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Organizations and Agencies

California Institute for Rural Studies
CIRS is a non-profit research organization that focuses on farm labor (health, safety, and legal issues), pesticide and water, and rural community studies.

California Rural Health Services Unit (formerly the California Rural Health Policy Council-RHPC)
"The Rural Health Services Unit (RHSU) works to strengthen healthcare systems in rural communities of California and provides a focal point for discussion of rural health issues within the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development (OSHPD). The RHSU provides useful resources for rural healthcare providers and the public. In addition, the RHSU serves as a source of information regarding health workforce opportunities for rural areas of California."

National Center for Farmworker Health
NCFH provides information services and products to migrant health service centers. It offers a multi-disciplinary training center, newsletters, patient handouts, and other resources for health professionals and farmworker families. The Migrant Health Monograph Series consists of ten monographs on migrant health topics, each with a bibliography.

National Rural Health Association
"The association provides a forum for the exchange and dissemination of ideas, information, research and methods to improve rural health."

Office of Rural Health Policy (Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. DHHS)
"Congress charged the Office with informing and advising the Department of Health and Human Services on matters affecting rural hospitals, and health care, co-ordinating activities within the department that relate to rural health care, and maintaining a national information clearinghouse."

Rural Assistance Center
"RAC was established in 2002 as a rural health and human services 'information portal' to help rural communities and other rural stakeholders access the full range of available programs, funding, and research that can enable them to provide quality health and human services to rural residents." The site includes a calendar of events, news items, and funding information. It also includes topical information guides.

Rural Information Center (U.S. Department of Agriculture)
"RIC provides information and referral services to local, tribal, state, and federal government officials; community organizations; rural electric and telephone cooperatives; libraries; businesses; and citizens working to maintain the vitality of America's rural areas. RIC provides customized information products to specific inquiries including assistance in economic revitalization issues; local government planning projects; funding sources; technical assistance programs; research studies; and other related issues."

Rural Policy Research Institute
RUPRI "conducts policy-relevant research to assist policymakers in understanding the rural impacts of public policies and programs". Their program areas are rural health, rural venture/equity capital, rural telecommunications, and rural welfare reform.

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Publications and Databases

To search for journal articles on this topic, use Indexes and Databases. To locate journals, use the Melvyl catalog, or the UC-eLinks Electronic Journals Search.

Health Care in Rural America (Office of Technology Assessment, 1990)

Rural Health Care Delivery: Connecting Communities through Technology
This report, from the California Healthcare Foundation, provides an overview and case studies of technology tools available to assist health care providers in rural settings. The report helps providers understand what technology tools are available and how they work; the collaborative environment needed to adopt and implement the technology; and funding and reimbursement resources.

Rural Health Research Gateway
Maintained by the Maine Rural Health Research Center, this database is searchable by topic, research center, and researcher.

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Guides

Regional Populations Resources - Rural Health
A collection of links to health resources on rural populations from a collaborative project of the health sciences libraries of the Greater Midwest Region of the National Network of Libraries of Medicine and sponsored by the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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