A new RAC topic guide, Conducting Rural Health Research, Needs Assessment, and Program Evaluation, is now available to SORHs as a resource to help organizations in their state learn about:
- The importance of community-based participatory research to rural communities
- Why a needs assessment should be conducted before you select a program intervention
- Tools for conducting Community Health Needs Assessments
- How hospitals and public health agencies can work together on CHNAs
- Tips for efficient and practical program evaluations
- And much more
The guide was developed by Maren Niemeier, RAC’s Information Resources Manager, with guidance from rural health experts including: Alana Knudson (NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis); Gerald Doeksen, Cheryl St. Clair, and Fred Eilrich (National Center for Rural Health Works); Paula Carter (National Resource Center on Native American Aging and University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health); Ralph Renger, Ken Hall, and Karin Becker (University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health).
New in the Rural Health Models and Innovations Hub
Successful rural programs added recently include:
- HeartBeat Connections, a telephone coaching program which complements and integrates with primary care to reduce heart disease.
- LIFE – Living (well through) Intergenerational Fitness and Exercise, an intergenerational “exergaming” program to encourage fun and safe physical fitness among rural older adults
- Medical AIDS Outreach, a telemedicine program that improves access and offers cost-effective care to rural patients with HIV
Share Innovations From Your State
Please take a look at what RAC has listed in the Rural Health Models and Innovations Hub for your state. Do you have other examples from your state that you’d like to share? You can suggest an addition to the Hub!
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