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Chartbook on Rural Health Care 12/07/15

The Rural Health Care chartbook is part of a series of tools and documents that support the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR). This chartbook includes a summary of the trends across measures of rural health care from the QDR and figures illustrating select measures of rural health care.  

The chartbook includes the following sections: 

  • Rural health care
    • Organization of the chartbook on rural...
Integrating Primary Care Practices and Community-Based Resources To Manage Obesity: A Bridge-Building Toolkit for Rural Primary Care Practices 09/17/14

The Integrating Primary Care Practices and Community-Based Resources To Manage Obesity toolkit was developed to help primary care practices manage obesity. It provides tools and concepts informed by the real-world experience of six practices in three rural Oregon communities.

The toolkit includes the following materials:

  • Staff meeting discussion guide
  • Chart audit form and instructions
  • Clinical care observation guide
  • Patient waiting room survey...
Alaska Community Health Aide Program: Cancer Education Resources 12/31/13

This Web page, developed by the Alaska Community Health Aide Program, provides cancer education resources for community health aides/practitioners, community health representatives, and other people interested in learning more about cancer. These resources focus on the Alaska Native community, but many of them can be adapted for other populations as well.

The resources are organized into the following sections:


  • Cancer movie connections
  • Cancer...
Rural Behavioral Health Programs and Promising Practices 10/11/13

This report provides information and tools to help improve rural behavioral health programs. It documents a study to identify innovative rural programs and uses the results to suggest basic tools for helping rural organizations take the steps necessary to move a program that is perceived to be effective into a promising practice. This report provides an overview of tools such as community building, grant writing, data collection, and program definition, which may prove useful to...

Rural Health Information Hub: Tools for Success 10/03/13

The Rural Health Information Hub provides access to resources that support grant writing, demonstrate program effectiveness, and show innovative program techniques being developed in rural communities. The center also presents health and human service program models and innovations from rural communities to provide examples of lessons learned.

The resources available can help rural communities:

  • Grow funding
  • Improve programs
  • Promote successes to...
National Rural Health Resource Center: Health Information Exchange Toolkit 05/15/13

The National Rural Health Resource Center developed this Health Information Exchange (HIE) toolkit, which contains resources designed for rural providers including hospitals, health networks, and others.

The toolkit includes the following:

  • HIE policy matrix: Includes “policy models” adapted from the Connecting for Health Common Framework
  • HIE DIRECT guide: This guide to DIRECT connectivity standards is designed to...
Community Paramedic Evaluation Tool 04/16/13

The Community Paramedic Evaluation Tool is a self-assessment tool to be used by communities that wish to assess the current status of their paramedicine program. The assessment tool also provides a common framework by which data can be collected from multiple community paramedicine programs to develop a snapshot of common successes and challenges, and to guide in the development of new community paramedicine programs. Although the tool should be useful across urban and rural programs, it is...

Rural Veteran Outreach Toolkit 10/16/12

This toolkit was developed to help increase partnerships between the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and rural communities and assist them with outreach efforts in providing rural veterans with information and referral about VA benefits, ultimately providing improved access to the best quality of care for rural veterans. The toolkit contains the lessons learned from community focus groups and pilots in three rural communities.

This toolkit will help:

  • Build a...
Community Health Workers Toolkit 08/27/12

The Community Health Workers Toolkit is designed to help rural communities evaluate opportunities for developing a community health worker program, and to provide resources and best practices developed by successful community health worker programs. Through eight modules, the toolkit offers tools and resources to develop and implement programs for using community health workers in local programs.

Topics include:

  • Introduction to community health workers
  • ...
Telehealth Technology Assessment Center Toolkits 01/13/12

This collection of toolkits can help health care organizations become better informed consumers of telehealth technology. The interactive toolkits allow users to learn the fundamentals of how various technologies work, as well as how to assess them for use in telehealth programs.

The toolkits include:

  • Digital cameras
  • Desktop video applications
  • Electronic stethoscopes
  • Patient examination cameras
  • Technology assessment 101
  • ...

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