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Research Findings Brief: An Assessment of the Community Health Needs Assessments and Implementation Plans for Nonprofit Small Rural Hospitals in Nebraska
Analyzes the quality and completeness of the Community Health Needs Assessments (CHNA) and Implementation Plans (IP) of small nonprofit rural hospitals in Nebraska. Ranks the highest priorities from the CHNAs for rural hospitals across the state.
Author(s): David Palm, Li‐Wu Chen, Jamie Larson
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Office of Rural Health
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Nebraska State-Designated Shortage Area: General Dentistry
Shows dentistry shortage areas in Nebraska.
Date: 07/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Office of Rural Health
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Nebraska State-Designated Shortage Area: Family Practice
Shows family practice shortage areas in Nebraska.
Date: 07/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Office of Rural Health
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Nebraska J1 Visa Waiver Program 2001 - 2016
Presents a report on the J1 Visa Waiver Program in Nebraska. Includes data from 2001-2016 regarding provider service obligation fulfillment and retention. Gives a breakdown of J1 Visa providers by county, specialty, and metro versus nonmetro location.
Author(s): Thomas Rauner, Andy Pedley
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services: Division of Public Health
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Nebraska Medicare Certified Rural Health Clinics
Map showing the Medicare Certified Rural Health Clinics in the state of Nebraska.
Date: 05/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
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Nebraska State-Designated Shortage Area: Psychiatry & Mental Health
Shows psychiatry and mental health shortage areas in Nebraska.
Date: 03/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Office of Rural Health
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Nebraska State-Designated Shortage Area: Physical Therapy
Shows physical therapy shortage areas Nebraska.
Date: 01/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Office of Rural Health
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Nebraska State-Designated Shortage Area: Occupational Therapy
Shows occupational therapy shortage areas in Nebraska.
Date: 01/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Office of Rural Health
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Nebraska Community Health Centers and Indian Health Services Facilities
Map of community health centers and Indian Health Services facilities in the state of Nebraska.
Date: 01/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
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Nebraska Critical Access Hospitals
Map of Critical Access Hospitals in the state of Nebraska as of January 2017.
Date: 01/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
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Selected Rural Healthcare Facilities in Nebraska
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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Nebraska State-Designated Shortage Area: Pharmacist
Shows pharmacist shortage areas in Nebraska.
Date: 11/2016
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Office of Rural Health
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Nebraska State-Designated Shortage Area: Pediatric Dentistry & Oral Surgery
Shows pediatric dentistry and oral surgery shortage areas in Nebraska.
Date: 11/2016
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Office of Rural Health
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Nebraska State-Designated Shortage Area: General Surgery
Shows surgical shortage areas in Nebraska.
Date: 11/2016
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Office of Rural Health
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Nebraska State-Designated Shortage Area: OB/GYN
Shows obstetrics and gynecology shortage areas throughout Nebraska.
Date: 11/2016
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Office of Rural Health
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Nebraska State-Designated Shortage Area: General Pediatrics
Shows pediatrics shortage areas in Nebraska.
Date: 11/2016
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Office of Rural Health
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Nebraska State-Designated Shortage Area: General Internal Medicine
Shows internal medicine shortage areas in Nebraska.
Date: 11/2016
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Office of Rural Health
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Nebraska 2016 State Designated Shortage Areas: Oral & Allied Health
Shows county-level shortage areas throughout Nebraska for general dentistry, pediatric dentistry & oral surgery, pharmacist, occupational therapy, and physical therapy.
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Rural Health Advisory Commission
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Nebraska Behavioral Health Needs Assessment
A summary of results and suggested priorities from the Nebraska Behavior Health Needs Assessment. Includes data and statistics divided by metropolitan, rural, and remote areas in Nebraska. Overarching discussion surrounding rural areas centers on the need for greater workforce and integrated care, including the use of telehealth.
Author(s): Shelby M. Braun, Marlene Deras, Kelly C. Erickson, et al.
Date: 09/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Nebraska Medical Center
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Pender Community Hospital Surpassing Project Goals
Explains how Pender Community Hospital (PCH), a 21 bed Critical Access Hospital located in Pender, Nebraska, improved its financial and operational performance through the Small Rural Hospital Transition (SRHT) Project. Areas of focus include relocating the clinic, enhancing retail pharmacy and swing bed services, increasing marketing efforts, and restructuring therapy programs.
Date: 05/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Nebraska's Rural Behavioral Healthcare Workforce Distribution and Relationship Between Supply and County Characteristics
Investigates the geographic distribution of behavioral health professionals and the relationship between county-level provider-to-population ratios and county characteristics. Results may have implications for identifying the need and demand for behavioral healthcare professionals in workforce planning and policy analysis.
Author(s): A.T. Nguyen, K.E. Trout, L-W Chen, L. Madison, et al.
Location: Rural and Remote Health16(2), 3645
Date: 04/2016
Type: Document
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Nebraska’s Rural Behavioral Healthcare Workforce Distribution and Relationship Between Supply and County Characteristics
Analyzes the rural-urban geographical distribution of behavioral healthcare professionals in all 93 counties of Nebraska, and discusses the association between county characteristics and supply of behavioral health professionals.
Author(s): Anh Nguyen, Kate Trout, Li-Wu Chen, et al.
Location: Rural and Remote Health, 16, 3645
Date: 04/2016
Type: Document
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2016 Nebraska Workforce Report
Report comparing healthcare workforce levels in all hospitals in the state versus Critical Access Hospitals only. Includes vacancy and turnover rates broken down by 5 districts across Nebraska, with particular focus on those healthcare professions with high rates of both.
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Hospital Association
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ENHANCE Health Network
Describes the ENHANCE Health Network based in Lincoln, Nebraska that has grown to include 66 healthcare systems and hospitals to improve the health of communities they serve through care integration and coordination.
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association Section for Small or Rural Hospitals
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Recruitment and Retention of Mental Health Care Providers in Rural Nebraska: Perceptions of Providers and Administrators
Results from focus groups held in 4 rural mental health regions of Nebraska during 2012 and 2013 to identify possible solutions to the mental health provider shortage in rural and frontier areas.
Author(s): Shinobu Watanabe-Galloway, Lynda Madison, Katherine Watkins, Anh Nguyen, Li-Wu Chen
Location: Rural and Remote Health, 15, 3392
Date: 11/2015
Type: Document
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Nebraska Network Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals
Presents a listing of Critical Access Hospitals and Network Hospitals throughout Nebraska.
Date: 01/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Hospital Association
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Nebraska's Regional Provider Network
Provides a case study on Nebraska's Regional Provider Network, which is made up of 3 metro and 6 rural hospitals collaborating to improve the quality of care provided in Nebraska. Describes the composition and activities of the network.
Additional links: Network Overview Poster
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association Section for Small or Rural Hospitals
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Rural Patient Centered Medical Homes Achieve New Standards
Crete Area Medical Center Physicians’ Clinic and Ammonoosuc Community Health Services are among the very few rural safety net providers that have achieved Level 3 PCMH recognition.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Location: Rural Monitor, 2014(Summer)
Date: 08/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Affordable Care Act Plans and Premiums in Rural America
Discusses insurance premium pricing for rural populations following the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. Offers recommendations to maximize the number of rural Americans who receive accessible, affordable health insurance.
Date: 04/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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Nebraska State-Designated Shortage Areas: Physical Therapy
Shows physical therapy shortage areas throughout Nebraska.
Date: 2014
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Office of Rural Health
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Nebraska Critical Access Hospital Networks 2014
Shows a map of Nebraska Critical Access Hospital Network Affiliations.
Date: 2014
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services
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Primary Care Physician Assistants in Nebraska
Reports on the primary care physician assistant workforce in Nebraska. Includes data on supply, specialty, employment setting, gender, age and rural/urban distribution. Discusses policy recommendations for increasing supply.
Author(s): Soumitra S. Bhuyan, Marlene Deras, Tamara S. Ritsema, Michael J. Huckabee, Jim P. Stimpson
Date: 01/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Nebraska Medical Center: Center for Health Policy
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Primary Care Nurse Practitioners in Nebraska
Reports on the primary care nurse practitioner workforce in Nebraska. Includes data on supply, specialty, employment setting, gender, age and rural/urban distribution. Discusses policy recommendations for increasing supply.
Author(s): Soumitra S. Bhuyan, Marlene Deras, Mary E. Cramer, Janet E. Cuddigan, Jim P. Stimpson
Date: 01/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Nebraska Medical Center: Center for Health Policy
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New Medicaid Initiative in Nebraska: The Rural Implications
Describes implications of the Affordable Care Act's provision for Medicaid expansion on Nebraska's rural economy.
Author(s): Jon Bailey
Date: 09/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Affairs
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Case Study: Health Coaches Partner with Community Members to Achieve Health and Wellness Goals
Details key steps and lessons learned to implementing a Health Coach program at Saunders Medical Center in Wahoo, Nebraska. The program is a free service available to every resident in Wahoo and its surrounding communities that educates and advocates for patients' overall health that produced positive results in four areas: mental health, breast health, diabetes, and obesity.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Nebraska Health Professional Shortage Areas: Mental Health 2017
Shows mental health professional shortage areas throughout Nebraska.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Office of Rural Health
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Nebraska Health Professional Shortage Area: Dental 2017
Shows dental health health professional shortage areas throughout Nebraska.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Office of Rural Health
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Nebraska Health Professional Shortage Areas: Primary Care 2017
Shows primary care health professional shortage areas throughout Nebraska.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Office of Rural Health
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Nebraska Rural Health Association Blog
News blog of the Nebraska Rural Health Association. Presents information on rural health, with updates on government affairs as well as funding and educational opportunities.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Nebraska Rural Health Association
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Case Study: Rural Health System Partners with Local Fitness Centers and Small Businesses to Improve Workplace Wellness
Outlines Henderson Health Care Services' reaction to a 2015 community health needs assessment (CHNA) that identified fitness and nutrition as community concerns. Composed of a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) and several specialty and primary care clinics, the Henderson, Nebraska-based rural health system launched a workplace wellness program called Body @ Work. The program offers area employees reduced membership rates at participating fitness centers, wellness education, and other preventive care opportunities such as blood pressure checks at the workplace.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Case Study: Partnership Enables Hospital to Provide Local Access to 24-Hour Health Care Through Telemedicine
Shares the approach of Seward, Nebraska-based Memorial Health Care Systems' "convenience campaign," which focuses on using technology to meet the needs of a younger-than-average patient base. By partnering with Bryan Telemedicine and utilizing new technologies, Memorial Health Care Systems was able to improve healthcare accessibility through same-day clinics, online communications, and 24/7 virtual care.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Case Study: Hospital Partners with Technology Provider to Engage and Connect with Community for Better Health
Shares details of a new health and life services model being implemented by Fairbury, Nebraska-based Jefferson Community Health & Life. The new model uses online tools to integrate health and life services with the goal of inspiring people to make healthier lifestyle choices. Includes information about the model's approach, key steps, results, and lessons learned.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Case Study: Hospital Partners with Local High Schools to Prepare Students for Health Care Professions
Discusses the structure and organization of Box Butte General Hospital's (BBGH) Health Professions Club, which engages local high school students in healthcare career preparation activities. Located in Alliance, Nebraska, BBGH uses the program to educate area students about healthcare careers, while simultaneously creating and recruiting a well-prepared rural healthcare workforce.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryant Health
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Case Study: Community Fitness Initiative Helps Lower Childhood Obesity Rates
Details key steps and lessons learned as community stakeholders in Lexington, Nebraska organized an initiative aimed at reducing local childhood obesity rates. Using a partnership approach, leaders at Lexington Regional Health Center were able to successfully implement a community-wide program, the Community Fitness Initiative (CFI), and significantly reduce obesity rates in area schools.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Case Study: Hospital and School District Partner for Emotional Health
Details an initiative started by leaders at Fillmore County Hospital and Fillmore Central Public Schools, located in Fillmore, Nebraska, to address behavioral health issues among the student population. Started in 2015, the comprehensive program seeks to connect high risk students with specialized help and promote ongoing mental health wellness through educator, parent, and student training.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Case Study: Pharmacy Provides Critical Link in Rural Care Continuum
Follows the transition of pharmacy services in Pender, Nebraska to highlight the importance of pharmacy services in rural communities. Focuses on how Pender Community Hospital District Inc. partnered with Pender Care Centre District Inc. to purchase a local retail pharmacy, expand pharmacy access, increase revenue, and qualify for the 340B Program.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Case Study: Paramedicine Program Strengthens Rural Health Care System
Shares how leaders of Community Hospital in McCook, Nebraska reached their goal of reducing ambulance transports, emergency room visits, and hospital readmissions by partnering with community organizations to create the McCook Community Paramedicine program. Focuses on program approach, key steps, lessons learned, and results.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Case Study: Community Partnerships Engage Residents in Healthy Living
Explains how Merrick Medical Center in Central City, Nebraska, partnered with other community organizations to help residents improve overall health by focusing on fitness and wellness activities. Shares the approach, results, lessons learned, and more from Merrick Medical Center's campaign to reinvent preventive care in the community.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Case Study: Hospital's School-to-Work Program Aids Young Adults with Disabilities
Presents results from a Project SEARCH program, carried out by York General Health Care Services (York General), located in York, Nebraska, and several other local partners. Shares the approach, key steps, and lessons learned from York General's work with community stakeholders to prepare and transition young adults with disabilities into the healthcare workforce.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Case Study: Hospital and Fitness Center Join Forces for a Healthy Community
Highlights a partnership between Columbus Community Hospital, located in Columbus, Nebraska, and the YMCA that resulted in a number of additional or improved health and wellness services in the community, including a new fitness center. Case study shares the key steps, project successes, lessons learned, and more.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Compendium of Hospital & Community Partnerships
Outlines a number of innovative partnerships between rural hospitals and community organizations that work to expand local services, improve care quality, and reduce the cost of care in rural communities. Presents partnerships in case study format, sharing key steps, lessons learned, and project results.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Community Paramedic
Provides an overview of the Community Paramedic Program, a standard curriculum that universities and colleges can adapt for use in community paramedicine certification programs.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: North Central EMS Institute
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Nebraska 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
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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ERS State Fact Sheet: Nebraska
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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Nebraska 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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Nebraska 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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Nebraska State Health Facts
The latest state-level data on demographics, health, and health policy, including health coverage, access, financing, and state legislation. Individual state profiles and 50-state comparisons.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Last Updated: 12/11/2017