Rural Health Resources and Best Practices
The following free rural health resources are provided by the National Rural Health Association in partnership with its members and other organizations.
Compendium of Rural Best Practices and Models - Communities along the border, including practices in the clinical setting - December 2010
This compendium is representative of NRHA's Border Health Initiative's activities to encourage the development of quality health care services for rural populations along the U.S.-Mexico border. The compendium is intended to share and highlight communities along the border with models that can be built upon. It can also be used in a prospective manner by federal agencies and state and local health and health-related agencies for setting priorities for rural border communities.
Rural Health Workforce Issues: Challenges and Opportunities - July 2010
This report is from the fourth meeting of the National Rural Task Force to share ideas and recommendations to NRHA and HRSA to promote the long-term growth and sustainability of rural community and migrant health centers.
Compendium of Best Practices/Models that Work in Rural Technology, Training and Workforce Development - September 2010
This document was developed by NRHA's National Rural Task Force to be used in a prospective manner by federal agencies and state and local health-related agencies for setting priorities for rural technology, training and workforce development. Please provide us with feedback on the usefulness of the compendium by returning the evaluation form at the end of the publication.
Rural Health Workforce Issues: Challenges and Opportunities - September 2009
This report is from the third meeting of the National Rural Task Force to make recommendations to NRHA that will take into account the special needs of rural providers and promote the long-term growth and sustainability of rural community and migrant health centers.
National Rural Task Force Vision Statement - September 2009
This vision statement was developed during the third meeting of the National Rural Task Force. The goal is better health for all. This is accomplished by supporting rural care teams, establishing a national commitment to rural health care and enacting policies to guarantee a rural workforce.
Comparative Study of the Status of Minority Populations in America's Poorest Counties: A Pilot Project - September 2008
This project developed a pilot profile of five counties, using county-specific data for each of the five USDA rural high-poverty groups (black, Hispanic, American Indian/Alaska Native, southern highlands and other) that include poverty, race/ethnicity and health outcome measures.
Compendium of Best Practices/Models That Work in Rural Workforce Development - September 2008
This document was developed by NRHA's National Rural Task Force to be used in a prospective manner by federal agencies and state and local health-related agencies for setting priorities for rural workforce development.
Developing Rural Federally Qualified Health Center and Critical Access Hospital Collaboration in Appalachia: A Demonstration Project - October 2008
This is the final study examining the actual process of a federally qualified health center and a rural hospital coming together to consider joint activities that would mutually benefit them and their community.
Geriatric Nutrition Assessment for Rural Primary Care Providers - July 2008
This publication is provided to teach rural community/migrant health centers’ primary care providers how to use the nutrition assessment tool "DETERMINE Your Nutrition Health" with their patients along with routine physical examinations.
Rural Community Health Centers: Building Creative Partnerships to Meet the Workforce Challenge - July 2008
This report is from the second meeting of the National Rural Task Force to continue to make recommendations to NRHA that will take into account the special needs of rural providers and promote the long-term growth and substance or rural health centers.
3rd Annual Hospital Replacement Study - May 2008
This study identifies how replacement facilities impact the operations and bottom lines of critical access hospitals.
A Rural Federally Qualified Health Center's Influence on Hospital Emergency Room Uninsured/Medicaid Visits and Costs - April 2008
This report provides results of the study, discussion points and local and national recommendations.
Fighting Stigma and Denial: HIV/AIDS in the Rural Community - April 2007
This document offers clinicians and health educators best practice models that have successfully helped individuals living with HIV and AIDS in rural communities overcome the stigma and denial that can make it more difficult to access care.
What Makes Rural Health Care Work? An NRHA American Tour - February 2007
This document is a collection of stories that try to determine what makes rural health care work. The answer includes example of operations that successfully combine people, leadership with vision, resources, communication and care to develop systems that exceed the expectations and are sustainable.