RHY Resources


Rural Community Health Toolkits

The Rural Health Information Hub has over 20 toolkits that include evidence-based research, promising programs, evaluation tools, and resources addressing a number of issues affecting rural communities. Toolkit topics include food access, care coordination, disability and accessibility, mental health, disease prevention, substance use, suicide prevention, telehealth, and transportation. Each toolkit contains links to example program models from across the country, links to data collection methods, links to examples of communication strategies and more. The toolkits offer step-by-step guides on identifying needs, planning and implementation, evaluation, and dissemination.

Access all of the toolkits at https://www.ruralhealthinfo.org/toolkits


The Connection between Life Expectancy and Educational Opportunity

Child Trends has published new research exploring the impact of teens’ educational opportunity on life expectancy. According to the report, teens living in neighborhoods with rigorous academic content, experienced teachers, and supportive learning conditions and nonacademic support live longer than teens in neighborhoods with fewer educational resources. Researchers acknowledge that educational opportunity is estimated to account for only six percent of differences in life expectancy, but argue that its role is nonetheless meaningful and actionable.

View the report and maps online at



Helping Young People Get Organized

This article from Child Mind Institute speaks directly to young people with executive functioning issues or ADHD about strategies for becoming more organized, and why it can be helpful. Coming from a growth mindset, the author offers practical suggestions for identifying solutions that fit, breaking big projects into simpler steps, and coping and communicating when disorganization causes problems at school, work or home.

Read the article at https://childmind.org/article/how-to-help-yourself-get-organized/


Recommendations for Health Workers on Identifying and Serving Runaway Youth

A February 2020 Pediatrics article addresses how health care professionals can identify and care for youth who run away. Research suggests that 1 in 20 youth run away from home each year, putting them at high risk for trauma, victimization, mental health problems, substance use, pregnancy, and STIs. The article includes a thorough review of literature on numbers and demographics of youth who run away; circumstances that increase the likelihood of running away; and the unique health needs of runaway youth.

Read the full article at https://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/145/2/e20193752


Free Online Learning: Improving Conversations with Youth

Pathways Research and Training Center offers several videos and interactive learning modules designed to improve conversations between practitioners and young people. Tools describe effective interviewing techniques; what to say and what not to say; different conversational styles; and how and why to use open-ended questions in youth-driven conversations.

Access online learning tools at https://www.pathwaysrtc.pdx.edu/learning-tools

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