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Network Spotlight: Illinois Telehealth Network
Describes the characteristics, key learnings, and accomplishments of the Illinois Telehealth Network (ITN) through an interview with key ITN personnel. ITN is a 26-member consortium of rural health entities, including Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) and Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs), working to improve access to care in rural, underserved communities through the expanded application of telehealth and telemedicine solutions.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Selected Rural Healthcare Facilities in Illinois
Shows the state’s Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Health Clinics, as well as rural Federally Qualified Health Centers and Skilled Nursing Facilities.
Date: 12/2016
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Child Care Deserts
A report analyzing child care centers by zip code in eight states, with a specific focus on how limited or complete lack of access disproportionately affects rural areas. Includes a discussion of what constitutes a child care desert and what may prevent families from finding needed care, such as prohibitive cost based on income ratio.
Date: 10/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for American Progress
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Illinois Small and Rural Hospitals: Backbones of Their Communities
Provides an overview of small and rural hospitals in Illinois, including snapshot statistics, Medicare use, and outpatient care. Also discusses needs and strategies for improving and maintaining these facilities in the future.
Date: 06/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Illinois Health and Hospital Association
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Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN)
Brief video describing the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN) and the services it provides to meet the needs of rural hospitals across its state. Describes how ICAHN has helped 54 hospitals transition from competition to collaboration.
Date: 05/2016
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Illinois Network Puts Hospitals’ Needs First
Profile of the Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network (ICAHN). Highlights how ICAHN has used support from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy and Illinois Department of Public Health to help its member hospitals via a range of different services and programs.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Meeting the Needs of the Whole Child through CATCH
Highlights the implementation of the Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH) program, which supports healthy eating and physical activity, in rural Illinois elementary schools.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 04/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Racism's Toll: Report on Illinois Poverty
Provides county-level statistics and data for the state of Illinois regarding poverty levels. Includes county fact sheets, reports, videos, maps, and definitions related to poverty.
Author(s): Amy Terpstra, Amy Rynell
Date: 02/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Heartland Alliance
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Illinois Critical Access Hospital Hospitalist Study
Evaluates Illinois Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) who have hospitalist programs. Discusses advantages and challenges, and how these programs might impact rural communities who are trying to recruit and retain rural providers.
Author(s): Martin MacDowell, Katherine Johns, Dana Evans, Hana Hinkle
Date: 02/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Rural Health Professions
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Illinois Critical Access Hospital Program: Learning From the Past, Building the Future
Discusses how Critical Access Hospital (CAH) designation has benefited CAHs in Illinois. Evaluates the program's financial stability as well as how well the program provides healthcare services to those in rural communities.
Author(s): Melissa Henriksen, Norman Walzer, Andy Blanke
Date: 01/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network
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Food Allergy Emergency Preparedness in Illinois Schools: Rural Disparity in Guideline Implementation
Assesses current practices and preparedness of schools in Illinois to handle food allergy emergencies. Includes information on school preparedness plans, school nurse response, availability of epinephrine, and the impact of state legislation related to food allergy emergencies in schools by rural, suburban, and urban location.
Author(s): Christine Szychlinski, Katherine A. Schmeissing, Zeena Fuleihan, et al.
Location: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice, 3(5), 805-807
Date: 2015
Type: Document
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Illinois Hospital Association Rural Healthcare Transformation Pathways
A summary of the IHA Transforming Illinois Health Care Task Force work on identifying new rural healthcare delivery systems and how to support facilities when transitioning to those new models. Includes a list of recommendations focused on access, service delivery, workforce, serving the underserved, and healthcare governance and finance.
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Illinois Health and Hospital Association
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Medicaid Section 1115 Waivers: Pathways for Delivery Transformation; Spotlight on the States #7
Discusses what Illinois and New York are proposing and have executed to demonstrate waivers that will permit states to implement the ACA’s Medicaid expansion using private insurance. Illinois proposes to establish loan repayment assistance to providers and other healthcare workers who commit to serving Medicaid populations in rural or other underserved areas.
Author(s): DaShawn Groves
Date: 08/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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Illinois Health Care Workforce Report & Recommendations: Illinois Health Care Reform Implementation Council Workgroup on Workforce
Highlights the Illinois Workgroup on Health Care Workforce which assessed the state's health care workforce capacity and needs, necessary to achieve the goals of health care reform. The committee identified 23 health care workforce recommendations. Areas studied included physicians per population, Illinois HPSA areas, geographical barriers in rural health care delivery, difficulties in recruitment and retention, and the need for developing a Graduate Medical Education pilot program aimed at increasing the number of primary care providers in Illinois, including rural areas.
Author(s): LaMar Hasbrouck
Date: 01/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Illinois Department of Public Health
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Illinois Community Health Center Sites
Shows Community Health Centers throughout Illinois. Includes a listing of sites.
Date: 2014
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Illinois Primary Health Care Association
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Despite Challenges, Rural Housing Organizations Meet Big Needs in Small Towns
Provides an update on Kansas and Illinois housing organizations previously featured in the Rural Monitor. These programs address housing needs for special populations including the elderly.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Location: Rural Monitor, 2013(Winter)
Date: 02/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Illinois Critical Access Hospitals: Enhancing Quality of Care in Rural Illinois
Assesses the ability of Illinois’ Critical Access Hospitals to meet the quality of care standards that will be required by the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.
Author(s): Melissa Henriksen, Norman Walzer
Date: 04/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Illinois Critical Access Hospital Network
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Illinois Programs Offer Diabetic and Overweight Patients a Fresh Start
Highlights patients at Kirby Medical Group in Monticello, Illinois, who are losing weight and lowering their need for insulin.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Location: Rural Monitor, 2011(Summer)
Date: 08/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Shaping the Debate: Illinois Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services in Crisis
Discusses the state's deteriorating behavioral health system and the challenges hospitals face. Discusses the psychiatrist shortage in rural areas, problems rural hospitals are having, and the need to improve care in rural emergency departments.
Date: 05/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Illinois Health and Hospital Association
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Population Trends in Rural Downstate Illinois
Examines trends impacting the Illinois economy, including employment and economic activity in rural areas, wages and regulations, loss of manufacturing in rural communities, and losses in retail employment and construction.
Location: Rural Research Report, 22(4)
Date: 2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs
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IPHCA Health Source
Monthly publication of the Illinois Primary Health Care Association (IPHCA). Contains articles on health care issues including legislative and policy issues, clinician services, and other information of interest to the health care industry. Highlights the accomplishments of individual community health centers.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: Illinois Primary Health Care Association
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Illinois Health Centers Research & Data
Provides maps of FQHC locations and communities experiencing shortages of primary care physicians. Also includes information on the populations served by health centers, services provided, staff, patient visits, costs of care, and use of electronic health information.
Type: Website
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ERS State Fact Sheet: Illinois
Lists statistics on population, educational attainment, employment, income, farm characteristics, and farm financial indicators for the state.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Illinois QuickFacts
Basic demographic and economic statistics for the state, with links to county-level data.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Illinois KIDS COUNT Data Center (KCDC)
Provides data on child well-being for the state.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Annie E. Casey Foundation
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Illinois State Health Facts
Provides state-level data on demographics, health, and health policy, including health coverage, access, financing, and state legislation. Includes individual state profiles and 50-state comparisons.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Last Updated: 11/13/2017