Community-Based Health Care


Community-based health care represents a unique mode of care delivery with its own set of considerations, challenges, advantages, and disadvantages. RAND experts have studied a diverse range of community health programs, neighborhood characteristics including food environments, public health implications of prisoner reentry, the role of faith-based groups in health care, and much more.

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    Community-Based Programs Are Critical to Veteran Suicide Prevention

    Apr 27, 2017

    The VA provides high-quality mental health care. Its biggest challenge is preventing suicide among those who are not enrolled, such as veterans with other-than-honorable discharges and women. Strengthening community-based programs could prevent veteran suicide and help slow national suicide rates.

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    U.S. Religious Congregations Offer Mental Health Support

    Sep 21, 2017

    Nearly a quarter of congregations in the United States provide mental health programming. Greater coordination between those congregations and mental health providers could foster more integrated and holistic care, which may lead to improved recovery outcomes.

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