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HRSA Publications

Most HRSA publications are available online.  Many can be ordered free of charge by calling 1.888.ASK.HRSA.

 

Other Rural Health Resource Materials 

Community Paramedic Evaluation Tool, March 2012 (PDF - 351 KB)
This document provides a community paramedicine self-assessment tool can be used by communities that wish to assess the current status of their paramedicine program and serves as a potential framework to guide in the development of new community paramedicine programs.

The Dynamics of Sustainability: A Primer for Rural Organizations, February 2012 (PDF - 1.97 MB)
This is a sustainability planning "starter guide" for rural organizations and collaborations that are starting a new program.

Community Health Workers Evidence Based Models Toolbox, August 2011 (PDF - 141 KB)
This toolkit provides information from “model” Community Health Worker (CHW) programs – those that are frequently implemented in rural communities with positive outcomes, CHW training, implementation, sustainability planning, evaluation and dissemination of best practices.

Rural Behavioral Health Programs and Promising Practices, June 2011 (PDF - 864 KB)
This document will allow rural behavioral health programs to learn from the information gathered in a 2008 study examining the barriers to evaluating programs in rural and frontier behavioral health.

Sharing Best Practices: A Partner Approach to Addressing Substance Abuse in Appalachia Conference, July 2009

Meaningful Use & Critical Access Hospitals: A Primer on HIT Adoption in the Rural Health Care Setting, December 2010 (PDF - 532KB)
This primer provides a broad overview for HIT adoption in Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) based on the key lessons learned from the CAH HIT program in the context of ARRA meaningful use. 

A Manual on Effective Collaboration Between Critical Access Hospitals & Federally Qualified Health Centers, April 2010 (PDF - 793 KB)
The central point of this manual is to illustrate that through cooperation and collaboration, CAHs and FQHCs, especially those in proximity to each other and serving similar communities, can better meet community need, enhance each other’s roles, and stabilize and expand needed services and rural delivery systems.

Evaluation of the Flexibility Critical Access Hospital Health IT Network Implementation Program, December 2010 (PDF - 2.4 MB)
This report describes an evaluation of these grantees that were charged with designing, creating, and implementing functional pilot networks to improve coordination of care in their communities, and provide lessons learned for future providers and networks in adopting HIT.