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Healthy Behaviors Claims-Based Outcomes Report #3 and Healthy Behaviors Modeling Report #2
Provides an overview of the Iowa Health and Wellness Plan (IHAWP), which expands coverage for low-income Iowans through two programs - the Marketplace Choice and the Wellness Plan - and the Healthy Behaviors Incentive program. Explores the relationship between the completion of health behaviors and healthcare utilization.
Author(s): Brad Wright, Elizabeth Momany, Natoshia M. Askelson, et al.
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Iowa Public Policy Center
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Rural Health Forum: A Summary Report to Promote Action
Summarizes topics discussed during the 2018 Rural Health Forum in Iowa, including definitions of rural and rural health, assets and attributes of rural communities, challenges and barriers, and recommendations to improve rural health in Iowa. Forum participants included 32 attendees, representing over 23 rural health stakeholder organizations. Features a map of Critical Access Hospitals, Rural Health Clinics, and Federally Qualified Health Centers in Iowa.
Author(s): Kady Reese, Megan Hartwig, Gloria Vermie
Date: 12/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Iowa Department of Public Health, Iowa Healthcare Collaborative
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Intraoperative Radiotherapy for Breast Cancer Treatment in a Rural Community
Examines the use of intraoperative radiotherapy (IORT), an alternative treatment option compared to whole-breast radiation therapy (WBRT), for patients receiving breast-conserving surgery at an academic institution in Iowa. Includes data on patients receiving IORT and WBRT by age, distance traveled to treatment facility, postoperative outcomes, and more.
Author(s): Allison W. Lorenzen, Boris Kiriazov, James P. De Andrade, et al.
Citation: Annals of Surgical Oncology, 25(10), 3004-3010
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
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The Workforce Trends of Physician Assistants in Iowa (1995-2015)
Examines the growth trends and attrition of the physician assistance (PA) workforce in Iowa with a focus on primary or specialty care practice settings, rural or urban locations, and Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs).
Author(s): Thomas S. Gruca, Gregory C. Nelson, Linda Thiesen, David P. Asprey, Sean G. Young
Citation: PLoS One, 13(10)
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
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Intergenerational Continuity in Adverse Childhood Experiences and Rural Community Environments
Reports on a study of two-parent families with children in rural Iowa to determine the effect of community environment on intergenerational continuity in adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Measures of community environment including socioeconomic status, social cohesion, perception of community services, and alcohol vendor density were correlated with ACEs to analyze their significance in helping families break the cycle and reduce or prevent childhood adversity.
Author(s): Thomas J. Schofield, M. Brent Donnellan, Melissa T. Merrick, et al.
Citation: American Journal of Public Health, 108(9), 1148–1152
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
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Active Ottumwa: Adapting Evidence-Based Recommendations to Promote Physical Activity in a Micropolitan New Destination Community
Reports on the development of an evidence-based community-wide intervention promoting physical activity in Ottumwa, Iowa, a micropolitan community of nearly 25,000 people. This program, Active Ottumwa, utilizes lay health advisors and incorporates behavioral and social intervention approaches to improve health. Evaluation procedures for this study include a community survey, longitudinal cohort assessment, observational data, interviews, and project records.
Author(s): Barbara Baquero, Christine M. Kava, Sato Ashida, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(5), 917
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
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A Task-Based Analysis of Black Carbon Exposure in Iowa Farmers During Harvest
Reports on a study that measures black carbon concentrations as an indicator for diesel exhaust exposure in farmers over a 20-day period during the harvest season in southeast Iowa. The intent of the study is to identify the frequency and levels of exposure to black carbon associated with diesel-related activities and determine if these levels are above concentrations found in urban environments.
Author(s): Emma M. Stapleton, Patrick T. O'Shaughnessy, Sarah J. Locke, et al.
Citation: Journal of Occupational and Environmental Hygiene, 15(4), 293–304
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
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State Innovation Model (SIM) Evaluation Report on Award Year 2 (AY2) Activities
Discusses the process and implementation activities of the State Innovation Model (SIM) grant program administered by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in the state of Iowa. SIM provides funding for states to develop innovative strategies to address healthcare reform by improving the patient healthcare experience, population health, and reducing healthcare costs. Describes interventions and actions from the SIM initiative, community characteristics, and settings impacted by the initiative.
Author(s): Suzanne Bentler, Tessa Heeren, Rochelle Schultz Spinarski, Elizabeth Momany, Peter Damiano
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Iowa Public Policy Center
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Filling the Gap: USDA, Utility Co-ops Working to Bring Badly Needed Dental Services to Rural Iowans
Features the Fulfilling Iowa's Need for Dentists (FIND) program funded by USDA Rural Development via pass-through loans to several telephone and electric cooperatives to provide dental care to Iowa's rural communities. Details the development of FIND and the ways in which it helps place dentists in underserved areas.
Author(s): Darin Leach
Citation: Rural Cooperatives, 85(1), 12-13, 43
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
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Affiliation Partners Sought to Prepare Small Hospital for Value-Based Care
Details how Grinnell Regional Medical Center (GRMC) in Grinnell, Iowa, followed a robust due diligence process to identify affiliation partners and prepare for participation in risk-based reimbursement models. GRMC is a 49-bed private, non-profit medical center that serves 6 rural counties in Iowa.
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Last Updated: 8/12/2022