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Nutrition Environment Gaps and Distribution Challenges in Rural Food Pantries During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Mixed-Methods Study
Discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on food pantries in rural areas. Analyzes survey data from 19 food pantry representatives working in California's San Joaquin Valley between August 2020 and June 2021. Examines the consumer nutrition environment in rural food pantries utilizing the Nutrition Environment Food Pantry Assessment Tool (NEFPAT).
Author(s): Kimberly D. Sánchez, Karina Díaz Rios, Denise D. Payán
Citation: Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, 124(6), 713-724.E4
Date: 06/2024
Type: Document
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Cohort Profile: The Assessing Imperial Valley Respiratory Health and the Environment (AIRE) Study
Details a prospective cohort study focused on examining the respiratory health effects of childhood exposures to wind-blown particulate matter (PM) in a rural area of California. Utilizes 2017-2019 data to observe asthmatic symptoms and other health indicators across sociodemographic categories. Discusses the impact of PM on childhood health and the potential for geographic disparities.
Author(s): Shohreh F. Farzan, Elizabeth Kamai, Dayane Duenas Barahona, et al.
Citation: Paediatric and Perinatal Epidemiology, 38(4), 359-369
Date: 05/2024
Type: Document
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A New Philanthropic Approach to Supporting the Health and Capacity of Rural Communities
Discusses the Imperial Valley Wellness Foundation's efforts to support community development and health equity through its implementation of the Rural Development Hub (RDH) model. Discusses RDHs as facilitators of partnership, cooperation, and philanthropic investment in rural, underserved communities.
Author(s): Roque Barros, Karen Winston
Date: 05/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Grantmakers in Health
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Supporting Rural Education Gains Through Community Schools
Discusses how community schools are beneficial to rural areas and can provide healthcare access, meals, tutoring, career readiness opportunities, and more. Provides examples of the impact of community schools in rural California school districts, student achievement data, and additional resources about community schools.
Author(s): Anna Maier
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Learning Policy Institute
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El Dorado Community Health Centers: Addressing the Opioid Epidemic in Rural California through Community Partnerships
Case study describing how El Dorado Community Health Centers, a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) in California, works with a community coalition to address the opioid epidemic and implement a medication for opioid use disorder (MOUD) program. Covers the infrastructure of the MOUD program, staffing and services, financing, and more. Highlights challenges and successes, as well as recommendations for other health centers.
Author(s): Ashley Jasko, Meryl Schulman
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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Selected Rural Healthcare Facilities in California
Shows the state's Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and Rural Health Clinics (RHCs), as well as Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) sites and short term/PPS (Prospective Payment System) hospitals located in rural areas.
Date: 01/2024
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Feeding Burke County: A Behind the Scenes Look At Burke County School District's Non-Congregate Summer Food Service Program
Describes how the rural Burke County School District in California provided non-congregate meals across the county in the summer of 2023. Provides details on set-up, staffing, meal storage, meal delivery, planning, and more.
Date: 11/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: No Kid Hungry
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Engaging Students in Advancing Campus Tobacco-Free Policies: A Qualitative Study of California Community Colleges' Efforts
Examines student engagement with tobacco-free campus policies in California community colleges. Analyzes 33 semi-structured interviews from stakeholders across 12 community colleges with a focus on themes such as engaging students, ways students are involved in tobacco-free policies, and the benefits of student engagement, according to rural versus urban campus location.
Author(s): Setareh Harsamizadeh Tehrani, Sang Leng Trieu, Lien Dao, Carissa Samuel, Camillia K. Lui
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 20
Date: 11/2023
Type: Document
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FY 2023: HRSA's Rural Health Grants – California Fact Sheet
HRSA Federal Office of Rural Health Policy investments in California in Fiscal Year 2023. Lists grant and cooperative agreement recipients, award amounts, award recipient locations, and congressional district.
Date: 11/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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Telehealth and the Future of Health Care Access in California
Fact sheet offering an overview of telehealth use in California in 2022. Discusses patterns of use by insurance status, age, income, race and ethnicity, language, and geography including rurality.
Additional links: Infographic
Author(s): Sean Tan
Date: 10/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: UCLA Center for Health Policy Research
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Last Updated: 5/23/2024