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Rural Schools and Health – Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Rural Schools and Health.

NIEA Advocacy to Address COVID-19
Provides legislative updates and resources supporting tribes, tribal schools and communities, and states to ensure they have the means to address COVID-19.
Date: 03/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Indian Education Association
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COVID-19 Cases and Transmission in 17 K–12 Schools — Wood County, Wisconsin, August 31–November 29, 2020
Examines COVID-19 cases, spread, and compliance with mask use among students and staff participating in in-person learning in 17 rural Wisconsin K–12 schools. Discusses school infection mitigation measures. Reports on community and school-associated COVID-19 cases and in-school transmission.
Author(s): Amy Falk, Alison Benda, Peter Falk, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 70(4), 136-140
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Survey of Teen Noise Exposure and Efforts to Protect Hearing at School — United States, 2020
Examines noise exposure among youth 12-17 years of age in a school setting. Reports on frequency of exposure, provision of hearing protection devices, and whether prevention techniques were part of the curriculum. Includes data for metropolitan and nonmetro areas.
Author(s): John Eichwald, Franco Scinicariello
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(48), 1822-1826
Date: 12/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Developing a Science Outreach Program and Promoting "PhUn" All Year with Rural K-12 Students
Discusses a university-led health science outreach effort in rural northern Michigan that implemented national physiology and biomechanics educational programming in K-12 schools. Addresses the importance of science and health science programming in rural areas due to limited exposure to career options and the need for rural students to consider health careers to offset healthcare shortages. Provides an overview of the outreach program with lessons learned.
Author(s): Jana L. Hendrickson, Thomas K. Bye, Benjamin A. Cockfield, Kathryn R. Carter, Steven J. Elmer
Citation: Advances in Physiology Education, 44(2), 212-216
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
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Drug Education and Cessation Programs Help Teens Avoid or Quit Vaping
Highlights vaping education programs reaching rural schools in California and Tennessee, as well as a multi-state program helping teens in 18 states quit vaping.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Finding Innovation and Resilience During the COVID-19 Pandemic: How Rural Health Organizations Are Adapting Their Program Strategies
Summarizes a series of virtual peer learning sessions in response to COVID-19 for current Rural Health Care Services Outreach Program, Rural Health Network Development, Small Healthcare Provider Quality Improvement, and Delta States Rural Development Network program grantees. Provides an overview of common themes that emerged from the sessions. Discusses the challenges and innovations made to implement rural health and public programs across six areas: community health workers, data collection and evaluation, virtual trainings, peer support services and recovery supports, telehealth utilization, and schools.
Additional links: Adaptive Strategies for Rural Grantees Amid COVID-19: Adjusting Approaches to Data Collection and Utilization, Adaptive Strategies for Rural Grantees Amid COVID-19: Peer Support and Recovery Services in a Virtual Environment, Adaptive Strategies for Rural Grantees Amid COVID-19: Strategies for Supporting Community by Maintaining Work With Schools, Adaptive Strategies for Rural Grantees Amid COVID-19: Taking Community Health Worker Practice Virtual, Adaptive Strategies for Rural Grantees Amid COVID-19: Using Telehealth in New and Improved Ways to Meet Emerging Needs, Guide for Planning and Hosting an Effective Virtual Meeting/Training Event
Author(s): Tanisa Adimu, John Butts, Coleman Tanner, et al.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Georgia Health Policy Center
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Impact of COVID-19 on School Nutrition Programs: Part 2
Uses survey responses to discuss impacts of COVID-19 closures on school nutrition programs and identify current methods used to provide students with food while social distancing. Provides data breakdowns on the provision of emergency meal assistance, financial impacts, and other related information by geographic location, including large cities, suburbs near large cities, small cities or towns, and rural areas. Includes a ranked list of concerns, comparing responses from March 2020 and May 2020.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: School Nutrition Association
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Improving the Care of Students with Diabetes in Rural Schools Utilizing an Online Diabetes Education Program for School Personnel
Analyzes the impact of Diabetes Care at School: Bridging the Gap, an online diabetes education program, to determine the knowledge and confidence of school personnel who provide care to students with diabetes in rural areas.
Author(s): Cassity Gutierrez
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 20(1), 5596
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
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Making a Difference for Generations to Come: School-Based Oral Healthcare in Louisiana
Features a Louisiana Federally Qualified Health Center that offers primary care oral health assessment and fluoride varnishes in school-based health centers. Discusses the impact that access to childhood oral health services may have into adulthood.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Addressing Obesity in Nebraska's Youth: Water Consumption in Schools
Report details an effort to promote water consumption as a replacement for sugary beverages in order to combat obesity in Nebraska schools. Highlights ways the state has increased access to water fountains and water bottle filling stations. Compares rates of obesity to other states for children and adults.
Author(s): Jon Bailey
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Affairs
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Last Updated: 4/12/2021