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Rural Wellness and Prevention Resources

Selected recent or important resources focusing on Rural Wellness and Prevention.

Injury Prevention and Control in Rural America - Insights from the CDC MMWR Rural Health Series
Webinar recording discusses the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Rural Health Series on injury prevention in rural America. Details some of the most common injury-related causes of death in rural areas, such as motor vehicle deaths, suicide, and drug overdose, as well as the evidence-based public health strategies for countering these trends.
Additional links: Audio Recording, PowerPoint Handout, Webinar Transcript
Date: 11/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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The HPV Vaccine: Access and Use in the U.S.
Fact sheet discussing HPV and related cancers, HPV vaccines, insurance coverage, and access. Includes statistics showing racial and ethnic disparities in cervical cancer incidence and mortality rates, and vaccination coverage among female adolescents with breakdowns by urban or rural status and by state.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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BRCA Genetic Testing and Receipt of Preventive Interventions Among Women Aged 18-64 Years with Employer-Sponsored Health Insurance in Nonmetropolitan and Metropolitan Areas — United States, 2009–2014
Reports on rural and urban rates of genetic testing to identify women at increased risk for breast and ovarian cancer, with data by age group and region. Also examines rural and urban post-test preventive interventions, including mastectomy, MRI, mammography, and genetic counseling.
Author(s): Katherine Kolor, Zhuo Chen, Scott D. Grosse, et al.
Location: MMWR Surveillance Summaries, 66(15), 1-11
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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“Doing Something Exceptional”: Rural Communities and Colorectal Cancer Screening
Discusses the importance of colorectal cancer screening and the challenges of providing this service in rural communities. Highlights colorectal cancer screening programs in rural Kentucky and Idaho.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Coast to Cascade Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) Program
Video featuring the Coast to Cascade Coordinated Approach to Child Health (CATCH) program, which uses the national CATCH curriculum to promote nutrition and fitness for kids in Oregon’s East Linn and Lincoln counties.
Date: 06/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Walked ≥10 Minutes as a Method of Transportation, by Location of Residence — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2005, 2010, and 2015
Bar chart comparing walking for transportation for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan residents.
Location: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 66(20), 547
Date: 05/2017
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Healthy Early Learning Project (HELP)
Video featuring the Healthy Early Learning Project (HELP), a physical activity and nutrition program offered at nine preschool sites in two rural Kansas counties.
Date: 05/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Feasting on Rural America: The Spread of Tick-Borne Diseases
Discusses the impact of Lyme and other tick-borne illnesses in rural areas. Features a Lyme disease patient, a scientist, psychiatrist, nonprofit leader, and a medical doctor describing the spread of these diseases and what’s being done about it. Includes information on tick identification and tick-borne illness prevention.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Diabetes Self-Management Education Programs in Nonmetropolitan Counties — United States, 2016
Examines the availability of diabetes self-management education (DSME) programs in nonmetropolitan counties. Includes data on related characteristics for nonmetro counties with and without DSME programs, including diabetes incidence and prevalence, race/ethnicity, income, educational attainment, and other demographic information.
Author(s): Stephanie A. Rutledge, Svetlana Masalovich, Rachel J. Blacher, Magon M. Saunders
Location: MMWR Surveillance Summaries, 66(10), 1-6
Date: 04/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Health-Related Behaviors by Urban-Rural County Classification — United States, 2013
Provides data on five self-reported health-related behaviors for residents of rural and urban areas. Behaviors include sufficient sleep, current nonsmoking, nondrinking or moderate drinking, maintaining normal body weight, and meeting aerobic leisure time physical activity recommendations. Includes data for each behavior for metropolitan, micropolitan, and noncore (rural) areas, as well as prevalence of 4-5 health behaviors by sex, age, race/ethnicity, and education level. Based on 2013 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data.
Author(s): Kevin A. Matthews, Janet B. Croft, Yong Liu, et al.
Location: MMWR Surveillance Summaries, 66(5), 1-8
Date: 02/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Selecting, Adapting, and Implementing Evidence-based Interventions in Rural Settings: An Analysis of 70 Community Examples
Summarizes the work of 70 Federal Office of Rural Health Policy grantees who implemented evidence-based health interventions in rural settings. Identifies themes in grantees' experiences and discusses program adaptations for rural and frontier settings.
Author(s): Tina Anderson Smith, Tanisa Adimu, Amanda Phillips Martinez, Karen Minyard
Location: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 27(4 Suppl.), 181-193
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
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Trinity Hospital Twin City's Fit for Life
Video featuring the Trinity Hospital Twin City’s Fit for Life wellness program in rural Ohio. Highlights Dr. Timothy McKnight’s unique curriculum which teaches participants that a change in mindset is the key to long-term physical health.
Date: 08/2016
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Change from the Inside Out: Ohio Wellness Program Inspires Healthy Bodies Through Healthy Minds
Profile of the Trinity Hospital Twin City’s Fit for Life wellness program, which helps participants in rural Ohio lose weight and improve their health. Highlights how funding from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy has helped this program grow over time.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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What Works? Strategies to Improve Rural Health
A guide for rural community health improvement. Explains how to find strategies that are likely to be effective. Identifies interventions related to health behaviors, healthcare access and quality, social and economic factors, and the physical environment.
Date: 07/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
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Health without Borders
Video featuring the Health without Borders (HwoB) program, which uses promotoras to provide immunizations door-to-door. This approach is popular in Mexico and provides a familiar experience for the immigrants that HwoB serves in Luna County, New Mexico.
Date: 06/2016
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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The Reverend’s Revolution: A Kid-First Approach to Community Health
Features the work of Reverend Richard Joyner and the Conetoe Family Life Center, a North Carolina nonprofit focused on youth development and improving community health.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 06/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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The Communities That Care Coalition Model for Improving Community Health through Clinical-Community Partnerships: A Population Health Case Report
Discussion paper featuring a community coalition in rural western Massachusetts focused on supporting youth well-being and reducing youth substance abuse. Describes the initiative and the partners involved, including clinicians and public health.
Author(s): Jeanette Voas, Katherine Allen, Ruth Potee
Date: 05/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Academy of Medicine
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QuickStats: Percentage of Youths Aged 10–17 Years Who Did Not Receive a Well-Child Checkup in the Past 12 Months, by Metropolitan Status of Residence - National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2008-2014
Chart showing the percent of children who did not receive a well-child check-up in the past year, comparing rates for those living in metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas.
Location: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 64(52),1410
Date: 01/2016
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Promoting Active Living in Rural Communities
A summary of research, observations, policy statements, and lessons learned from rural active living interventions identifying factors within the rural environment that may contribute to higher rates of obesity in rural children and adults.
Author(s): David Hartley, Anush Hansen
Date: 09/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Active Living Research
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Comparisons of Weight Change, Eating Habits and Physical Activity Between Women in Northern Sweden and Rural New York State - Results from a Longitudinal Study
Reports on a study that compares the change in weight over a 10 year period of women living in Northern Sweden and rural New York State. Identifies and compares the eating habits, the physical activities, and the vulnerability to the negative effects of unhealthy behaviors on both female population groups.
Author(s): Kristina Lindvall, Paul Jenkins, Melissa Scribani, et al.
Location: Nutrition Journal, 14, 88
Date: 08/2015
Type: Document
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Active Transportation Surveillance - United States, 1999-2012
Reports on walking and biking as a form of transportation for commuting to work or for other purposes. Discusses active transportation as a means to get health-enhancing physical activity. Includes demographic information on those who walk and bike. See Tables 3 and 4 for information by level of urbanicity, with the category of "town and country" being the least urbanized.
Author(s): Geoffrey P. Whitfield, Prabasaj Paul, Arthur M. Wendel
Location: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 64(SS07),1-17
Date: 08/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Offering Chronic Disease Self-Management Education in Rural Areas
Identifies challenges rural areas face in implementing evidence-based chronic disease self-management education (CDSME). Recommends strategies and resources rural communities can use to implement CDSME programs. Includes examples of successful programs.
Date: 07/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Council on Aging
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Rural Food and Physical Activity Assessment Using an Electronic Tablet-Based Application, New York, 2013-2014
Evaluates the effectiveness of a community assessment tool focused on the built environment and used to capture images such as sidewalks, walkable destinations, restaurants, and food stores, in an effort to identify barriers and facilitators to healthy eating and active living. Includes resident perspectives on community features and opportunities for improvement.
Author(s): Rebecca A. Seguin, Emily H. Morgan, Leah M. Connor, et al.
Location: Preventing Chronic Disease, 12
Date: 07/2015
Type: Document
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Accountable Care Communities in Rural: Laying the Groundwork in Humboldt County, California
Describes how Accountable Care Communities (ACCs) employ a unified approach to improving the health of a population and reducing costs, by emphasizing preventive health and wellness efforts, as well as promoting collaboration among community-based organizations, social services, and the local health care system. Examines the ways in which the ACC model may help rural communities face challenges associated with poorer health outcomes, transportation difficulties, and shortages of healthcare providers.
Author(s): Paula Weigel, Chance Finegan, Jocelyn Richgels, et al.
Date: 03/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute Rural Health Panel
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Knowledge and Perceptions of Tobacco-Related Media in Rural Appalachia
Examines the perceptions of tobacco-related media among rural, Appalachian natives to determine its impact on smoking rates.
Author(s): Steven Branstetter, Eugene Lengerich, Mark Dignan, Joshua Muscat
Location: Rural and Remote Health, 15, 3136
Date: 03/2015
Type: Document
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Developing a Culturally Competent, Sustainable Rural Model for Diabetes Prevention
Assesses a community- and family-based approach to diabetes prevention and management in eleven Appalachian counties across three states. Highlights the benefits of utilizing a culturally sensitive approach to diabetes education and awareness when engaging rural communities.
Author(s): Lesli Johnson, Sharon Denham
Location: Rural and Remote Health, 15, 3031
Date: 02/2015
Type: Document
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Physical Activity Behavior, Barriers to Activity, and Opinions about a Smartphone-Based Physical Activity Intervention among Rural Residents
Study examining physical activity behaviors and barriers to physical activity of rural adults in Florida. Additionally, the study explores the opinions of a smartphone-based physical activity intervention program "Get Up and Go" currently being developed for rural residents. Includes demographic data, types of barriers, and participants rating aspects of the "Get Up and Go" intervention.
Author(s): Allison N. Kurti, Henrietta Logan, Todd Manini, Jesse Dallery
Location: Telemedicine and e-Health, 21(1), 16-23
Date: 01/2015
Type: Document
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Development of a Nationally Representative Built Environment Measure of Access to Exercise Opportunities
Describes the development of a county-level measure of residents' access to physical exercise opportunities, based on proximity to parks and recreational facilities. This measure is used in County Health Rankings & Roadmaps. Includes a national map showing county-level access to adequate exercise options.
Author(s): Anne M. Roubal, Amanda Jovaag, Hyojun Park, Keith P. Gennuso
Location: Preventing Chronic Disease, 12
Date: 01/2015
Type: Document
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Rural Healthy People 2020: A Companion Document to Healthy People 2020, Volume 2
Provides a rural focus for the Healthy People 2020 priorities with an overview for each of the top health priorities ranked 11 through 20 identified by rural stakeholders. (Volume 1 discussed the top 10 priorities.) Topics include: cancer, health education, oral health, immunizations and infectious disease, public health, sexual health and family planning, injury and violence prevention, and social determinants of health. Includes reviews of the relevant literature and model programs appropriate for rural communities. Document is available for free download, after providing brief information about intended use.
Author(s): Jane N. Bolin, Gail Bellamy, Alva O. Ferdinand, Bita Kash, Janet W. Helduser
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Southwest Rural Health Research Center
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Rural Healthy People 2020: A Companion Document to Healthy People 2020, Volume 1
Provides a rural focus for the Healthy People 2020 priorities. Includes overviews of the top 10 rural health priority areas identified by rural stakeholders. (Volume 2 discusses priorities 11-20.) Topics addressed include: health insurance, primary care, emergency services, nutrition and weight status, diabetes, mental health, substance abuse, heart disease and stroke, physical activity, older adults, maternal and child health, and tobacco use. Each overview includes reviews of the relevant literature and models that rural communities can use to address the issues. Document is available for free download, after providing brief information about intended use.
Author(s): Jane N. Bolin, Gail Bellamy, Alva O. Ferdinand, Bita Kash, Janet W. Helduser
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Southwest Rural Health Research Center
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Rural Communities: Best Practices and Promising Approaches for Safe Routes
Discusses the barriers to safe walking and biking to school in some rural communities. Describes how to successfully implement the Safe Routes to School approach in rural areas, with examples of successful programs.
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
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Rural Communities: A Two-Pronged Approach for Improving Walking and Bicycling
Outlines infrastructure solutions rural communities can use to encourage and support biking and walking, as a means of improving the health of rural residents.
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
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Rural Communities: Making Safe Routes Work
Describes the benefits of making walking and biking safer for rural children. Discusses implementing the Safe Routes to School approach in rural communities, with ideas for how to get started.
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Safe Routes to School National Partnership
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Relationship Between Social Support and Body Mass Index Among Overweight and Obese African American Women in the Rural Deep South, 2011–2013
Reports results from a study undertaken in rural communities of the Alabama Black Belt and the Mississippi Delta. Examines encouragement and discouragement provided to overweight and obese African American women by family and friends related to healthy eating and exercise.
Author(s): Erica R. Johnson, Tiffany L. Carson, Olivia Affuso, Claudia M. Hardy, Monica L. Baskin
Location: Preventing Chronic Disease, 11
Date: 12/2014
Type: Document
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Rural-Urban Disparities in Heart Disease
Policy brief reporting on rural disparities in heart disease and the associated risk factors of obesity and physical inactivity. Includes heart disease-related death rates and information on obesity prevalence by sex, region, and rural/urban status from 2008-2010. Based on data from The 2014 Update of the Rural-Urban Chartbook.
Author(s): Alana Knudson, Michael Meit, Shena Popat
Date: 10/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center
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National Prevention, Health Promotion, and Public Health Council: Annual Status Report
Provides a framework for health providers and communities to align their community programs with evidence-based health promotion activities. Includes a worksite wellness model program from the Panhandle Public Health District which serves rural Nebraska.
Date: 07/2014
Type: Document
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Population Health in Rural Communities
Policy paper discussing the concept of population health in rural communities with a focus on providing better care, improving health, and lowering costs.
Author(s): Sally Buck, Patricia A. Crawford, John Gale, Deborah Holzmark, Michelle Mills
Date: 04/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Improving Rural Health: State Policy Options
Discusses strategies that states have used to improve healthcare in rural communities. Covers workforce pipeline initiatives, long-term care services, behavioral health, emergency medical services, wellness and prevention, rural health clinics, school-based health centers, telehealth, recruitment and retention of healthcare professionals, loan repayment programs, and community health workers.
Author(s): Kristine Goodwin, Laura Tobler
Date: 11/2013
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Conference of State Legislatures
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Using Technology to Deliver Healthcare Education to Rural Patients
Describes how the Internet can help rural health facilities get access to current health education materials for their patients.
Author(s): Carol McIlhenny, Brenda Guzic, Dawna Knee, et al.
Location: Rural and Remote Health, 11, 1798
Date: 10/2011
Type: Document
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Rural Policy Implications for Maternal, Infant and Early Childhood Home Visitation Program
Discusses the impact of the Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program on rural communities and how home visiting programs can dramatically improve the lives of mothers and their children who live in at-risk communities.
Date: 09/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
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Afternoons ROCK for Indiana Teenagers
Highlights the ROCK after-school program in communities throughout Indiana. The program teaches youth about social and media influences, conflict resolution and refusal/resistance skills, gang and violence prevention, avoidance of gambling, and structuring their leisure time to be free of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use.
Author(s): Candi Helseth
Location: Rural Monitor, 2011(Summer)
Date: 08/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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A Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factor Screening Program Designed to Reach Rural Residents of Maine
Reports the findings of a blood pressure (BP) and blood glucose screening program conducted from a mobile van that visited community events in order to bring screening services to rural Mainers.
Author(s): David Harris, Lois Hamel, AbouEl-Makarim Aboueissa, Deborah Johnson
Location: Rural and Remote Health, 11, 1727
Date: 08/2011
Type: Document
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National Prevention Strategy: America’s Plan for Better Health and Wellness
Discusses wellness and community prevention services. Identifies seven priorities including: tobacco free living, preventing drug abuse and excessive alcohol use, healthy eating, active living, injury and violence free living, reproductive and sexual health, and mental and emotional well-being.
Date: 06/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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The Power of Trails for Promoting Physical Activity in Communities
Highlights findings on specific trail characteristics that appear to attract regular users and examines how trails influence physical activity among various populations. Includes evidence from two studies of adults living in rural Missouri.
Author(s): Philip J. Troped, Heather A. Whitcomb
Date: 01/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Active Living Research
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Receipt of Preventive Counseling Among Reproductive-aged Women in Rural and Urban Communities
Investigates the association between rurality and receiving preventive counseling among women in Central Pennsylvania.
Author(s): Jennifer McCall-Hosenfeld, Carol Weisman
Location: Rural and Remote Health, 11, 1617
Date: 01/2011
Type: Document
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Healthy Communities - Healthy People
Examines what rural communities can do to reverse trends showing rural people, on average, eat less nutritious food, get less physical activity, and are more often obese than their urban counterparts. Presents policy examples involving grocery stores, local governments, schools, churches, and libraries that could help people lead longer, healthier lives.
Author(s): Julia Hudson
Date: 09/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Affairs
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North Carolina’s ABCD Program: Using Community Care Networks to Improve the Delivery of Childhood Developmental Screening and Referral to Early Intervention Services
Describes the key elements of North Carolina’s Assuring Better Child Health and Development (ABCD) program that works to identify young children at risk for developmental disabilities and delays. Elements include identifying standardized screening tools and physician training, building knowledge of referral agencies, developing processes for tracking cases, and improving communication to bridge gaps in understanding.
Author(s): Sarah Klein, Douglas McCarthy
Date: 08/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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Rural Residents Lag in Preventive Services Use; Lag Increases with Service Complexity
Describes preventive service utilization rates among rural adults and explores the factors that contribute to utilization disparities. Compares utilization rates for the following preventive services: routine physical exams, cervical cancer screening, breast cancer screening, colorectal cancer screening, and adult immunizations.
Date: 06/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
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Nutrition, Physical Activity, and Obesity in Rural America
Reports that obesity is more prevalent for rural adults than urban adults. Provides examples that can be used to promote and enhance nutrition, health, wellness, and physical activity in rural communities. Concludes that health reform plans should address school nutrition programs.
Author(s): Joe Blankenau
Date: 01/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Affairs
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Case Study: Health Coaches Partner with Community Members to Achieve Health and Wellness Goals
Details key steps and lessons learned to implementing a Health Coach program at Saunders Medical Center in Wahoo, Nebraska. The program is a free service available to every resident in Wahoo and its surrounding communities that educates and advocates for patients' overall health that produced positive results in four areas: mental health, breast health, diabetes, and obesity.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Case Study: Rural Health System Partners with Local Fitness Centers and Small Businesses to Improve Workplace Wellness
Outlines Henderson Health Care Services' reaction to a 2015 community health needs assessment (CHNA) that identified fitness and nutrition as community concerns. Composed of a Critical Access Hospital (CAH) and several specialty and primary care clinics, the Henderson, Nebraska-based rural health system launched a workplace wellness program called Body @ Work. The program offers area employees reduced membership rates at participating fitness centers, wellness education, and other preventive care opportunities such as blood pressure checks at the workplace.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Case Study: Community Fitness Initiative Helps Lower Childhood Obesity Rates
Details key steps and lessons learned as community stakeholders in Lexington, Nebraska organized an initiative aimed at reducing local childhood obesity rates. Using a partnership approach, leaders at Lexington Regional Health Center were able to successfully implement a community-wide program, the Community Fitness Initiative (CFI), and significantly reduce obesity rates in area schools.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Case Study: Community Partnerships Engage Residents in Healthy Living
Explains how Merrick Medical Center in Central City, Nebraska, partnered with other community organizations to help residents improve overall health by focusing on fitness and wellness activities. Shares the approach, results, lessons learned, and more from Merrick Medical Center's campaign to reinvent preventive care in the community.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bryan Health
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Rural Programs Making a Difference
Video series focused on programs featured in RHIhub's Rural Health Models and Innovations and Rural Monitor newsletter. Highlights the mission and services of these programs, with insights from program staff and community members impacted by the programs.
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Rural Community Health Toolkit
Provides rural communities with resources and information to develop a community health program. Includes information on how to identify and implement a program, as well as guidance on program evaluation, sustainability, and dissemination of program results.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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NCCDPHP Success Stories
A searchable collection of projects from the National Center for Chronic Disease Prevention and Health Promotion. Features projects addressing tobacco cessation, healthy eating, physical activity, and more.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Rural Diabetes Prevention and Management Toolkit
Resources and best practices to help rural communities develop and implement diabetes prevention and management programs. Identifies program models and examples, and discusses implementation, evaluation, sustainability, and dissemination of program results.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Population Health Portal
Provides tools and resources to help Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs), Flex Coordinators, and rural health networks use a systems-based approach to move forward with value-based compensation for care. Includes a readiness assessment tool to identify strengths and needs, and a data tool for accessing public health and hospital data by county and state.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Rural Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Toolkit
Resources and best practices to help you identify and implement a health promotion program in your community.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Rural Healthy People 2020
Outlines the strategic plan for completing Rural Healthy People (RHP) 2020, names the top priority areas to be addressed, and describes the next steps toward its development. RHP 2020 will aim to identify rural health priorities, support rural health leaders and researchers, and promote effective rural health programs.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Southwest Rural Health Research Center
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Community Health Online Resource Center
Database that includes practice-based resources to address obesity and tobacco use, and promote healthy living in communities. Results can be limited to rural populations under the Targeted Population and Settings category.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Rural Obesity Prevention Toolkit
Contains eight modules that concentrate on different aspects of obesity prevention programs. Also shares best practices from successful obesity prevention programs that have been implemented in clinical, school, and community settings.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Research-Tested Intervention Programs
A searchable database of cancer control interventions and program materials, designed to provide program planners and public health practitioners easy and immediate access to research-tested materials. Includes programs used in rural settings.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Cancer Institute
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PubMed Search: Health Promotion in Rural Areas
Searches PubMed's collection of journal article citations on the topic of rural health promotion.
Type: Literature Search
Sponsoring organization: National Library of Medicine
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Rural Active Living Assessment (RALA) Tools
A set of tools to assess the physical environment features and amenities, town characteristics, community programs, and policies that can affect physical activity among rural residents.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Active Living Research
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Rural Healthy People 2010
Includes links to the publication including Volumes 1, 2, and 3. Volume 1 contains brief overviews of the top rural health priority areas as well as associated Models for Practice. Volume 2 contains in-depth literature reviews for each of the top rural health priority areas. Volume 3 contains overviews, literature reviews, and accompanying models for practice for new focus areas.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Southwest Rural Health Research Center
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Last Updated: 12/11/2017