Articles

A collection of articles that support feature stories in the Rural Monitor.

Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation: Taking a Leadership Role and Building Trust

Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation


Kim Barber Tieman, program director for health and human services for the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, shares how her foundation set up a COVID-19 grant capture team and funded grant writers to help organizations navigate and apply for federal funding opportunities. In addition, her foundation worked with organizations and funded three mobile COVID testing units to better reach communities of color.

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January 20, 2021

Con Alma Health Foundation: Health Equity and COVID Relief

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Dolores E. Roybal, executive director of Con Alma Health Foundation, discusses how her foundation partnered with other funders to provide almost $2 million in grants and created an advisory committee of immigrant-led, immigrant-serving organizations to address barriers limiting access to services.

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January 13, 2021

Nursing Preparedness: Words from Researchers and Rural Nurses

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Job preparedness is essential for quality caregiving, professional success, and satisfaction. Three rural registered nurses join a nursing doctoral candidate to share their stories about the path to their profession and their perspective on rural nursing preparedness.

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November 10, 2020

The Alcoholic Beverage: An Elixir, and Yet a Poison?

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In addition to information from federal agencies, a Missouri cardiologist reviews the science behind what often seems to be mixed messages concerning alcohol use and its impact on health and well-being

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August 26, 2020

Burnout: Measurement Tool(s), Cause(s) and Impact(s)

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Over 40% of today’s physicians are burned out. A closer look at research indicates that not only is this a system problem rather than an individual problem, but that burnout impacts a system’s revenue streams, healthcare quality, and patient safety and satisfaction. Experts suggest the problem may even be of more concern in rural areas.

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January 22, 2020

Understanding Rural Health Departments: Do They Have Unique Accreditation Needs?

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Governance, organizational size, and other factors may impact rural local health departments’ ability to take on voluntary accreditation. In addition to a brief review of these issues, accreditation officials, professional societies, and researchers share how they are working together to better understand these challenges in order to foster equity for all public health departments desiring accreditation.

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December 18, 2019

Taney County Health Department: Accreditation and Holding to a Higher Standard

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Sharing how national and state voluntary accreditation helps their department meet the public health needs of their county’s population — and its 8 million yearly visitors — Missouri’s Taney County Health Department director Leslie Marshall also provides tips and ideas for other rural health departments thinking about accreditation.

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December 18, 2019

Office-Based Spirometry: Key to Diagnosing Rural COPD Patients

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Chronic obstructive lung disease, or COPD, is a disease with a stronghold in rural America: almost double the prevalence and double the mortality rates compared to large urban areas. Though it is a condition with no cure, it’s a condition that has treatments — and hope — making proper diagnosis by spirometry imperative.

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November 20, 2019