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Role of Diversity in Ohio's Health Workforce
Sponsoring organization: Health Policy Institute of Ohio
Discusses diversifying Ohio's health workforce, which will increase the presence of diverse populations, including those from poor backgrounds, and rural or Appalachian Ohio. Discusses health access for Ohio's underserved populations and strategies to help diversify Ohio's health workforce. Includes graphs and charts on Ohio's population and various health professions by race and ethnicity.
Date: 04 / 2014
Format: PDF

Medicare Accountable Care Organizations: Program Eligibility, Beneficiary Assignment, and Quality Measures
Author(s): A. Clinton MacKinney, Keith J. Mueller, Xi Zhu, Thomas Vaughn
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
Discusses the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP) eligibility, participation requirements, and quality measures relative to Accountable Care Organization (ACO) formation to assist rural providers.
Date: 04 / 2014
Format: PDF

Scheduled Telephone Visits in the Veterans Health Administration Patient-Centered Medical Home
Author(s): Nina Sperber, Heather King, Karen Steinhauser, Natalie Ammarell, Susanne Danus, Benjamin Powers
The Veteran Administration patient-centered medical home model, Patient Aligned Care Teams (PACT), includes telephone visits to improve care access and efficiency. This article discussed this method of improving health care access for Veterans.
Journal citation: BMC Health Services Research
Date: 04 / 2014
Format: HTML

Projected Impact of the Primary Care Residency Expansion Program Using Historical Trends in Graduate Placement
Author(s): Rossan M. Chen, Stephen M. Petterson, Andrew Bazemore
Sponsoring organization: Robert Graham Center
Discusses the Primary Care Residency Expansion Program and its impact on future physicians working in primary care. Chart shows projected work areas by type of residency including the number of those residents working in primary care, health professional shortage areas, and rural areas.
Date: 04 / 2014
Format: HTML

Reducing Rural Suicide
Author(s): Rebecca A. Clay
Sponsoring organization: American Psychological Association
Outlines how psychologists are finding innovative ways to reach out to people in isolated communities with specific mention of Native American and Veteran communities.
Journal citation: APA Monitor on Psychology Volume 45 Issue 4
Date: 04 / 2014
Format: HTML

QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥65 Years Who Have Lost All Their Natural Teeth, by Type of Locality and Region — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2010–2012
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Chart showing the percent of adults 65 or older with no natural teeth in nonmetropolitan areas compared to metropolitan areas, broken down by region, based on data from the 2010-2012 National Health Interview Survey.
Journal citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report) Volume 63 Issue 13 Pages: 297
Date: 04 / 2014
Format: HTML

State Funded Housing Assistance Programs
Author(s): Rachel Bergquist, Emily Cooper, Kevin Martone, Melany Mondello
Sponsoring organization: Technical Assistance Collaborative
A resource that provides the various options states in rural and urban areas implement to support people with disabilities and mental illness within integrated settings. Includes description of the Nevada Rural Housing Authority program.
Date: 04 / 2014
Format: PDF

From Service to Shelter: Housing Veterans in Rural America
Author(s): Eric Oberdorfer, Keith Wiley
Sponsoring organization: Housing Assistance Council
Discusses the characteristics of rural veterans, their housing, and available housing resources.
Date: 04 / 2014
Format: PDF

Federal Grant Writing Manual
Sponsoring organization: Technical Assistance and Services Center
Developed to help grant applicants write federal grant proposals. Includes basic information on how to evaluation if an applicant is qualified to apply for a federal grant. Manual also focuses on the different components of a grant application: goals and objectives, budget, work plan, project sustainability and how to evaluate the proposed project.
Date: 04 / 2014
Format: PDF

Qualitative Study of Medical Students in a Rural Track: Views on Eventual Rural Practice
Author(s): Carrie Roseamelia, James L. Greenwald, Tiffany Bush, Morgan Pratte
Studied medical students enrolled in a rural training track. Conclusions showed that despite enrollment in an RTT program, students with rural and primary care practice interests are often not committed to rural practice.
Journal citation: Family Medicine Journal Volume 46 Issue 4 Pages: 259-266
Date: 04 / 2014
Format: PDF

Rural and Urban Hospitals' Role in Providing Inpatient Care, 2010
Author(s): Margaret Jean Hall, Maria Owings
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
NCHS data brief comparing inpatient care at rural and urban hospitals. Covers the amount of inpatient care provided, patient characteristics, first-listed diagnoses, number of procedures, and discharge location. Based on 2010 National Hospital Discharge Survey data.
Date: 04 / 2014
Format: PDF

USDA Rural Development 2013 Progress Report
Sponsoring organization: USDA Rural Development
Highlights the investments USDA Rural Development has made to promote community and economic development including the support for health care facilities and the support for projects that impact the health and safety of rural Americans. Provides state by state statistics on the total amount of funding for each of the USDA-RD programs.
Date: 03 / 2014
Format: HTML

Aging in Every Place: Supportive Service Programs for High and Low Density Communities
Author(s): Janet Viveiros, Maya Brennan
Sponsoring organization: National Housing Conference - Center for Housing Policy
Identifies ways successful programs in rural places offer transportation to medical services, shopping and social activities, or bring various services to the homes of older adults who are unable to travel while keeping them in their homes as they age.
Date: 03 / 2014
Format: PDF

Annual Report: Calendar Year 2013
Sponsoring organization: Michigan Center for Rural Health
Provides a summary of the Michigan Center for Rural Health activities. Reports on the Gettel Scholar, an award for medical students who have an interest in primary care and rural health care. Includes updates in rural EMS, rural hospital programs, and recruitment and retention throughout Michigan.
Date: 03 / 2014
Format: PDF

Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program Evaluation: Interim Report
Author(s): Michael Meit, Carol Hafford, Katherine Meyer, Alana Knudson, Sara Levintow, Tess Gilbert, Heather Langerman , Jennie Alfaro
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
Introduces the five Tribal Health Profession Opportunity Grants grantee programs and provides initial evaluation results related to program structure, program processes, and education and employment outcomes.
Date: 03 / 2014
Format: PDF

Seizing the Opportunity: Early Medicaid Health Home Lessons
Author(s): Kathy Moses, Brianna Ensslin,
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
Compiles the findings from states that were early adopters of health homes in both urban and rural settings and provides recommendations for those states wanting to develop their own health home programs.
Date: 03 / 2014
Format: PDF

Strategies for Behavioral Health Organizations to Promote New Health Insurance Opportunities: In American Indian and Alaska Native Communities
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Provides outreach and enrollment strategies for organizations to use when introducing health insurance options to American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
Date: 03 / 2014
Format: PDF

Collaboration, Not Competition to Improve Community Health
Author(s): Matthew Weinstock
Darrold Bertsch, CEO of Sakakawea Medical Center and Coal Country Community Health Center, Hazen, N.D., discusses how a rural critical access hospital and federally qualified health center (FQHC) can work in an integrated and collaborative setting to provide better service to their communities.
Journal citation: Hospitals and Health Networks
Date: 03 / 2014
Format: Video

Children Growing Up in Rural America: Characteristics and Challenges of a Changing Population
Author(s): Marybeth Mattingly, Cynthia Duncan
Sponsoring organization: Housing Assistance Council
Discusses rural children and poverty rates. Authors report that nearly half (48.6 percent) of black children and just over four in ten (41.7 percent) Hispanic children across rural America live below the poverty threshold.
Date: 03 / 2014
Format: HTML

Native American Housing: Additional Actions Needed to Better Support Tribal Efforts
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
Discusses the housing challenges faced by tribal entities and suggest actions that could address those challenges.
Date: 03 / 2014
Format: PDF

Realizing Rural Care Coordination: Considerations and Action Steps for State Policy-Makers
Author(s): Michael Stanek, Carrie Hanlon, Tess Shiras
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
This brief draws from health initiatives undertaken in Alabama, Colorado, Montana, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Vermont to identify common policy considerations and action steps for coordinating care in rural areas.
Date: 03 / 2014
Format: HTML

Integration of Oral Health and Primary Care Practice
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
Describes recommendations and outcomes addressed in the 3 components of the Integration of Oral Health and Primary Care Practice (IOHPCP) initiative. IOHPCP was developed to address the need for improved access to oral health care through the development of oral health core competencies for health care professionals. Recommendations include increasing the diversity and cultural competence of the oral health care workforce.
Date: 03 / 2014
Format: HTML

Appalachian Region: A Data Overview From the 2008-2012 American Community Survey Chartbook
Author(s): Kelvin Pollard, Linda A. Jacobsen
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
Provides state- and county-level data on population, age, race and ethnicity, housing occupancy and housing tenure, education, labor force, employment and unemployment, income and poverty, health insurance coverage, disability status, and veteran status. Data derived from the 2008-2012 American Community Survey (ACS) for the 13 Appalachian states.
Journal citation: APA Monitor on Psychology
Date: 02 / 2014
Format: PDF

Telehealth Resources: An Introduction
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
Discusses the Telehealth Resource Centers which provide support to healthcare organizations, networks and providers to implement telehealth programs that serve rural and underserved communities.
Date: 02 / 2014
Format: PDF

Best Practice Guidelines for Implementing and Evaluating Community Health Worker Programs in Health Care Settings
Author(s): Melissa Gutierrez Kapheim, Jamie Campbell
Assists health care agencies in collaborating with CHWs or integrating them into interdisciplinary care teams. Addresses gaps in the CHW literature and assists health care administrators, public health professionals, health care providers, CHWs, and communities in designing and implementing CHW interventions. Highlights 7 CHW models including care coordinators, health educators, and Promotoras in rural, migrant communities.
Date: 01 / 2014
Format: PDF

Addressing the Health Care Needs of Rural Veterans: A Guide for State Offices of Rural Health
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
A manual for state offices of rural health to help them address the health care needs of rural veterans. Resources include information about the Veterans Health Administration and the VA Office of Rural Health programs focused on rural veterans, statistics and facts about the health care needs of rural veterans, and suggested activities SORHs may participate in to support the health care needs of rural veterans.
Date: 01 / 2014
Format: PDF

Florida's Rural Health Status, Health Access & Quality
Sponsoring organization: Florida Rural Health Association
A profile of the health status, health access, and quality of health care in rural Florida.
Date: 01 / 2014
Format: PDF

Running the Numbers: The Maldistribution of Health Care Providers in Rural and Underserved Areas in North Carolina
Author(s): Julie C. Spero, Erin P. Fraher
Discusses the maldistribution of health care professionals related to population needs, in rural North Carolina. Highlights physician workforce shortages in primary care, general surgery, psychiatry, licensed nurse practitioners, and physician assistants.
Journal citation: North Carolina Medical Journal Volume 75 Issue 1 Pages: 74-79
Date: 01 / 2014
Format: PDF

Continuity and Change: Demographic, Socioeconomic and Housing Conditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives
Author(s): Kathryn L.S. Pettit, G. Thomas Kingsley, Jennifer Biess, Kassie Bertumen, Nancy Pindus, Chris Narducci, Amos Budde
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Documents the housing needs and conditions of American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIANs) and Native Hawaiians.
Date: 01 / 2014
Format: PDF

Out Of Reach 2014: Twenty-Five Years Later, The Affordable Housing Crisis Continues
Author(s): Althea Arnold, Sheila Crowley, Elina Bravve, Sarah Brundage, Christine Biddlecombe
Sponsoring organization: National Low Income Housing Coalition
Addresses the need for affordable housing to low income individuals by providing data by state and county for the FY2014 housing wage, housing costs, area median income and renter households. Includes information on metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas.
Date: 2014
Format: PDF

Indian Health Service: Opportunities May Exist to Improve the Contract Health Services Program
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
Examines the challenges involved with timely payments from the Indian Health Service’s Contract Health Services Program for the care of American Indians and Alaska Natives from external healthcare providers.
Date: 12 / 2013
Format: PDF

Research Letter: State Repayment Programs for Health Care Education Loans
Author(s): Donale E. Pathman, Lynda Goldberg, Thomas R. Konrad, Jennifer Craft Morgan
Sponsoring organization: American Medical Association
Studied state loan repayment and direct financial incentive programs for health professionals, requiring clinical service in underserved communities or practices.
Journal citation: JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association Volume 310 Issue 18 Pages: 1982-1984
Date: 11 / 2013
Format: HTML

New Mexico Department of Health Strategic Plan Fiscal Year 2015
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Department of Health
Designed to identify the priorities of the New Mexico Department of Health and demonstrate how they are applying their resources to improve public’s health in both rural and urban areas. Discusses the NMDOH Rural Primary Health Care Act (RPHCA) Program that provides funding to community health centers statewide as well as rural workforce and rural EMS issues in the state.
Date: 09 / 2013
Format: PDF

Medical Home Framework for Increasing Cervical Cancer Screening Rates: Best Practices for FQHCs
Author(s): Christina Miller, Mary Takach
Sponsoring organization: National Academy for State Health Policy
This document features lessons and best practices from 14 FQHCs selected across seven states with leading rates for cervical cancer screening. It specifically incorporates the rural perspective and offers a case study from rural Maine.
Date: 08 / 2013
Format: HTML

Farmworkers and Mental Health
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Farmworker Health
A general overview of mental health as it relates to farmworker health. Includes information on symptoms, treatment options, facts and figures, and recommendations for providers.
Date: 05 / 2013
Format: PDF

How is Rural America Changing?
Author(s): John Cromartie
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
An overview of rural population trends, with presentation slides that includes maps and charts, and a link to a May 24, 2013 "America by the Numbers" C-SPAN recording, Demographics of Rural America.
Date: 05 / 2013
Format: HTML

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