Archive for the ‘Rural’ Category
Tuesday, May 12th, 2015
While the majority of Americans reside in metropolitan areas, our nation’s public health challenges and concerns are certainly not confined to large urban centers. Nearly 20% of the U.S. population resides in non-metropolitan areas where they experience many of the same health challenges as their urban counterparts. It is this recognition of the unique health challenges faced by rural America that serves as the impetus for the Rural Healthy People 2020 project. The primary goal of this research effort is to identify and address the priority health concerns of rural America.
For each rural health priority identified, a brief review of literature on this disease or condition in rural America is provided and illustrative solutions summarized. For each rural health priority, researchers contacted select rural communities across the nation to find innovative programs and practices, which address these concerns. These Models for Practice illustrate promising approaches by rural communities to address their health priorities. Click here http://bit.ly/1dVLZP2 to read more about these Models for Practice.
Thursday, April 9th, 2015
“VA’s Strategic Plan recognizes the challenge rural Veterans face in accessing their benefits and emphasizes partnership between VA and community agencies as a means of improving access for all Veterans.”
“This toolkit contains the lessons learned from community focus groups and pilots in three rural communities. Without the support of our community partners, many of whom are Veterans, this endeavor would have been more difficult and we are indebted to them for their assistance.
Using this toolkit can increase partnerships between VA and rural communities and enhance VA’s ultimate goal of “Improving the quality of life for Veterans who live in rural communities.” This toolkit will help:
- Build a relationship between VA and rural communities
- Teach rural communities about benefits and services available to Veterans
- Connect VA programs with community partners to assist Veterans
- Improve outreach to Veterans living in rural areas
- Help rural Veterans access local community resources
- Increase Veteran enrollment in rural areas”
To learn more and download the toolkit: http://1.usa.gov/1H7J1Sr
Wednesday, April 8th, 2015
The Campaign for Southern Equality believes that federal equality is the most efficient and effective pathway to equality for LGBT people. To this end, they are working to form partnerships and create resources and have made available the LGBT Rights Toolkit. While focused on 12 Southern States, information on federal law and national organizations is included: http://bit.ly/1JoUhcB.
Thursday, April 2nd, 2015
Rural Assistance Center – Information, resources, and frequently asked questions related to the education and training of the rural healthcare workforce. Includes sections and resources for, “Grow Your Own” and Career Ladder Programs, Education & Training Provided in Rural Areas, and Using Technology to Educate the Rural Health Workforce. http://bit.ly/1GPS0rw
Friday, March 20th, 2015
Farmworker Justice Fund, Inc. – Provides a variety of resources about the Affordable Care Act and healthcare access that can be used by organizations helping migrant farmworkers get health insurance. Available in both English and Spanish. http://bit.ly/1C6cgmp
Monday, February 9th, 2015
The Rural Assistance Center has an updated topic guide on Rural Schools and Health. The guide provides strategies that schools can use to improve the health of their students and includes links to relevant statistics, organizations and funding opportunities.
Rural Schools and Health: http://bit.ly/1KB3nUl
Monday, January 5th, 2015
The Rural Assistance Center has published a new topic guide on Community Health Workers in Rural Settings. Resources include a Community Health Workers (CHWs) toolkit to assist in developing a CHW program, FAQs about CHWs, and links to relevant publications, organizations and funding opportunities. Access the guide here: http://bit.ly/1zOnNBO
Monday, December 15th, 2014
The Rural Assistance Center has published a new resource guide on Human Services to Support Rural Health.
“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
Monday, December 1st, 2014
The Rural Assistance Center has published a new topic guide on Conducting Rural Health Research, Needs Assessment, and Program Evaluation.
“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….
- 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
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