New Guide on Rural Human Services

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Human services play an important role in addressing the social determinants of health and controlling healthcare costs.  The new Rural Assistance Center topic guide, Human Services to Support Rural Health, gives an overview of the issues, provides key sources of information related to rural human services, and shares ideas of how rural healthcare and human services providers can work collaboratively to ensure that patients have access to the social supports necessary to meet their basic needs.

This guide was developed by RAC Information Specialist Holly Gabriel, with assistance from Jocelyn Richgels, Rural Policy Research Institute (RUPRI); Larry Goolsby, American Public Human Services Association; and Kathleen Belanger, School of Social Work, Stephen F. Austin State University.

New Guide on Community Health Workers

RAC recently launched a new topic guide, Community Health Workers in Rural Settings. The guide outlines the roles that community health workers can play in rural settings, identifies sources of data and information about community health workers, and covers issues related to training and training programs.

The guide was developed by RAC Information Specialist Kathleen Spencer, with assistance from Diana Abeyta, Office of Community Health Workers, New Mexico Department of Health; and Susan Mayfield-Johnson and Carol West, American Public Health Association – Community Health Workers Section.

New in the Rural Health Models and Innovations Hub

Successful rural programs added recently include:

  • Rural Health Initiative (Wisconsin) – Free health screenings, health coaching, and community referrals provided in-home or on-site for farmers and agribusinesses.
  • Smiles for Life (Ohio) – A partnership between a public health department and area dental providers offers dental treatment to low-income adults.
  • Targeted Rural Underserved Track (TRUST) Program (WWAMI states) – Places medical students in a rural medical setting prior to beginning schooling and allows them to return regularly to learn and work within the same community.


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