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Substance Use Disorder Treatment Policy Recommendations for the State of Wisconsin Final Report - July 2018
Reports on a statewide assessment to inform the Wisconsin Governor's Task Force on Opioid Abuse regarding comprehensive, evidence-based, and sustainable treatment options for substance use disorder (SUD). Includes 18 policy recommendations. Identifies multiple barriers to accessing SUD treatment in rural and remote areas of Wisconsin.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pew Charitable Trusts
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Mapping Our Way to Success: Wisconsin’s Physician Workforce, 2018 Healthcare Workforce Report
Profiles physicians in Wisconsin and provides projections for the primary care physician workforce into the year 2035 by analyzing additional data, such as the supply of physicians from medical schools, Graduate Medical Education (GME) training, and recruitment. Discusses the expected physician workforce need in rural communities. Includes statistics on Wisconsin physicians by rural-urban community area (RUCA) categories and specialty and other county-level data. See WCMEW's 2016 report for information on new or expanded family medicine, psychiatry, and general surgery programs.
Additional links: Issue Brief
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Council on Medical Education and Workforce
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Rural Wisconsin Chronic Disease Toolkit 2018
Toolkit compiles rural best practices that have shown success for improving chronic disease outcomes and population health by providing resources to address communication, Body Mass Index (BMI), diabetes care, blood pressure control, and chronic disease management.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
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ThedaCare: Leveraging Community Paramedics To Bridge Persistent Gaps in Care
Describes ThedaCare, a 2016 participant in the Transforming Complex Care initiative from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Center for Health Care Strategies (CHCS), a community paramedic (CP) program that works to extend the reach of clinic serves to medically and socially complex patients in Northeastern Wisconsin. Discusses program goals, steps to establishing the CP program, and sustainability.
Author(s): Naomi Freundlich
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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Cross-Jurisdictional Sharing Implementation and Impact Measurement Program: Final Report
Describes effectiveness and efficiency of four projects in Michigan, Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin that had implemented a cross-jurisdictional sharing arrangement to deliver public health services. Project sites include some rural areas.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Sharing Public Health Services
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Wisconsin Health Professional Shortage Areas: Primary Health Care
Shows population-based and facility-based primary health care Federally Designated Health Professional Shortage Areas in Wisconsin.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
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Wisconsin Health Professional Shortage Areas: Mental Health Care
Shows population-based and facility-based mental health care Federally Designated Health Professional Shortage Areas in Wisconsin.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
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Wisconsin Health Professional Shortage Areas: Dental Health Care
Shows population-based and facility-based dental health care Federally Designated Health Professional Shortage Areas in Wisconsin.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
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Selected Rural Healthcare Facilities in Wisconsin
Shows the state’s Critical Access Hospitals and Rural Health Clinics, as well as Federally Qualified Health Centers located outside of urbanized areas.
Date: 04/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Wisconsin Number of Providers Needed: Dental Health Care
Shows the number of providers needed to remove the Dental Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) designation for each county in the state of Wisconsin.
Date: 02/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
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Wisconsin Number of Providers Needed: Primary Health Care
Shows the number of providers needed to remove the Primary Care Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) designation for each county in the state of Wisconsin.
Date: 02/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
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Wisconsin Number of Providers Needed: Mental Health Care
Shows the number of providers needed to remove the Mental Health Professional Shortage Area (HPSA) designation for each county in the state of Wisconsin.
Date: 02/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
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Wisconsin Health Care Workforce 2017 Report
Reports data, analysis, and recommendations on the current trends and future projections of the Wisconsin healthcare workforce. Discusses future models of care to address rural areas hit by workforce shortages, specifically a new rural residency program in obstetrics and gynecology to train and provide care to women in rural Wisconsin.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Hospital Association
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State of Care: Wisconsin's Home Care Landscape
Provides a snapshot of the home care landscape in Wisconsin. Includes information on the quality of care, workforce compensation, training, scope of practice, recruitment and retention, and unique challenges in rural areas. Includes statistics on home care workforce demographics in Wisconsin and at the national level, older adult population by county, and labor force participation and unemployment rates in Wisconsin by age, seduction, gender and family composition, and poverty.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Paraprofessional Healthcare Institute
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Live Healthy, Live Well, ‘Live Algoma’
Provides an overview of the residents in Algoma, Wisconsin coming together as a community to set goals and work together on health and wellness issues. Working together Algoma residents have created an alternative school, called Pathfinder, out of an old bank, built the Algoma Community Wellness Center, made connections between local industries and schools to create new learning opportunities for students, and more. Algoma is a recipient of the 2017 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s Culture of Health Prize.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Wisconsin EMS Agencies Interactive Map
Provides county-level data on EMS agencies in Wisconsin. Map is search able by level of rurality, service license level, service type, county, and region trauma regions.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Department of Health Services
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Regulating Network Adequacy for Rural Populations: Perspectives of Five States
Policy brief describing a study exploring how California, Kentucky, Montana, Texas, and Wisconsin define insurance network adequacy and how much consideration is given to rural issues in regulating their networks. Features statistics including these states' rural population, rural percent of total population, rural area in square miles, number of marketplace networks, and percent that are narrow networks.
Author(s): Michelle Casey, Carrie Henning-Smith, Jean Abraham, Ira Moscovice
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Wisconsin Drive Time to Emergency Care
Map of Wisconsin with drive times to Critical Access Hospitals, Non-Critical Access Hospitals, and Freestanding Emergency Rooms in 10, 20, and 30 minute increments.
Date: 07/2017
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
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Rural Wisconsin Health 2017
Report of Wisconsin rural health outcomes and factors, including health behaviors, clinical care, social and economic factors, and the built and physical environment. Rural, urban, and statewide data provided.
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
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Older Adult Social Participation and Its Relationship with Health: Rural-Urban Differences
Analyzes social participation among older adults and if the relationships between social participation and health differ between rural and urban settings in Wisconsin. Includes study population statistics on current and past self-report health status, marital status, employment, age, income, social participation, and rurality.
Author(s): Eric M. Vogelsang
Citation: Health & Place, 42, 111-119
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
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Network Spotlight: Safetyweb Network
Provides an overview of the Safetyweb Network through an interview with network director, Mike Rust. The Safetyweb Network is a Balsam Lake, Wisconsin based network that focuses primarily on providing health benefits counseling services to residents in Polk County, Wisconsin. Interview topics include network characteristics, lessons learned, accomplishments, and challenges.
Date: 09/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Population Health Strategies of Critical Access Hospitals
Provides examples of population health strategies developed by Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) from 8 different rural communities that have significantly contributed to the improvement of population health and the health of their community.
Author(s): John Gale, Andrew Coburn, Karen Pearson, Zachariah Croll, George Shaler
Date: 08/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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APNP Hospitalists: Sustainability of Rural Hospitals
Video of a meeting at Rusk County Memorial Hospital in Ladysmith, WI. The discussion focuses on how Advanced Practice Nurse Prescriber Hospitalists can help to sustain rural hospitals as a solution to workforce challenges. Hosted by Charisse Oland, CEO, Rusk County Memorial Hospital. Length: 3:41:21
Date: 07/2016
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
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Wisconsin Rural Health: Healthy Hospitals. Healthy Communities.
A video promoting the strengths and benefits of rural hospitals in the state, including interviews with hospital CEOs and managers. Originally presented at the Wisconsin Rural Health Conference.
Date: 07/2016
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Hospital Association
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State Variations in the Rural Obstetric Workforce
Illustrates the challenges affecting the obstetric workforce in Critical Access Hospitals and other rural hospitals having at least 10 births in 2010 using data derived from a telephone survey conducted in 9 states. Includes data for each state on hospital and provider characteristics and services provided for labor and delivery.
Author(s): Peiyin Hung, Katy B. Kozhimannil, Michelle M. Casey, Carrie Henning-Smith, Shailendra Prasad
Date: 05/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Wisconsin Divided Six Ways: A Review of Rural-Urban Classification Systems
A report looking at Wisconsin through the lens of maps, methodology descriptions, and demographic data to illustrate the differences in metropolitan, micropolitan, and rural classifications and how they affect policy and programming on a state level. Includes core, county-based, census tract, and ZIP code data and statistics.
Author(s): Penny Black
Date: 02/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
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Closing Gaps in Native American Health
Health issue brief describing health disparities between Wisconsin Native Americans and their white peers, with discussion of how new Medicaid policies could result in increased access to health services, improved care coordination for tribal health patients, and additional support for Indian Health Service providers. Features statistics including infant mortality rates, age-adjusted mortality rate, diabetes and cancer age-adjusted mortality rates, suicide rates, and average age of death.
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Council on Children and Families
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Travel Distance Study for Rural/Competitive Bid Area/Neither Rural nor CBA Census Tracts to Hospitals and Home Medical Equipment Suppliers: Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin
Measures rural populations' proximity to hospitals and home medical equipment (HME) suppliers in Montana, North Dakota, Oregon, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin in comparison with their urban counterparts.
Date: 12/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Northern Iowa Geoinformatics Training, Research, Education, and Extension (GeoTREE) Center
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College of Menominee Nation Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program - Overview and Preliminary Outcomes
Provides an overview of the College of Menominee Nation nursing career ladder program funded by a Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grant. Includes a brief description of the program and preliminary program results.
Date: 09/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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Affordable Care Act & Medicaid Reform in Wisconsin: Enrollment and Coverage Trends Chartpack
Overview of the impact of federal health reform and Medicaid reform on Wisconsin residents. Provides data on health insurance coverage and costs, including comparative information for rural, suburban, and urban areas. Also provides county-level data.
Date: 07/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
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Wisconsin Psychiatrists: Distribution, Demographics, Hours of Work, Projected Retirement
Provides data on the Wisconsin psychiatrist workforce. Includes information by rural/urban service area for all psychiatrists, child psychiatrists, population-to-provider ratios, and projected retirements.
Date: 06/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Area Health Education Center System
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Wisconsin Primary Care Physician Retirement
Provides data on Wisconsin's primary care physicians related to future retirement, including information on physicians by age. Offers retirement projections by rural and urban service area.
Date: 06/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Area Health Education Center System
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Wisconsin Primary Care Physicians: Distribution, Demographics, Hours of Work, Population to Provider Ratios
Provides detailed information on the Wisconsin primary care physician workforce. Includes information for urban and rural service areas. Provides details on hours worked in different settings, population to primary care physician ratios, and medical school attended.
Date: 06/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Area Health Education Center System
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Wisconsin Physicians: Distribution by Specialty, Demographics, Population to Provider Ratios, Retirement
Detailed data on Wisconsin's physicians by specialty for different health service areas and summarized by region and by urban/rural service area.
Date: 06/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Area Health Education Center System
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Rural Health in Wisconsin: Nimble & Evolving
Provides an overview of the state of rural health in Wisconsin, with information on healthcare quality, hospitals, graduate medical education (GME), and rural health as a source of jobs. Slides from a 2015 Wisconsin Rural Health Conference presentation.
Author(s): Tim Size
Date: 06/2015
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
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The Baraboo Story: Always Moving Forward in the Face of Chaos
An overview of the history of the Baraboo rural training track (RTT) family medicine residency program, provided by its program director for the period from 1996-2012. Includes a particular focus on the people involved and how they contributed to the success of this RTT program. Recording of a presentation at the RTT Collaborative annual meeting.
Author(s): James Damos
Date: 05/2015
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: RTT Collaborative
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Growing a Rural Workforce: Initiatives of the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
An overview of the Wisconsin rural physician workforce pipeline. Describes programs from elementary school through physician residency and on to physician recruitment and retention. Slides from a presentation at the RTT Collaborative annual meeting.
Author(s): Byron J. Crouse
Date: 05/2015
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: RTT Collaborative
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Urban-Rural and Regional Variability in the Prevalence of Food Insecurity: The Survey of the Health of Wisconsin
Highlights a study on regional variability of food insecurity in Wisconsin from 2008-2012. Analyzes data based on age, race, and gender, as well as compares rural and urban areas of the state.
Author(s): Natalie Guerrero, Matthew C. Walsh, Kristen C. Malecki, F. Javier Nieto
Citation: WMJ: Official Publication of the State Medical Society of Wisconsin, 113(4), 133–138
Date: 08/2014
Type: Document
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Rural Health and Critical Access Hospitals: Opportunities and Challenges
Highlights a presentation on rural healthcare and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) in Wisconsin. Discusses some of the healthcare challenges in rural Wisconsin and how rural hospitals are meeting those challenges.
Author(s): Tim Size
Date: 04/2014
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
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Number of Primary Care Physician FTEs Needed to Remove Shortages for the Resident Population
Provides a map of Wisconsin counties with the number of primary care physicians needed to reduce shortages. Presents data in a table format with shortage designation status for each county on pages 3-4.
Date: 02/2013
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Department of Health Services
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The Financial Effects of Wisconsin Critical Access Hospital Conversion
Analyzes the financial condition of Wisconsin Critical Access Hospitals. Includes maps showing location.
Author(s): Dale Guillickson, Richard Donkle
Date: 2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
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Wisconsin Primary Care HPSAs: Federally Designated Health Professional Shortage Areas
Shows Primary Care Federally Designated Health Professional Shortage Areas in Wisconsin.
Date: 2013
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
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Rural-Urban Differences in Dental Service Use among Children Enrolled in a Private Dental Insurance Plan in Wisconsin: Analysis of Administrative Data
Highlights the rural-urban differences in dental services utilization for children with private dental insurance in Wisconsin. Compares data from several versions of rural, urban, and suburban areas. Breaks down data by age group and type of procedures sought.
Author(s): Pradeep Bhagavatula, Qun Xiang, Aniko Szabo, et al.
Citation: BMC Oral Health, 12, 58
Date: 12/2012
Type: Document
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Marshfield Telehealth Program Reaches Rural Kidney Patients in Northern Wisconsin
Highlights a renal disease telehealth program in Wisconsin, which is serving low-income nursing home residents as well as patients who can travel to their local clinic for Telehealth services.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Citation: Rural Monitor, 2012(Winter)
Date: 02/2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Midwest Retention Toolkit
Provides tools to assist National Health Service Corps (NHSC) sites with the retention of healthcare providers. Includes worksheets, sample surveys, and model retention plans for use with all healthcare providers, although targeted for physicians.
Date: 2012
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Recruitment & Retention Network
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Connecting Rural Wisconsin: The Economic Necessity of Broadband
Discusses why broadband access is critical to the future development of rural counties. Benefits include improved access to health care, more higher education options, improved public safety, and a stronger infrastructure.
Date: 11/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Technology Council
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Strong Rural Communities Initiative (SRCI) Program: Challenges in Promoting Healthier Lifestyles
Discusses leadership assistance given to six rural communities in Wisconsin to develop and implement new, collaborative interventions that address the specific health needs of each community.
Author(s): Syed Ahmed, Tim Size, Byron Crouse, Leslie Patterson, et al.
Citation: WMJ, 110(3), 119-26
Date: 06/2011
Type: Document
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Wisconsin Rural Health Data CANVAS
Presents maps showing various rural health services throughout Wisconsin including certified rural health clinics, community health centers, critical access hospitals, emergency medical services, tribal health centers, and Wisconsin hospitals.
Date: 2011
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
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Supply and Demand for Dental Services: Wisconsin 2010-2020
Estimates the supply and demand for dental services in Wisconsin from 2010-2020. Discusses options for reducing access disparities. Indicates that rural counties are poorer, have a larger percentage of people who are Medicaid eligible, have a lower cost of living, and are in poor oral health relative to people in the larger counties.
Author(s): Tryfon Beazoglou, Howard Bailit, Veronica Myne, Kathy Roth
Date: 01/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Dental Association
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Cancer-Rates.info
Contains cancer incidence and mortality data for a number of states, with the option to view data by county, cancer type, gender, race and ethnicity, and in most cases, rural/urban geography.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: University of Kentucky
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Wisconsin Health Atlas: Obesity
Reports on obesity trends in Wisconsin from 2015 to 2016. Includes analysis by age and rurality, and zip code level data for adult and childhood obesity rates.
Additional links: Full Report
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
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Rural Wisconsin Today: The Status and Trends of Rural Wisconsin
A compilation of key indicators on the status and trends of rural Wisconsin. Includes definitions of rural, employment and income, education and schools, health care, housing, and data.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Rural Partners
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Wisconsin Rural Physicians Residency Assistance Program Updates and Newsletters
Newsletter of the Wisconsin Rural Physicians Residency Assistance Program (WRPRAP), which collaborates with rural health advocates, community clinicians, and residency educators throughout Wisconsin to develop educational experiences that foster understanding of, and interest in, rural medical practice among new physicians.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
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Healthy Wisconsin Leadership Institute
Works to build public and community health skills and leadership, and develop a sufficient workforce throughout Wisconsin. Includes resources for continuing education and training targeted towards healthcare practitioners and providers, healthcare systems, and public health agencies.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health
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Wisconsin Public Health Profiles
Concise health and demographic information for each county in Wisconsin, regions of the state, and the state as a whole.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Department of Health Services
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Wisconsin Health Centers: Data and Maps
Provides maps of Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) locations and communities experiencing shortages of primary care physicians. Also includes information on the populations served by health centers, services provided, staff, and patient visits.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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Rural Health Careers in Wisconsin
Provides information regarding career opportunities in rural Wisconsin hospitals, nursing homes, and clinics. Includes clinical and non-clinical positions for physical therapists, pharmacists, nurses, lab technicians, and radiology technicians.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
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Eye On Health Newsletter
Monthly newsletter of the Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
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ERS State Fact Sheet: Wisconsin
State-level data on population, poverty, food security, educational attainment, employment, and income. Includes data for rural areas, urban areas, and the state as a whole.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Wisconsin KIDS COUNT Data Center (KCDC)
Provides data on child well-being for the state. Covers demographics, economic well-being, education, family and community, health, and safety and risky behaviors. Some data available by county.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Annie E. Casey Foundation
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Wisconsin QuickFacts
State-level data on demographics, housing, income, and other social determinants of health, with the option to add data for counties and cities and towns with a population of 5,000 or more. Includes information from multiple U.S. Census Bureau censuses, surveys, and programs.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Wisconsin State Health Facts
State-level data on demographics, health status, healthcare costs and access, healthcare providers, and more.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Wisconsin - Rural Reporter
Publication of the Wisconsin Office of Rural Health. Provides daily updates on rural health funding, plus federal, state, local news, and events.
Type: Journal/Newsletter
Sponsoring organization: Wisconsin Office of Rural Health
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Last Updated: 10/9/2018