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News: Rural Health

  • Toolkit: State Strategies to Develop Value-Based Alternative Payment Methodologies for FQHCs--12-DEC-2017 - (National Academy for State Health Policy (NASHP))  Details

    This toolkit is designed to support state Medicaid policymakers in implementing value-based alternative payment models for federally qualified health centers and rural health clinics. Toolkit provides background information, considerations, and state strategies that address the following topics: stakeholder engagement, payment methodologies, measurement and reporting, policy levers, FQHC readiness, and rural health clinics.

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.

  • Atlas of Rural and Small-Town America - (U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA))  Details

    This biannually-updated atlas provides information on people, jobs, and county classifications for rural America, including socioeconomic indicators, employment trends, income, rural-urban continuum, economic dependence, child poverty, and more.

  • HSRR (Health Services and Sciences Research Resources) - (National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR), NLM)  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.

  • Human Needs Index - (Indiana University USA)  Details

    A timely, multidimensional view of poverty-related need based on Salvation Army and federal data on meal assistance, housing assistance, and more.

  • Market Saturation and Utilization Data Tool - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  Details

    The Market Saturation and Utilization Data Tool includes an interactive map and a data set that shows national-, state-, and county-level provider services and utilization data for selected health service areas.

  • Rural America - (U.S. Census Bureau, ESA)  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 - (U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA))  Details

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

  • Rural Public Health - (U.S. 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.

  • 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.


  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Rural Tobacco Control and Prevention Toolkit - (Rural Health Information Hub)  Details

    This toolkit provides evidence-based examples, promising models, best practices, and resources that your organization can use to implement programs for tobacco control and prevention.

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

    This toolkit compiles promising models and resources to support organizations implementing transportation programs in rural communities across the United States.

Grants, Funding, and Fellowships

Funding and grants specifically related to rural health.

  • Challenge Competition: Improving Remote Monitoring of Pregnancy - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS)  Details

    HRSA's Maternal and Child Health Bureau (MCHB) announces a prize competition to support the development and testing of low-cost, scalable technology-based innovations to improve the ability of prenatal care providers to monitor the health and wellbeing of pregnant women remotely, especially women who live in rural and medically-underserved areas who have limited access to on-site prenatal care.

  • Use of Technology to Enhance Patient Outcomes and Prevent Illness (R21 Clinical Trial Optional) - (National Institutes of Health (NIH), HHS)  Details

    Funding for clinical research focused on the development and utilization of technologies that can help address patient outcomes. Relevant areas of technology include remote healthcare delivery to patients via telehealth, robotics to enhance medication adherence, on-site care delivery, mobile heath to increase access and adherence, web-based decision support tools, and others.

  • Rapid Response Rural Data Analysis and Issue Specific Rural Research Studies - (Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), HHS)  Details

    The purposes of this program are to assist rural communities with (1) conducting rapid data analyses, and (2) short term issue-specific rural research studies to help communities and policymakers understand the impact of current and proposed policies and regulations as well as provide information that will improve access to health care and population health in rural America.

  • NRHA Rural Health Fellows Program - (National Rural Health Association (NRHA))  Details

    The Rural Health Fellows program is a yearlong, intensive training program that develops leaders who can articulate a clear and compelling vision for rural America.

  • Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant - (U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA))  Details

    The primary objective of the Socially Disadvantaged Groups Grant program is to provide technical assistance to socially-disadvantaged groups through cooperatives and Cooperative Development Centers.

Meetings / Conferences / Webinars

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

    The NOSORH calendar of events, trainings, meetings, and webinars.

  • Insights from the CDC MMWR Rural Health Series Webinars - (Rural Health Information Hub)  Details

    This webinar series highlights studies featured in the CDC MMWR Rural Health Series and rural programs funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) that are working to address rural health disparities.

  • Rural Health Leadership Radio™ Details

    RHLR's mission is to provide a forum to have conversations with rural health leaders to discuss and share ideas about what is working, what is not working, lessons learned, success stories, strategies, things to avoid and anything else listeners want to talk and hear about.

  • Rural Health Webcast: Laying the Foundation for Health Reform - (Alliance for Health Policy USA, Kaiser Family Foundation (KFF) USA)  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.

  • Rural Programs Making a Difference - (Rural Health Information Hub)  Details

    This video series highlights programs featured in RHIhub's Rural Health Models and Innovations and Rural Monitor newsletter. Each video brings to life the mission and service of these programs through visual narratives.

  • 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.

  • Completed Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) Projects - (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.

  • Health Disparities in Appalachia - (Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) USA)  Details

    Report measures population health in Appalachia and documents disparities between the Region and the nation as a whole, as well as disparities within the Appalachian Region.

  • 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 America at a Glance, 2017 Edition - (Economic Research Service (ERS), USDA)  Details

    A USDA report that provides recent trends in rural areas, including migration and population loss, income and employment, poverty, and broadband coverage.

  • Rural Economy and Population - Briefs from USDA - (U.S. 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 Healthy People 2020 - (Texas A&M University USA)  Details

    Rural Healthy People 2020's goal is to serve as a counterpart to Healthy People 2020, providing evidence of rural stakeholders' assessment of rural health priorities and allowing national and state rural stakeholders to reflect on and measure progress in meeting those goals. The specific aim of the Rural Healthy People 2020 national survey was to identify rural health priorities from among the Healthy People 2020's national priorities.

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

  • The State of Rural Healthcare in 2017 Details

    This annual study explores the many factors negatively impacting rural provider sustainability while also examining lessons to learn from those facilities demonstrating the value of rural. Download requires free registration. (iVantage Health Analytics)

Key Organizations/Programs

Key organizations and programs in rural health.

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

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

  • CMS: Rural Health - (Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS)  Details

    CMS is taking measureable steps toward improving access to health care for rural populations, including forming a council of experts tasked with addressing rural health issues, engaging stakeholders in rural communities, and partnering with health organizations to raise awareness.

  • Center for Rural and Appalachian Health - (East Tennessee State University (ETSU))  Details

    The Center for Rural and Appalachian Health was established to improve the health of people living in our region, state, and throughout Appalachia. Their mission is to engage rural and Appalachian communities to advance health and improve quality of life, through research, collaboration, public health workforce development, and community activities.

  • Flex Monitoring Team - (Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), HRSA, HHS)  Details

    The Flex Monitoring Team is a consortium of the Rural Health Research Centers at the Universities of Minnesota, North Carolina-Chapel Hill, and Southern Maine, funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy to evaluate the impact of the Medicare Rural Hospital Flexibility Grant Program (the Flex Program).

  • MAP Rural Health Workgroup - (National Quality Forum (NQF) USA)  Details

    The MAP Rural Health Workgroup, with oversight from the MAP Coordinating Committee, will provide recommendations on issues related to measurement challenges in the rural population. Additionally, the Workgroup will identify a core set of the best available (i.e., "rural relevant") measures and identify rural-relevant gaps in measurement.

  • National Rural Health Resource Center - (Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), HHS)  Details

    The National Rural Health Resource Center provides technical assistance, information, tools and resources for the improvement of rural health care. It serves as a national rural health knowledge center and strives to build state and local capacity.

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

  • Rural PREP Details

    The Collaborative for Rural Primary care Practice, Research, Education and Practice (Rural PREP) project's mission is to improve and sustain rural health through community engagement and research in primary care health professions education.

  • The Rural Information Center (RIC) - (U.S. 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.