response.
Additional links: En Español
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Care Management Medicare Reimbursement Strategies for Rural Providers
Information for rural healthcare providers on Medicare billing codes for services to keep beneficiaries healthy and better coordinate services to support beneficiaries at home. Addresses Annual Wellness Visits, Chronic Care Management, Transitional Care Management, and Principal Care Management.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, Rural Health Information Hub
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U.S. Diabetes Surveillance System
Provides access to national, state, and county-level data and trends for diabetes and diabetes-related concerns. Select "indicators" to view additional data options, including burden of diabetes, preventive care, health status and disability, risk factors, and diabetes-related end-stage renal disease. Also includes data on social determinants of health that have the potential to impact diabetes health disparities.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Case Study: Community Partnerships Engage Residents in Healthy Living
Explains how Merrick Medical Center, located in Central City, Nebraska, partnered with other community organizations to help residents improve overall health by focusing on fitness and wellness activities. Shares their approach, results, lessons learned, and more from Merrick Medical Center's campaign to reinvent preventive care in the community.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Case Study: Hospital and Fitness Center Join Forces for a Healthy Community
Highlights a partnership between Columbus Community Hospital, located in Columbus, Nebraska, and the YMCA that resulted in a number of additional or improved health and wellness services in the community, including a new fitness center. Shares the key steps, project successes, lessons learned, and more.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Rural Tobacco Control and Prevention Toolkit
Resources and best practices to help rural communities develop tobacco control and prevention programs. Identifies program models and examples, and discusses implementation, evaluation, sustainability, and dissemination of program results.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Rural Prevention and Treatment of Substance Use Disorders Toolkit
Resources and best practices to help rural communities develop substance use disorder prevention and treatment programs. Identifies program models and examples, and discusses implementation, evaluation, sustainability, and dissemination of program results.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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NCCDPHP Success Stories
A searchable collection of projects from the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Features projects addressing tobacco cessation, healthy eating, physical activity, and more.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Food and Nutrition Assistance Research Reports Database
Two searchable databases, one for peer-reviewed research reports and articles and the other for RIDGE (Research Innovation and Development Grants in Economics) project summaries. Material for each database focuses on social science research centered around the challenges faced by rural areas regarding food and nutrition assistance. Allows search by title, year, topic, and data set.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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