Nicole Ingalls-Caley, the Outreach Specialist for the Rural Health Information Hub (RHIhub) explains resources they have for rural healthcare....
"We’re an information center on all things related to rural health and, because we’re federally-funded, everything we offer is completely free. Rural communities often have to do more with less—fewer people, fewer resources, etc. Our role is to try to make that easier by putting rural-specific information—research, funding opportunities, model programs, tools, etc.—in one place. Our audiences are generally people working in health in rural communities, and we try to help them do that important work quickly and easily and with the best information available.
We have a topic guide on Rural Hospice and Palliative Care. Our topic guides provide an overview of a topic organized by Frequently Asked Questions and provide stats and data, resources, and more. They also link directly related items in our Online Library like funding, resources, news, events, and organizations that are relevant to the topic. In our Online Library, you can also search by topics like ‘Home health’ and ‘Hospice and palliative care’. Within these topic searches you can also further narrow by location and topic, to make it quick and easy to find whatever you’re looking for. We also have state guides, which link to state-specific items and which may also be useful to your rural audience.
Our Models and Innovations section includes model programs which can also be searched by the topics ‘Home health’ and ‘Hospice and Palliative Care’ to see how other people in rural areas have created programs or solved related problems. These include barriers that were faced and tips for replication.
Other tools that are generally relevant to any rural health organization include our Evidence-Based Toolkits that guide rural organizations through the creation of specific community health programs, our Am I Rural? tool, which makes it quick and easy to determine if your location qualifies as rural under several different federal definitions, our Economic Impact Analysis tool which can be used to demonstrate the positive economic impact of a program’s grant funding on a community, our Sustainability Planning Tools which help plan and position grant-funded projects so that services can be sustained long-term, and the Rural Monitor, which is our online magazine where our team of writers explore rural-relevant issues.
Outreach Specialist | Rural Health Information Hub
University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health
1301 N Columbia Road, Stop 9037 | Grand Forks, ND 58202-9037
Direct: 701-777-6046 | Toll-free: 1-800-270-1898
Home Care Association of Washington
Vancouver, WA 98665