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

Answering The Call: 988 - A New Vision for Crisis Response
Discuss three areas important to implementing the 988 mental health crisis response number and behavioral health crisis response: interagency collaboration, the behavioral health workforce, and financing. Offers policy recommendations for developing a comprehensive crisis response system. Discusses rural considerations and challenges throughout.
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bipartisan Policy Center
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Supporting Critical Access Hospital Staff during COVID-19
Presents summaries of initiatives taken in three Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) to support staff during the COVID-19 pandemic with regard to child care, stress and well-being, and work flexibility. Discusses similarities across these programs and offers considerations for CAHs interested in implementing similar initiatives.
Author(s): Madeleine Pick, Megan Lahr, Shehrose Charania, Ira Moscovice
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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On the Farm
Documentary miniseries explores mental health and substance misuse on the American farm. Discusses the factors that contribute to psychological stress and substance use in farm families. Features interviews with experts as well as farmers and their families.
Additional links: Film Website
Date: 06/2022
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Mississippi State University
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Ventilation Improvement Strategies Among K–12 Public Schools — The National School COVID-19 Prevention Study, United States, February 14–March 27, 2022
Examines different school-based strategies to improve ventilation, with the goal of reducing incidence of COVID-19. Includes data on implementation of each strategy by school location for city, suburb, town, and rural schools.
Author(s): Sanjana Pampati, Catherine N. Rasberry, Luke McConnell, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 71(23), 770-775
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy among Rural Oklahomans
Study examining COVID-19 vaccine perceptions and hesitancy among residents of rural Oklahoma counties based on an online questionnaire completed by 222 individuals. Offers demographic data and discusses perceived barriers to vaccination, including concerns about vaccine development and data, complications, and availability, as well as perceived benefits including prevention of COVID-19 infection and transmission.
Author(s): Randolph D. Hubach, Bryan Shannon, Kerry D. Morgan, et al.
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 22(2), 7128
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
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Changes in Transmucosal Buprenorphine Utilization for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment During the COVID-19 Pandemic in Kentucky
Explores changes in prescription rates of transmuscosal buprenorphine for the treatment of opioid use disorder during the COVID-19 pandemic in Kentucky. Compares prescribing rates in rural versus urban areas and examines rates on a week by week basis.
Author(s): Feitong Lei, Michelle R. Lofwall, Patricia R. Freeman, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
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DRCHSD Spotlight on Henry County Medical Center
Discusses how the Delta Region Community Health Systems Development Program and the Henry County Medical Center in Tennessee assemble a group of diverse community partners to identify and address the behavioral health gaps in their community.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Summit Equips Participants to Take Action on Health Inequity and Stigma Related to Substance Use Disorder in Rural Communities
Highlights the Taking Action National Rural Substance Use Disorder Health Equity and Stigma Summit hosted by the University of Rochester Medicine Recovery Center of Excellence on May 18-20, 2022. Includes select presentation recordings and resources related to rural substance use disorder (SUD) care, overdose prevention, addressing stigma, and other related topics.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: University of Rochester Medicine Recovery Center of Excellence
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Colorado Rural Sustainability Network Chronic Care Management, 2020–2021
Highlights the burden of chronic care management by rurality in Colorado. Looks at cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and heart attack management across the rural and urban spectrum.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Rural Health Center
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Expanded Naloxone Distribution to Reduce Rural Opioid Overdose Mortality
Discusses a study on the effect community-based and pharmacy-initiated naloxone distribution has had on rates of rural opioid overdose mortality. Highlights an intervention that expands naloxone access points in rural communities and pharmacies in addition to traditional provider-based treatment.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Vermont Center on Rural Addiction
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