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Health Clinics and Community Organization Coordinate Outreach Workers To Educate and Support Farm Workers, Leading to Healthier Behaviors and Higher Satisfaction 8/27/2014
Outreach workers from two community-based organizations coordinate efforts to support Mexican farm workers in navigating the health care system and enhancing their health. The program led to more physical activity, better dietary habits, and higher satisfaction.
Messaging System Enables Nursing Home Residents to E-mail Loved Ones Without a Computer, Leading to Enhanced Quality of Life 8/27/2014
The Good Samaritan Society, a nursing home in Tyndall, SD, created a messaging system that enables residents to easily correspond with friends and family by e-mail without using a computer, which has enhanced residents' perceived quality of life.
Provider-Lawyer Partnerships Enhance Access to Health-Related Legal Services for Low-Income Rural Patients, Leading to Favorable Resolutions for the Client 8/27/2014
Providers and lawyers collaborate to address the underlying legal problems affecting the health status of low-income rural patients and their families, leading to enhanced access to legal services, many favorably resolved cases, and high levels of satisfaction for clients.
Policy State Provides Financial and Technical Support to Underserved Communities Designated as Health Enterprise Zones, Leading to Enhancements in Primary Care Capacity 8/27/2014
The State of Maryland provides financial and technical support to five communities designated through a competitive bidding process as health enterprise zones, leading to an expansion of primary care capacity in these areas.
Low-Overhead Medical Home Leverages Information Technology To Attract Both Providers and Patients in Underserved Rural Areas 8/19/2014
A low-overhead medical home leverages information technology to produce a financially viable, high-quality primary care experience that proves to be attractive to both physicians and patients in an underserved rural area.
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2010 National Healthcare Disparities Report 8/13/2014
The purpose of the National Healthcare Disparities Report is to identify the differences or gaps through which some populations receive poor or worse care than others and to track how these gaps are changing over time.
Rural Assistance Center: Tools for Success 7/2/2014
The Rural Assistance Center provides access to resources that support grant writing, demonstrate program effectiveness, and show innovative program techniques being developed in other rural communities.
National Rural Health Resource Center: Health Information Exchange Toolkit 4/9/2014
The National Rural Health Resource Center developed this HIE toolkit, which contains resources designed for rural providers including hospitals, health networks, and others.
Alaska Community Health Aide Program: Cancer Education Resources 1/29/2014
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. 
Rural Behavioral Health Programs and Promising Practices 12/4/2013
This report provides information and tools to help improve rural behavioral health programs. 

Last updated: August 27, 2014.