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Atmore Community Hospital: Consistent Implementation Leads to Results
Describes the success of Atmore Community Hospital (ACH), located in Atmore, Alabama, after participating in the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) project. During the project, the 49-bed short-term acute care hospital focused on maximizing the influence from leadership rounds, increasing marketing to communicate accomplishments to the community, and tracking patient satisfactions scores to improve clinic operations.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Selected Rural Healthcare Facilities in Alabama
Shows the state’s Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Health Clinics, as well as Federally Qualified Health Centers located outside of urbanized areas.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2012-2016 American Community Survey
Provides state and county-level information on population, age, race and ethnicity, housing occupancy, education, labor force, employment, income, health insurance coverage, disability, and veteran status, for the 13 Appalachian states. Includes breakdowns by five levels of urban or rural county types.
Author(s): Kelvin Pollard, Linda A. Jacobsen
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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Alabama Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas
Map of Mental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in Alabama.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Alabama Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
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Alabama Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas
Map of Dental Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs) in Alabama.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Alabama Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
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Alabama Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Areas
Map of Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) Designations in Alabama.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Alabama Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
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Longitudinal Analysis of Nut-Inclusive Diets and Body Mass Index Among Overweight and Obese African American Women Living in Rural Alabama and Mississippi, 2011-2013
Results of a weight loss intervention among 383 overweight women in 8 rural counties, comparing intake of nuts and other obesity-related foods with body mass index (BMI), over a 24-month period. Features statistics including income, education, and rates of consumption of various foods.
Author(s): Samara R. Sterling, Brenda Bertrand, Suzanne Judd, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 14
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
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Medical Center Barbour Reduces Readmission Rates
Highlights the accomplishments of Medical Center Barbour (MCB), a prospective payment system (PPS) hospital located in Eufaula, Alabama, as it progressed through a Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) quality of care and transition of care project. MCB's top accomplishments include reducing readmissions, improving communication among staff and patients, and enhancing the discharge process.
Additional links: One-Page Summary
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Tuberculosis And Rural Health Care In America
Episode of WBUR's On Point radio program, featuring discussion of a tuberculosis outbreak in rural Perry county, Alabama. Describes attempts to screen and treat low-income patients, despite many residents' mistrust of the medical profession. Panelists include the author of a recent Harper's Magazine article about tuberculosis in the Black Belt, a Perry County doctor, a University of Alabama professor of rural medicine, and a healthcare reporter from the Los Angeles Times.
Date: 05/2017
Type: Audio
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Monroe County Hospital Achieving Outcomes
Examines the gains made by Monroe County Hospital (MCH), located in Monroeville, Alabama, as part of the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) project. During the project, the 35-bed prospective payment system (PPS) hospital focused on improving patient education and transitions of care, integrating pharmacists, implementing bedside reporting, and reducing readmission rates. The changes have resulted in improved community engagement and prepared MCH for value-based purchasing.
Additional links: One-Page Summary
Date: 04/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Alabama General Hospital Closures Since 1980
County-level map showing general hospitals that closed and were not replaced within two years.
Date: 03/2016
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Alabama Rural Health Association
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2015 State of Alabama Community Health Improvement Plan
Plan to inform, mobilize, and empower communities to improve access to care, encourage nutrition and physical activity, and address mental health and substance abuse, from 2015-2019. Includes suggestions for promoting pipeline programs and rural medical scholar programs, increasing use of telemedicine in rural and underserved areas, and reducing transportation barriers for rural, elderly, and poor Alabama citizens.
Date: 08/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alabama Department of Public Health
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Peer Coaches to Improve Diabetes Outcomes in Rural Alabama: A Cluster Randomized Trial
Discusses the results of a study comparing the effects of peer-coaching intervention that includes brief education versus brief education alone on diabetes patients living in under resourced settings of rural Alabama.
Author(s): Monika M. Safford, Susan Andreae, Andrea L. Cherrington, et al.
Citation: Annals of Family Medicine, 13(Suppl 1), S18–S26
Date: 08/2015
Type: Document
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Food for Every Child: The Need for Healthy Food Financing in Alabama
Outlines the extent and implications of food deserts within rural and urban Alabama and outlines a solution by financing the construction of grocery stores in underserved areas.
Author(s): Brian Lang, Julia Koprak, David Treering
Date: 02/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The Food Trust
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A Community-Based, Culturally Relevant Intervention to Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity among Middle-Aged African American Women in Rural Alabama: Findings from a Group Randomized Controlled Trial
Examines a community-based, culturally relevant intervention to promote healthy eating and physical activity among African American women between the ages of 45-65 living in rural Alabama. Includes study participant demographic data at the starting baseline and a 24 month follow up. Covers healthy lifestyle data at the starting baseline, 12 month, and 24 month follow up for dietary and physical activity measures.
Author(s): Isabel C. Scarinci, Artisha Moore, Theresa Wynn, et al.
Citation: Preventive Medicine, 69, 13-20
Date: 12/2014
Type: Document
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The Economic Impact of Rural Family Physicians Practicing Obstetrics
Reports on a study to identify the economic benefit of rural family physicians practicing obstetrics in rural, underserved Alabama.
Author(s): Daniel M. Avery Jr., Dwight E. Hopper, John T. McDonald Jr., et al.
Citation: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, 27(5), 602-610
Date: 09/2014
Type: Document
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Alabama Medically Underserved Areas/Populations (MUA/Ps)
Map identifying the Medically Underserved Areas (MUAs) and Medically Underserved Populations (MUPs) in Alabama.
Date: 2014
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Alabama Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
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Identifying Environmental Health Priorities in Underserved Populations: A Study of Rural Versus Urban Communities
Reports on a study using community engaged focus groups to compare environmental health concerns among minorities in rural and urban communities in Alabama.
Author(s): M.C. Bernhard, M.B. Evans, S.T. Kent, et al.
Citation: Public Health, 127(11), 994-1004
Date: 11/2013
Type: Document
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Care Management for Medicaid Enrollees Through Community Health Teams
Presents data from a 2011 to 2012 review of state Medicaid medical home programs in eight states. Identifies community health team programs, including Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), that provide an array of services, such as care coordination to self-management coaching. Includes information on small or rural practices.
Author(s): Mary Takach, Jason Buxbaum
Date: 05/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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Internet Connectivity Among Rural Alabama Veterans: Baseline Findings From the Alabama Veterans Rural Health Initiative Project
Examines rural veterans use of the internet to access Veterans Affairs (VA) programs by looking at those who had not accessed or never enrolled in services in rural Alabama. Specific focus given to disparities based on geographic, social/economic, and racial/ethnic factors.
Author(s): Rebecca Allen, Rosanna Guadagno, Patricia Parmelee, et al.
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 12, 2138
Date: 01/2013
Type: Document
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Collaborative Leadership: Partnerships Between Regional Development Organizations and Community Foundations
Explores the strategies and rewards behind eight partnerships between community foundations and rural development organizations in Alabama, Iowa, Minnesota, North Carolina, Virginia, Oregon, Pennsylvania, and Texas. The Alabama example includes a community health project.
Author(s): Parrish Bergquist, Kathy Nothstine, Anju Chopra
Date: 07/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Development Organizations
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Alabama Rural Health Plan
Examines health status indicators in rural Alabama. Includes the number of actively practicing primary care physicians in Alabama by age. Identifies the number of primary care physicians, dentists, and psychiatrists per 10,000 people for each county in Alabama.
Date: 2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alabama Office of Primary Care and Rural Health
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Alabama Veterans Rural Health Initiative: A Preliminary Evaluation of Unmet Health Care Needs
Reports on the Alabama Veterans Rural Health Initiative, which focuses on understanding barriers to care, health status, and health care needs of rural veterans.
Author(s): Lori L. Davis, Stefan G. Kertesz, Ann F. Mahaney-Price, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 26(3), 14-31
Date: 2011
Type: Document
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Alabama Health Disparities Status Report 2010
Relays data and information about economic, social, health, and lifestyle conditions that lead to health disparities within Alabama's minority populations. Addresses health care access issues in rural areas of the state.
Date: 2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alabama Department of Public Health
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Health Disparities in Appalachia
Presents an interactive report and map that detail various healthcare and social determinants of health indicators for counties within the rural Appalachian region.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: Appalachian Regional Commission, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Alabama: Perry County
Series of articles about various facets of life in Perry County, a rural community characterized both by extreme poverty and generations of strong families who have weathered adversity. Includes discussion of health disparities and the need for additional healthcare services and resources for people fleeing domestic violence. Part of the Resilient Rural America series.
Author(s): Blake Tommey
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Baptist News Global
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The Alabama Community Health Resource Guide
Provides guidance for grassroots organizations and health professionals to identify local and regional health status issues, integrate rural healthcare issues into economic development and community planning, assist communities with grant writing, and provide baseline health data for the evaluation of community programs.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Alabama Office of Primary Care and Rural Health, Alabama Rural Health Association, National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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Kid One: Transporting Children to Better Health
Delivers children and expectant mothers, with limited or no transportation access, to health care services throughout the state of Alabama.
Type: Website
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Alabama Health Centers: Data and Maps
Provides maps of Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) locations and communities experiencing shortages of primary care physicians. Also includes information on the populations served by health centers, services provided, staff, and patient visits.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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ERS State Fact Sheet: Alabama
State-level data on population, poverty, food security, educational attainment, employment, and income. Includes data for rural areas, urban areas, and the state as a whole.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Alabama QuickFacts
State-level data on demographics, housing, income, and other social determinants of health, with the option to add data for counties and cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more. Includes information from multiple U.S. Census Bureau censuses, surveys, and programs.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Alabama KIDS COUNT Data Center (KCDC)
Provides data on child well-being for the state. Covers demographics, economic well-being, education, family and community, health, and safety and risky behaviors. Some data available by county.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Annie E. Casey Foundation
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Alabama State Health Facts
State-level data on demographics, health status, healthcare costs and access, healthcare providers, and more.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Additional resources are available. See a full list of Alabama Resources.


Last Updated: 10/17/2018