Rural Active Living Assessment (RALA) Toolkit: Codebook and Assessment Tools
The RALA tools were developed using an evidence-informed framework and substantial input from rural residents, and were designed to balance the needs of practitioners (e.g., user-friendliness) and researchers (e.g., reliable measures). The modules capture specific physical activity amenities, programs and policies, as well as built environment features. The tools include: The RALA Codebook, Town-wide Assessment Tool, Program and Policy Tool, and Segment Tool. The RALA Codebook provides users with a practical and simple guide for implementing the tool in rural communities across the U.S. The development of the tools is described in Yousefian, et al. (2010, January). Development of the rural active living assessment tools: Measuring rural environments. Preventive Medicine, 50(Supplement 1), S86-S92.
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Policy Brief on Federal Health Care Reform
In this policy brief, Dr. Andrew Coburn of the Muskie School discusses three of the main components of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA): health insurance coverage, delivery system improvement, and cost containment, highlighting some of the provisions of the law that have already been implemented and those where important implementation decisions will have to be made.