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Rural Health
News by Topic: Mortality

Jan 17, 2020 - South Dakota's Department of Health formed a committee of medical professionals that will meet and discuss how to address the high maternal mortality rate in the state. Describes possible contributing factors to the rising maternal deaths, including the increase in age of new mothers, rising rates of chronic conditions, and lack of access to quality healthcare.
Source: Aberdeen News
Jan 15, 2020 - Summarizes research that found a decrease in the overdose death rate as active coal mining jobs declined in rural Appalachia. This research counters the argument that the opioid crisis was fueled by the disappearance of the coal industry leading many miners to lose their jobs.
Source: 100 Days in Appalachia
Jan 10, 2020 - Summarizes research that reveals rural mothers are at a higher risk of severe morbidity and mortality during childbirth than urban mothers. Reports that the findings coincide with the decrease in labor and delivery units in rural areas, identifies policy changes as possible solutions.
Source: MPR News
Jan 8, 2020 - Provides an overview of a study suggesting that rural seniors hospitalized for life-threatening conditions are more likely to die within a month of their visit than their urban counterparts. Describes how rural patients were more likely to be discharged to a skilled nursing facility, while urban patients were often discharged to an inpatient rehabilitation facility or to home care.
Source: Reuters
Dec 27, 2019 - A rural hospital in Missouri saved a local man after he suffered a heart attack, just weeks later, the hospital shut down. Analyzes how small Midwestern cities are struggling economically and how the loss of necessary local medical services has led to an increase in mortality.
Source: The Guardian
Dec 23, 2019 - Rural Belmont County, Ohio has seen a dip in life expectancy due to the opioid and methamphetamine epidemic in Appalachia. Describes Ohio Valley's history and how a loss of the industries that once ran the area is a major driver in the increase of substance abuse.
Source: WXXI News
Dec 18, 2019 - American Indians in Minnesota have the highest opioid overdose death rate among Native Americans in the country. Researchers at the University of Minnesota Duluth medical school and White Earth Nation officials partnered to examine opioid overdoses among American Indians and identify underlying reasons of opiate use and ways to prevent future deaths.
Source: West Central Tribune
Dec 16, 2019 - U.S. maternal mortality rates are the highest in the developed world and Native American women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes than white women. Highlights the women of Indian Country who are training other indigenous women to become doulas and midwives, improving health outcomes for mothers and their children.
Source: Cronkite News
Dec 9, 2019 - While child mortality rates in the U.S. have decreased, researchers find the improvements were not equal among minorities in rural areas. Includes data outlining the disparities and emphasizes the importance of continuing research to further improve child mortality rates.
Source: Daily Yonder
Dec 5, 2019 - Discusses the opioid epidemic in the U.S. and analyzes how death from opioid overdoses has changed geographically over the past few decades. Includes data on opioid overdose mortality rates by county and rurality, describes the differences in type of substances in rural areas versus urban areas.
Source: City Lab