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Resources by Type: Tool

Vaccine Allocation Planner for COVID-19
A tool to help states and counties plan for COVID-19 vaccination. Provides county-level estimates for the size of different priority populations and the percent vaccine coverage achievable under various scenarios. Users can select which groups to vaccinate, count available doses, and select an allocation approach.
Date: 02/2021
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: Ariadne Labs
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Mental Health Systems Solutions Explorer
Interactive tool offering evidence-based solutions to increase mental healthcare utilization, increase access to care, and establish a continuum of care. Contains examples of each solution in practice. Solutions can be filtered to view those specifically of interest to rural communities.
Date: 01/2021
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: RAND Corporation
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Re-imagining Leadership: A Pathway for Rural Health to Thrive in a COVID-19 World
A COVID-19 emergency response playbook for rural healthcare delivery systems. Designed to build rural hospital and primary care leadership capacities around strategic thinking and local problem solving. Distills insights from rural hospital administrators, clinicians, and public health experts. Includes an assessment tool to help rural communities examine governance and leadership, community engagement, financial health, clinical care, and emergency preparedness and resilience.
Author(s): Lauren S. Hughes, Benjamin D. Anderson, Darlene B. Tad-y, et al.
Date: 12/2020
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organizations: Colorado Hospital Association, Eugene S. Farley, Jr. Health Policy Center
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Rural Health Clinic COVID-19 Reporting Portal
Data collection portal for Rural Health Clinics (RHCs) that received funding through the RHC COVID-19 Testing Program. Allows RHCs to report information related to their testing activities as required in the terms and conditions of the program.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organizations: Health Resources and Services Administration, National Association of Rural Health Clinics
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The Health and Economic Impacts of Nonpharmaceutical Interventions to Address COVID-19
Provides decision-makers with state-by-state public health and economic data to review when considering modifying interventions designed to protect communities against the spread of COVID-19. Includes an interactive tool to model the impact of policy changes. Evaluates and compares the efficacy of several policy interventions.
Author(s): Raffaele Vardavas, Aaron Strong, Jennifer Bouey, et al.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: RAND Corporation
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Value-Based Care Assessment Tool
Online tool that assesses 121 different value-based care capacities in eight categories and creates a value-based care readiness report that can be used to support strategic planning. Tool is designed to be used by your healthcare organization's senior leadership team and takes roughly 1.5 to 2 hours to complete.
Date: 2018
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Recruitment and Retention Planning for Rural Health Networks and Members
Toolkit including a recruitment and retention plan guide, an assessment tool, templates, and plan samples. Dynamic documents to help network leaders carry out the planning, preparation, follow-up, and follow-through phases of recruitment and retention efforts in rural healthcare facilities.
Date: 04/2017
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Critical Access Hospital Financial Model
Excel-based modeling tool designed to help Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) anticipate and analyze the financial impacts of joining a Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) Accountable Care Organization (ACO).
Date: 2017
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Critical Access Hospital Financial Pro Forma
Financial modeling resource used to assist rural hospitals in projecting long-term finances under the Fee-For-Service (FFS)/cost-based reimbursement systems.
Date: 08/2015
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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COVID-19 County Workforce Deficit Estimator
Online tool showing county-level projected COVID-19 hospitalizations and intensive care unit (ICU) bed counts estimated to occur in the next 30 days, as well as estimated number of available critical care physicians in the county and the number available for each 12-hour shift. Intended to help state and federal planners ensure a sufficient heath workforce for COVID-19.
Additional links: Evidence Brief
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: Fitzhugh Mullan Institute for Health Workforce Equity
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