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  • 2017 Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series - (Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA))  Details

    March 2017 - August 2017. The 2017 Rural Behavioral Health Webinar Series will provide resources and information on innovative approaches to address rural community behavioral health. Topics include maternal mental health, cultural competence, natural disaster response, and suicide prevention.

Search Queries Using NLM Resources: Rural Health

News: Rural Health

  • The Role of Medicaid in Rural America--26-APR-2017 - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  Details

    A new issue brief describes Medicaid's role for 52 million nonelderly children and adults living in the most rural areas in the United States and discusses how expansions or reductions in Medicaid could affect rural areas.

Data, Tools, and Statistics

data, tools, statistics, etc. related to rural health and HSR.

  • Agricultural Health Study Details

    A study of cancer and other health outcomes in a cohort of licensed pesticide applicators and their spouses. The study began in 1993 and has had over 89,000 participants.

  • Community Health Needs Assessment Toolkit (2012) images/pdf.gif icon - (Oklahoma State University, National Center for Rural Health Works USA)  Details

    Designed for state level professionals, this toolkit facilitates the community health assessment process in rural hospitals at no or low cost to the hospitals.

  • HSRR (Health Services and Sciences Research Resources) - (National Library of Medicine, National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology)  Details

    HSRR is a searchable database of information about research datasets, instruments/indices and software employed in Health Services Research, the Behavioral and Social Sciences and Public Health. The database includes brief descriptions of research resources and links to PubMed.

  • Rural America - (U.S. Census Bureau)  Details

    This storymap from the U.S. Census Bureau provides a visual definition of rural, urban, nonmetro- and metropolitan statistical areas, and information on where to find data on rural areas.

  • Rural America at a Glance, 2016 Edition - (United States Department of Agriculture (USDA))  Details

    A USDA report that provides recent socioeconomic indicators in rural areas, including employment, population, poverty, and income trends.

  • Rural Hospital Closure Tracking - (Cecil G. Sheps Center for Health Services Research)  Details

    A crowdsourced map and list of rural hospital closures since 2010. Users can submit new closures for addition.

  • Rural Public Health - (United States Department of Agriculture (USDA))  Details

    Links to general rural health resources as well as informational topic pages on specific rural health issues. Includes data, best practices, and case studies.

  • Rural Services Integration Toolkit - (Rural Health Information Hub)  Details

    This toolkit identifies evidence-based and promising models and resources that will benefit rural communities seeking to implement services integration programs.

  • The 2014 Update of the Rural-Urban Chartbook images/pdf.gif icon - (Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center (RHRPRC) USA)  Details

    This chartbook presents statistical data on population demographics, health risk factors, age-specific and cause-specific mortality, access to care, health insurancecoverage, and mental health for urban and rural populations.

  • The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2011-2015 American Community Survey (March 2017) - (Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) USA)  Details

    This study examines 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, migration patterns, and veteran status from the 2011-2015 American Community Survey (ACS) for the 13 Appalachian states.

  • Underserved Health Communities - (National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM))  Details

    The National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NNLM) Greater Midwest Region studied medically underserved areas at the county level. The resulting story map site provides data, resources, and stories of counties in Midwest states that have the highest risk of health factors.

  • Value-Based Care Assessment Tool - (Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI) USA, StratisHealth USA, University of Iowa College of Public Health USA)  Details

    Use the Rural Health Value Team's comprehensive Value-Based Care Strategic Planning Tool (VBC Tool) to assess 121 different value-based care capacities in eight categories. After completion, users receive a Value-Based Care Readiness Report that can be used to assess an organization's readiness for value-based care and to develop value-based care action plans.

Grants, Funding, and Fellowships

Funding and grants specifically related to rural health.

  • Black Lung Clinics Program - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA))  Details

    This announcement solicits applications for the Black Lung Clinics Program (BLCP). BLCP's primary goal is to reduce the morbidity and mortality associated with occupationally-related coal mine dust lung disease through the provision of medical, outreach, educational, and benefits counseling services.

Meetings / Conferences / Webinars

  • Health Equity Conference - (National Rural Health Association (NRHA))  Details

    May 9, 2017, San Diego, CA. This conference is designed for those who are dedicated to bringing quality health care and health care services to this underserved and often under-represented portion of the rural population.

  • Roadmaps to equity: Opportunities for closing health gaps - (Health Policy Institute of Ohio)  Details

    May 9, May 11, and May 24, 1pm-4pm ET. In this regional forum series, held in Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati, stakeholders will learn about Ohio's overall health status and challenges, as well as health disparities and inequities experienced by minority and other priority populations across the state.

  • 2017 North Carolina Primary Care Conference Details

    June 8-10, 2017, Winston-Salem, NC. This conference brings together the staff of Community Health Centers and other health care organizations dedicated to increasing access to care to the medically-underserved and uninsured of North Carolina. (North Carolina Community Health Center Association)

  • Calendar & Events - (National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) USA)  Details

    This website provides a calendar, with links to upcoming webinars and programs.

  • Rural Health Webcast: Laying the Foundation for Health Reform - (Alliance for Health Reform US, Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  Details

    Briefing provided a discussion about how some aspects of pending reform proposals within the ACA -- coverage expansions, subsidies, delivery system improvements and health information technology including telemedicine -- may have a substantial impact on rural health care.

  • The History of Rural Health - (Rural Health Information Hub)  Details

    This video series highlights key moments and developments in recent rural health history in the United States. Hear first-person accounts explaining the issues and how solutions came to be.

Guidelines, Journals, Other Publications

Rural health services research-related guidelines, journals, and other publications.

  • Access to Care for Rural People with Disabilities Toolkit - (Rural Health Information Hub)  Details

    The intent of this toolkit is to provide rural communities with the information, strategies, resources, and other important materials that could be helpful in implementing a program to improve access to care for people with disabilities.

  • MMWR Rural Health Series - (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR))  Details

    Starting in 2017, this series of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) surveillance summaries highlights rural health issues and topics.

  • Rural Economy and Population - Briefs from USDA - (United States Department of Agriculture (USDA))  Details

    Find a variety of briefs from the Economic Research Service at the USDA, including Rural Wealth Creation, Health Status and Health Care Access of Farm and Rural Populations, etc.

  • Rural Health Project Reports - (South Carolina Rural Health Research Center)  Details

    Reports and chartbooks on rural health issues including Access to Care, Behavioral Health, Diabetes, Health Care Services, Maternal/ Perinatal Health, Child and Adolescent Health, Older Americans, Oral Health, Uninsured, and Border Health.

  • Rural vs. Urban Ambulatory Health Care Review - (Health Services Research and Development Service, Veterans Administration (HSR&D))  Details

    This systematic literature review examines the evidence regarding potential disparities between rural and urban areas in health care provision and delivery, and how differences in health care may contribute to disparities in health outcomes.

Key Organizations/Programs

Key organizations and programs in rural health.

  • CDC Rural Health - (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC))  Details

    The CDC's Rural Health portal provides basic information, data, resources, public health programs, policy options, and success stories.

  • Flex Monitoring Team - (Federal Office of Rural Health Policy)  Details

    The Rural Health Research Centers at the Universities of Minnesota, North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Southern Maine (the Flex Monitoring Team), are the recipients of a 5-year cooperative agreement award from the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to continue to monitor and evaluate the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant Program (Flex Program). The monitoring project is assessing the impact of the Flex Program on Critical Access Hospitals and their communities and the role of states in achieving overall program objectives.

  • Office of Rural Health, Veterans Health Administration - (Health Services Research and Development Service, Veterans Administration (HSR&D))  Details

    Conducts, coordinates, promotes, and disseminates studies and analyses into issues affecting Veterans living in rural and highly rural areas, in cooperation with the medical, rehabilitation, health services and cooperative studies research programs.

  • Rural Health - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ))  Details

    Links to AHRQ evidence reports, activities, and data on rural health.

  • Rural Health Information Hub - (Rural Health Information Hub)  Details

    Rural Health Information Hub (Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub)) is a national resource on rural health and human services information. The Website offers online library, coverage of rural issues, state guides, toolkits, program models, and more. Provides customized assistance by phone or email. Funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy.

  • Rural Health Research Centers and Analysis Initiatives Details

    The Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) currently funds eight rural health research centers and three rural health policy analysis initiatives. The Gateway provides access to research and findings of the FORHP-funded Rural Health Research Centers,

  • Rural Health Research Gateway Details

    Federal program that is dedicated entirely to producing policy-relevant research on health care in rural areas. Initiated in 1988, it is administered by the Office of Rural Health Policy (ORHP), Health Resources and Services Administration.

  • The Rural Information Center (RIC) - (United States Department of Agriculture (USDA))  Details

    Provides services for rural communities, local officials, organizations, businesses and rural citizens working to maintain the vitality of America's rural areas.