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Resources by Type: Document

Partnership Forum: The Role of Research in the Transformation of Veterans Affairs Community Care
Discusses how research has shaped the Veterans Affairs' Office of Community Care since its inception in 2015. Highlights the effect research has had on care coordination, quality of care, and network adequacy, among other measures, for all veterans including those in rural areas.
Author(s): Michelle A. Mengeling, Kristin M. Mattocks, Denise M. Hynes, et al.
Citation: Medical Care, 59, (6, Suppl3), 232-241
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
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Rural Resource Toolkit: COVID-19 Vaccines
Identifies messaging principles to communicate about COVID-19 vaccination to rural residents. Includes customizable public service announcements, graphics, and other media for sharing facts about vaccination. Part of the It's Up to You public education campaign.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Ad Council, COVID Collaborative
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COVID-19 Vaccines: Audience Insights & Messaging Guidance for Rural Communities
Examines rural residents' perspectives and concerns about vaccines, so that business leaders can respond to employee questions and effectively share vaccine facts. Includes suggested messages and links for additional resources.
Additional links: A Checklist for Rural Employers: Making it Easier for Employees & Workers to get Vaccinated
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Action Alliance
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Mobile Technology and Home Broadband 2021
Discusses results of a survey on broadband access and smartphone ownership. Includes data by age, race, education level, income, and rural/urban residence. Addresses internet connection issues, smartphone dependence, and cost issues.
Author(s): Andrew Perrin
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pew Research Center
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Rural Health Network Development Program: Grantee Directory, 2020-2023
Provides contact information and brief overviews of the 44 rural health networks funded through the Rural Health Network Development grant program during the 2020-2023 grant period.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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COVID-19 Vaccine Talking Points for Rural Leaders
Provides messaging tips for communication that is clear, concise, and personalized to increase COVID-19 vaccine confidence in rural communities. Includes examples sharing facts about vaccination, how to protect local businesses and the economy, and how to help individuals protect themselves.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Hospital Capabilities to Enable Patient Electronic Access to Health Information, 2019
Reports on the percentage of U.S. hospitals that provide patients with electronic access to health information. Includes charts comparing types of electronic access; facility type including Critical Access, rural, and suburban-urban hospitals; and what types of information patients access.
Author(s): Christian Johnson, Wesley Barker
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology
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The Food Retail Landscape Across Rural America
Examines changing food retailer trends from 1990 to 2015 in rural areas, discussing food access issues, economic challenges, and health impacts. Provides county-level maps indicating numbers of food retailers and grocery stores, and compares store types and numbers of food retailers for rural, nonmetro large urban, and nonmetro small urban counties.
Author(s): Alexander Stevens, Clare Cho, Metin Cakir, Xiangwen Kong, Michael Boland
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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National Health Service Corps: Program Directs Funding to Areas with Greatest Provider Shortages
Provides an overview of the National Health Service Corps (NHSC) programs. Examines data for fiscal year 2020 on the number of NHSC providers and where they served, the number and characteristics of applicants that did not receive funding, the number of NHSC sites with vacancies, and information about the effectiveness of NHSC programs at alleviating provider shortages.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Patterns in COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage, by Social Vulnerability and Urbanicity — United States, December 14, 2020–May 1, 2021
Examines vaccination coverage by rurality and social vulnerability. Includes data for metropolitan and nonmetro areas for four levels of social vulnerability and by type of vulnerability, based on the CDC social vulnerability index (SVI).
Author(s): Vaughn Barry, Sharoda Dasgupta, Daniel L. Weller, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 70(22), 818-824
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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