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News by Topic: Health disparities

Native Americans Feel Invisible In U.S. Health Care System
Dec 12, 2017 - Life expectancy for Native Americans is 20 years shorter than the national average. Discusses some potential causes, including the Indian Health Service (IHS) being underfunded, discrimination, high poverty and uninsured rates in Native American communities, limited access to providers, and these various barriers leading people to stop trying to access care.
Source: NPR
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UN Poverty Official Touring Alabama's Black Belt: 'I Haven't Seen This' in the First World
Dec 8, 2017 - Highlights areas of rural Alabama where many residents do not have septic tanks and are forced to pipe sewage out of their homes into open trenches. The potential for spreading illness, whether through old water pipes that might not be perfectly sealed or through exposure while children are playing outside, is a significant health concern. Also touches on the influence of poverty and racial discrimination on this health concern.
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Medical Care Supplement Call for Papers, Health IT to Address Disparities
Dec 2, 2017 - The National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD) is sponsoring a supplement to the journal Medical Care on "Addressing Health Disparities through the Utilization of Health Information Technology." Research must focus on one or more minority or health disparity populations. Papers must be submitted by February 12, 2018. (Announcement in the right sidebar.)
Source: National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities
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Impact of Childhood Trauma Reaches Rural Wisconsin
Nov 30, 2017 - Focuses on a rural county in Wisconsin where rates of opioid overdoses and hospitalizations are particularly high. This county also has high rates of adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Addresses the impact both of these things can have on individuals and communities and how they are exacerbated by limited access to healthcare.
Source: journal sentinel
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CDC Report Details Health Disparities Between Rural Minorities
Nov 28, 2017 - Details the results of a recent report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) which found that rural communities have become increasingly racially and ethnically diverse in recent years, but that there are significant health disparities between groups.
Source: North Carolina Health News
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Third-World Parasite Plagues the Rural South
Nov 22, 2017 - Highlights the prevalence of hookworm in the rural South, focusing on a specific county in Alabama. Many of these residents cannot afford septic systems, and those who can often have systems that are not conducive to the climate and soil type, pumping sewage back into homes. Details the impact of hookworm disease on health, especially in children, and research happening to better understand the problem and potential solutions.
Source: Spotlight on Poverty and Opportunity
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Opioid, Heroin Overdoses Contributing to Rural Population Decline, USDA Says
Nov 17, 2017 - In its annual survey of rural America, Rural America at a Glance the U.S. Department of Agriculture found that population rates are decreasing in rural areas and that mortality rates of working-age adults are increasing, in part because of opioid overdoses.
Source: KUNC
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In Rural America, Community-Driven Solutions Improve Health
Nov 15, 2017 - Blog post from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) on the diversity of rural America as well as the shared strengths and obstacles rural communities face and the impact those obstacles have on health. Includes examples of innovative local solutions in rural communities that were awarded the RWJF Culture of Health Prize, as well as a list of rural health resources.
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Blog
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While Lower in Health Rankings, Rural Counties Still Have Advantages
Nov 15, 2017 - Details the results of the 2017 County Health Rankings which found that rural counties are less likely than their urban counterparts to receive high marks for health and are less likely to have organizations, people, and infrastructure in place to improve community health. Also touches on rural advantages that are more difficult to measure, like personal relationships and the interconnected nature of rural communities.
Source: The Daily Yonder
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For Some Native Americans, Uranium Contamination Feels Like Discrimination
Nov 14, 2017 - Details the high rates of uranium in drinking water on Navajo Nation in northeastern Arizona which have led to health problems and deaths for residents. Also touches on the cultural attachment the Navajo people have to the land and why moving away is not an obvious choice. Of 521 uranium mines in the area, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has only cleaned up 9.
Source: NPR
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