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Archive for the ‘Rural’ Category

Resource Guide: Human Services to Support Rural Health

Monday, December 15th, 2014

The Rural Assistance Center has published a new resource guide on Human Services to Support Rural Health.

From RAC:

“This new topic guide shows the relationship between the provision of human services and the creation of an efficient healthcare system. Visit the guide to learn how health and human service providers can work together to address the needs of their community members. ”

Access the guide: http://bit.ly/1vScPIN

New Topic Guide: Conducting Rural Health Research, Needs Assessment, and Program Evaluation

Monday, December 1st, 2014

The Rural Assistance Center has published a new topic guide on Conducting Rural Health Research, Needs Assessment, and Program Evaluation.

From RAC:

“Rural communities and healthcare facilities have limited resources to address many health-related needs. Research and needs assessments can help determine where and how resources may best be targeted, and program evaluations can indicate whether a particular intervention or approach works well in a rural context….

This guide:

  • Identifies the similarities and differences among rural health research, assessment, and evaluation
  • Discusses common methods, such as surveys and focus groups
  • Provides contacts within the field of rural health research
  • Addresses the importance of community-based participatory research to rural communities
  • Looks at the community health needs assessment (CHNA) requirements for non-profit hospitals and public health
  • Examines the importance of building the evidence-base so interventions conducted in rural areas have the maximum possible impact”

Access publications, relevant organizations funding opportunities at the guide: http://bit.ly/15MCzSb

Healthcare Access in Rural Communities

Monday, November 24th, 2014

The Rural Assistance Center has published a new resource guide on Healthcare Access in Rural Communities. The guide includes information on barriers to healthcare access, strategies to promote access, relevant organizations and funding opportunities.

Healthcare Access in Rural Communities (RAConline): http://bit.ly/1HDiL1T

Keeping safe on the farm: Resources

Monday, September 22nd, 2014

September 21-27 is National Farm Safety and Health Week. Whether you work at or plan to visit a farm, here are resources for keeping safe.

Farm Health and Safety (MedlinePlus): http://1.usa.gov/15YkGil

Ag Safety and Health (Extension): http://bit.ly/1odfPNN

Farm Safety for Just Kids: http://bit.ly/XWViGp

Noise: Keep it Down on the Farm (Noisy Planet): http://1.usa.gov/1mpi199

Tools and Strategies for Managing Rural Health Networks

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

The National Cooperative of Health Networks Association (NCHN) offers a web-based searchable tool that provides templates, guides, and other resources to assist health care network leaders in the management and development of their network. Included are a variety of resources focused on rural health networks: http://bit.ly/1BNwEGZ

NOSORH Grant Writing Institute: Rural Health Grant Writing Specialist Training

Thursday, August 21st, 2014

National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health – A four-month training series designed to help rural health professionals build grantwriting and grant management skills. All classes are offered through an online portal.

Geographic coverage: Nationwide

Deadline: September 25, 2014

More information: http://bit.ly/1pj3g7m

Rural Assistance Center: Rural Vitality and Rural Healthcare Topic Guide

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

This new guide, developed by RAC Information Specialist Kathleen Spencer focuses on the linkage between rural healthcare and the economic strength and overall vitality of the community.

Visit the Rural Assistance Center’s website to access the Guide: http://bit.ly/1rCw9tI

Fact Sheet: Increasing Investment in Rural America

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

This week, the White House Rural Council will host the inaugural Rural Opportunity Investment Conference (ROI) to promote potential investment opportunities that exist throughout rural America. Top leaders from the business community and financial institutions, senior government officials, rural economic development experts and others from across the country, will come together to discuss ways to develop partnerships that create jobs, grow small businesses, and invest in critical rural infrastructure.

In conjunction with this event, the White House Rural Council is announcing a $10 billion dollar investment fund to promote rural economic development. This fund will continue to grow the rural economy by increasing access to capital for rural infrastructure projects and speeding up the process of rural infrastructure improvements. The fund is immediately open for business and more investors can now add to the initial $10 billion in available capital.

The ROI conference and the new investment fund are part of the Obama Administration’s ongoing efforts to promote investment in rural America, strengthen the nation’s infrastructure, and grow the U.S. economy. Since the creation of the White House Rural Council in 2011, the President has made historic investments in rural America designed to drive job growth, invest in rural education, provide emergency services, and address health disparities.

To read more visit the complete Fact Sheet: http://1.usa.gov/1o9CVTL

Resources on Finding Rural-Relevant Statistics and Data

Monday, July 14th, 2014

The Rural Assistance Center has created three new guides for finding rural health data and statistics.

Guides:

  • Finding Statistics and Data Related to Rural Health
  • Data Sources & Tools Relevant to Rural Health
  • Selecting Rural Data in American Factfinder

Access the guides: http://bit.ly/1mb3I1w

USDA Offers Grant to Help Repair Housing in Rural Areas

Friday, June 13th, 2014

From the United States Department of Agriculture:

“The funds are being made available in USDA Rural Development’s Housing Preservation Grant program. Eligible applicants include town or county governments, public agencies, federally recognized Indian Tribes, and non-profit and faith-based organizations. USDA does not provide funding directly to homeowners under this program.

Up to $3.9 million is available in Fiscal Year 2014. Applications are due July 28, 2014. More information on how to apply is on page 33495 of today’s [6/11/2014]  Federal Register.”

For more information, visit the USDA’s News Release: http://1.usa.gov/1itVNvq