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Washington's Behavioral Health Workforce: Barriers and Solutions - Phase I Report and Recommendations
Report details the barriers affecting the Washington State's behavioral health workforce and discusses potential policy solutions to address them. Includes recommendations based on current levels of workforce and access to care, as well as reciprocity agreements, among other barriers to address throughout the state.
Author(s): Julia G. O'Connor, Nova E. Gattman, Liz Coleman, et al.
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: UW Center for Health Workforce Studies, Washington State Workforce Training and Education Coordinating Board
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Medicaid: Efforts to Identify, Predict, or Manage High-Expenditure Beneficiaries
Describes strategies used in 7 states to manage beneficiaries' healthcare costs while ensuring quality care, and lists resources the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services provides to help states identify, predict, and manage high-expenditure beneficiaries. Discusses effects of social determinants of health and staff shortages in rural areas. Includes statistics for Medicaid expenditures among beneficiaries enrolled only in Medicaid, for fiscal years 2009-2011.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Case Study: Eastern Washington
Results of a field study focused on the Empire Health Foundation, a private, rural health funder with a service area of 7 counties, including 14 Native American tribes on 3 reservations. Part of the Rural Philanthropic Analysis series.
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Campbell University Office of Rural Philanthropic Analysis
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In Support of Family Caregivers: A Snapshot of Five States
Examines policies developed in Washington State, Minnesota, Hawaii, Tennessee, and Maine to support family caregivers, including those in rural areas. Features demographic characteristics of the states profiled, state expenditures by the Administration for Community Living in FY2016 on older adults and caregivers, and data on state Medicaid policies affecting these groups.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Jennifer Aufill, Julia Burgdorf, Jennifer Wolff
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Milbank Memorial Fund, The John A. Hartford Foundation
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2018 Annual Report - Washington Rural Health Collaborative
Includes 2018 strategic goals and accomplishments for the 15 member hospitals, and features statistics including number of emergency room visits, clinic visits, net patient services revenue, total patients served per day.
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
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Mujeres Fuertes y Corazones Saludables, a Culturally Tailored Physical Activity and Nutrition Program for Rural Latinas: Findings from a Pilot Study
Provides an overview of a pilot study of a culturally-tailored group-based nutrition education and physical activity program for rural Latinas in Washington state. Discusses the challenges of recruiting and retaining rural Latinas in a lifestyle program, including limited individual resources, changing contact information, and lack of trust.
Author(s): Rebecca A. Seguin, Cynthia K. Perry, Emma Solanki, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(4), 630
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
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Offering Palliative Care in Rural Communities
Video introducing palliative care and how it is provided in a rural community. Discusses challenges to providing high quality palliative care with rural areas and the healthcare setting that can offer palliative care.
Date: 02/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Washington State Office of Rural Health
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There's No Place Like Home: Rural Home Health and Hospice Care in Washington State, a Discussion of Challenges and Solutions
Provides an overview of home health and hospice services in rural Washington state. Identifies rural areas and offers information on aging rural populations within the state. Discusses challenges and potential solutions to meeting the needs of rural aging populations in Washington.
Author(s): Patricia Justis
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Washington State Office of Rural Health
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Identification of American Indians and Alaska Natives in Public Health Data Sets: A Comparison Using Linkage-corrected Washington State Death Certificates
Analyzes the effects of misclassifications and definitions used to describe American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/ANs) for estimates of all-cause and cause-specific mortality for AI/AN populations in Washington from 2015 to 2016.
Author(s): Sujata Joshi, Victoria Warren-Mears
Citation: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 25(suppl 5), S48-S53
Date: 2019
Type: Document
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Data, Capacity-Building, and Training Needs to Address Rural Health Inequities in the Northwest United States: A Qualitative Study
Describes the results of 28 interviews with rural local health department staff in Alaska, Idaho, Oregon, and Washington to examine their training needs and capacity to access and use data to better understand public health issues and allocate resources. Includes interview subjects' employment information and quotes highlighting the challenges to accessing or using data to monitor rural health issues.
Author(s): Betty Bekemeier, Seungeun Park, Uba Backonja, India Ornelas, Anne M. Turner
Citation: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, 26(8-9), 825-834
Date: 2019
Type: Document
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Last Updated: 6/11/2021