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Rural Public Health Agencies – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Rural Public Health Agencies.

National Association of County and City Health Officials: Our Response Efforts Around COVID-19
Identifies resources and best practices for local health departments responding to COVID-19.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of County and City Health Officials
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Association of State and Territorial Health Officials: COVID-19
Public health resources and information addressing COVID-19 issues. Includes state and territorial COVID-19 websites, as well as information on vaccines, contact tracing, community mitigation, and more.
Date: 01/2022
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
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2021 National Preparedness Report
Summarizes progress made and challenges that remain in building and sustaining capabilities needed to prevent and recover from threats and incidents that pose the greatest risk to the nation. Uses events of 2020, including the COVID pandemic, to draw conclusions about national risk and capabilities and identifies management opportunities to build those capabilities and reduce risk. Includes a section on inequities affecting rural residents, including longer response times for emergency medical services and healthcare facility closures.
Date: 12/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Emergency Management Agency
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Partnerships Key to COVID-19 Vaccinations in Rural and Frontier Central Idaho
Describes how a public health district in rural Idaho worked with trusted community organizations to encourage acceptance of COVID-19 vaccination and improve access.
Date: 12/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Ways Health Departments Can Help Increase COVID-19 Vaccinations
Tips for generating demand for the COVID-19 vaccine in different community settings and online. Includes information on how to increase trust in the health department.
Date: 11/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Public Health Foundation: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Training
A list of COVID-19 training opportunities available through the TRAIN Learning Network. Includes training options for public health, healthcare, and emergency preparedness professionals addressing COVID-19, vaccination, contact tracing, crisis and emergency risk communication, infection control, and personal protective equipment (PPE).
Date: 11/2021
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: Public Health Foundation
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Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19): Health Departments
Offers guidelines, tools, and resources to help state, local, and tribal health departments respond to COVID-19. Provides information on the development of a community vaccination program. Covers topics on surveillance, contact tracing, infection prevention, community mitigation, and public health workforce. Includes a searchable collection of resources created by health departments.
Date: 10/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Rural Public Health and Health Care: A Scan of Field Practice and Trends
Offers a historical overview of rural healthcare and rural public health theories and practice methods and describes newer theories, such as value-based care, personalized medicine, social determinants of health, and health in all policies. Outlines trends in public health and healthcare, including community engagement, evidence-based decision making, and delivery integration, discussing rural implications of these trends.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Aspen Institute
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Medicaid and Housing Partnerships: A Resource for Local Health Departments
Explores how local health departments (LHDs) in rural areas can utilize Medicaid managed care levers to address homelessness and housing security issues. Summarizes results from a gap analysis and readiness assessment which identified key opportunities to help prepare three LHDs in rural North Carolina counties for the transition to Medicaid managed care. Identifies action steps for these counties to strengthen housing supports that can also inform similar initiatives in other states.
Author(s): Matthew Ralls, Kathy Moses, Rob Houston
Date: 07/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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Contact Tracing and the Challenges of Health Equity in Vulnerable Latino and Native American Communities: Proceedings of a Workshop - In Brief
Presents the proceedings of a July 30, 2020 webinar discussing the role of contact tracing in remedying health disparities around COVID-19 in American Indian (AI) and Latino communities. Highlights challenges involved in conducting contact tracing and offers suggestions to improve public health equity.
Additional links: Read Online
Author(s): Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice
Date: 07/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Last Updated: 12/22/2021