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Rural Public Health Agencies – Resources

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

Reimagining and Reinvesting in Rural Hospital Markets
Examines the hospital infrastructure needed in rural areas and how rural hospitals can be financed. Discusses current issues related to rural hospital services and how public health policy and infrastructure can impact the health of rural citizens.
Author(s): Caitlin Carroll, Arrianna Planey, Katy B. Kozhimannil
Citation: Health Services Research
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
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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: 07/2022
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: Public Health Foundation
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A Playbook for New Rural Healthcare Partnership Models of Investment
Provides information for healthcare organizations looking to collaborate with local community and economic stakeholders to improve the health of their citizens. Includes case studies of multisector partnerships in rural areas that focus on upstream interventions, such as strengthening economic support, supporting local control, strengthening infrastructure to support healthcare access, and increasing resources.
Author(s): Ruth Thomas-Squance, Ashley Hernandez, Colleen Flynn, et al.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Build Healthy Places Network
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Public Health's Role in Telehealth
A podcast that discusses how telehealth became more accessible during COVID-19 and how this may impact public healthcare delivery long-term. Focuses on how the future of telehealth impacts under-resourced communities, including rural.
Date: 04/2022
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
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Rural Public Health: Improving the Health and Well-being of Rural Populations
Policy position paper focused on public health activities in rural areas and the rural public health infrastructure. Offers policy recommendations that could improve rural public health outcomes.
Author(s): Brady Beecham, Vicki Brooks, Alanti McGill
Date: 02/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Guidance on PFAS Exposure, Testing, and Clinical Follow-Up
Report examining the effects of perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which are common in well water in rural areas and have been linked to adverse health effects including cancer, thyroid dysfunction, changes in cholesterol, and reductions in birth weight. Recommends that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and public health departments support clinicians in communities where PFAS contamination has been identified, by creating educational materials on PFAS exposure, potential health effects, the limitations of testing, and the benefits and harms of testing.
Additional links: Read Online
Author(s): Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice
Date: 2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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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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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: 8/12/2022