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Data, Tools, and Statistics

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

  • Community Health Needs Assessment Toolkit (2012) images/pdf.gif icon - (Oklahoma State University, National Center for Rural Health Works USA)  - Designed for state level professionals, this toolkit facilitates the community health assessment process in rural hospitals at no or low cost to the hospitals.
  • Dissemination of Rural Health Research: A Toolkit images/pdf.gif icon - (Rural Health Research Gateway USA)  - This toolkit is designed to assist researchers in reaching their target audiences through the development of appropriate, timely, accessible, and applicable products.
  • Federal Economic Development Funding - (U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) US)  - Table of the urban-rural continuum and modified RUCA Codes for all counties in the United States.
  • HSRR (Health Services and Sciences Research Resources) - (National Library of Medicine, National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology)  - 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.
  • Resources for Critical Access Hospitals and Small Rural Hospitals - (Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, HHS (ONC))  - Designed for rural hospitals, this toolkit discusses the benefits of health IT and helps hospitals to take the first step toward implementation and attaining meaningful use.
  • Rural Health Topics - (United States Department of Agriculture (USDA))  - 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)  - 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)  - 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.

Meetings / Conferences / Webinars

  • 12th Rural Quality and Clinical Conference - (National Rural Health Association (NRHA))  - July 13-15, 2016, Oakland, CA. The meeting is intended for quality improvement coordinators, performance improvement coordinators, rural clinicians, quality improvement organizations, and nurses working rural health care.
  • Calendar & Events - (National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) USA)  - This website provides a calendar, with links to upcoming webinars and programs.
  • Rural Health Webcast: Laying the Foundation for Health Reform - (Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) US)  - Webcast Briefing sponsored by the Alliance for Health Reform and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Experts answer questions about how some aspects of pending health reform proposals may have a substantial impact on rural care. What provisions in the various reform proposals affect rural health care? What particular challenges need to be overcome in order to improve care delivery in rural areas? What aspects of health reform will require special accommodation in rural areas? Are delivery systems in rural areas currently able to handle the influx of new patients coverage expansion would bring? How does HIT factor into rural reform?

Guidelines, Journals, Other Publications

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

  • Publications: NC Rural Health Research Program - (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC))  - Publications from the NC Rural Health Research Center examine various aspects of health disparities affecting rural populations.
  • Rural Economy and Population - Briefs from USDA - (United States Department of Agriculture (USDA))  - 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 vs. Urban Ambulatory Health Care Review - (Health Services Research and Development Service, Veterans Administration (HSR&D))  - 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.

  • Flex Monitoring Team - (Federal Office of Rural Health Policy)  - 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.
  • National Rural Health Association - National nonprofit membership organization with more than 18,000 members. The association's mission is to provide leadership on rural health issues.
  • Office of Rural Health, Veterans Health Administration - (Health Services Research and Development Service, Veterans Administration (HSR&D))  - 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))  - Links to AHRQ evidence reports, activities, and data on rural health.
  • Rural Health Information Hub - (Rural Health Information Hub)  - 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 Gateway - 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))  - Provides services for rural communities, local officials, organizations, businesses and rural citizens working to maintain the vitality of America's rural areas.