Nov 30, 2020
The Farley Health Policy Center and the Colorado Hospital Association partnered to create an evidence-based playbook
designed to support rural hospitals and primary care practices navigate ongoing COVID-19 related challenges, including clinical care, space, staffing, and supplies. The practical resource incorporates case-based learning and strategic thinking prompts, as well as findings from the literature and key informant interviews from over 30 rural health care leaders and patients in Colorado. The playbook also contains a brand-new rural health care delivery system assessment tool that provides rural hospitals and clinics with a tool to understand their current capacity and opportunities for improvement across five domains, including governance and leadership; community engagement; financial health; clinical care; and emergency preparedness and resilience. Rather than guiding readers on exactly what to do, the playbook encourages rural health care leaders to develop the skills needed to critically examine and own their solutions.