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News by Topic: Health disparities

New Data Provides a Deeper Understanding of Life Expectancy Gaps
Sep 10, 2018 - Blog post from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) announcing a new interactive tool, compiled by the United States Small-Area Life Expectancy Estimate Project (USALEEP), that allows users to access life expectancy estimates by census tract. Life expectancy can vary widely based on where people live due to a number of factors. By providing extremely local data, the hope is that this tool can shine a light on inequities and equip local leaders to address them. USALEEP is a joint effort of the RWJF, the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Association for Public Health Information Systems (NAPHSIS).
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Culture of Health Blog
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When Seconds Count: One Funder's Work to Improve Stroke Outcomes in Rural America
Sep 10, 2018 - Highlights the philanthropic work of the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to expand and enhance stroke care in the upper Midwest, with a specific focus on their recent work in Nebraska. Stroke mortality in rural areas can be as much as 30% higher than in urban areas, but investments in these largely-rural states with longer emergency response time work to reduce this disparity.
Source: Inside Philanthropy
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A Rural Town Banded Together to Open a Hospital. Its Foe? A Larger Hospital.
Sep 5, 2018 - Details efforts within a rural town in Florida to open a new hospital. The area has a high poverty rate and significant health disparities, many related to the distance people have to travel for care. In addition to regulatory and financial hurdles, a larger hospital 40 miles away has asked the state to deny their proposal, a move that has delayed plans to build the hospital. (May require subscription to view article.)
Source: The New York Times
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Low-Income Californians Feel Twice the Burn from Wildfires
Sep 4, 2018 - Discusses the added environmental health risk posed by smoke from wildfires in California to low-income communities which may already face significant risks from existing air pollution. This includes rural communities, many of which are already facing increased respiratory health risks due to the close proximity of agricultural production, oil fields, and more.
Source: Kaiser Health News
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Sick River: Can These California Tribes Beat Heroin and History?
Sep 4, 2018 - Discusses the struggles of several tribes in Northern California related to drug use and environmental factors impacting health, access to food, and economic stability. These issues are intertwined, with the health of the river and the desperation its pollution creates both spiritually and for people who rely on it for subsistence fishing influencing drug use. (May require subscription to view article.)
Source: The New York Times
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Study Sheds Light On Rural-Urban Cancer Divide
Aug 20, 2018 - Highlights a recent study in the Pacific Northwest that found that the disparity in outcomes between rural and urban people with cancer disappeared in clinical trials, where rural and urban people received the same treatment. A researcher from the study suggests that lack of access to health insurance, specialty care, and specialists are largely responsible for this disparity.
Source: Oregon Public Broadcasting
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To Improve Health Disparities, Focus on Oral Health
Aug 9, 2018 - Discusses the impact of poor oral health access on overall health as well as its role in perpetuating cycles of poverty and declining health. Touches on several solutions, including the integration of primary and dental care to improve access in rural and underserved areas.
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Blog
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A Conversation with Kelly McGrath
Aug 7, 2018 - Radio interview with Kelly McGrath, MD, MS, Chief Medical Officer of Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics in rural Idaho and the Idaho Medical Director for Qualis Health, a Medicare Quality Improvement Organization. Discussion includes Patient Centered Medical Homes and neighborhoods, organizational culture, residency training, and a number of innovative approaches that have been tried at Clearwater Valley Hospital and Clinics.
Source: Rural Health Leadership Radio
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CDC: Advisory Committee to the Director (ACD), Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)-Health Disparities Subcommittee (HDS) Federal Register
Jul 27, 2018 - Announcement from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention of a public meeting for the Advisory Committee to the Director, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — Health Disparities Subcommittee (ACD, CDC-HDS) on October 9, 2018. Agenda items are focused on providing new members of the Subcommittee with information related to their roles and responsibilities.
Source: Federal Register
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Appalachian Kentucky Bright Spots: New Studies Find Nine Kentucky Counties Where Health is Much Better than Expected Given Challenges
Jul 25, 2018 - Nine rural Kentucky counties, seven of which are adjoining in the southern part of the state, have been recognized as "bright spots" in health because they scored better than expected on a number of health measures, despite barriers. The research which identified these bright spots, Identifying Bright Spots in Appalachian Health: A Statistical Analysis, made predictions based on health driver measures. Counties that exceeded these predictions were considered bright spots and were examined for successful approaches to healthcare in a second report, Exploring Bright Spots in Appalachian Health: Case Studies.
Source: Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky
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