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News by Topic: Mortality

Apr 1, 2020 - Summarizes data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) that shows patients with underlying health issues are more likely to need treatment in a hospital and are at a higher risk of dying if exposed to coronavirus. Describes how the disease could affect minority, low-income, and rural populations with existing health disparities.
Source: NPR
Mar 24, 2020 - Analyzes the risks that rural areas of the country face if exposed to coronavirus, including health and economic consequences. Includes statistics on the prevalence of chronic disease, test kit availability, and percentage of recreation dependent counties in rural versus urban areas.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Mar 12, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) published their Annual Report to the Nation on the Status of Cancer and found that cancer death rates decreased between 2001 and 2017. Researchers also found that all Healthy People 2020 targets for reducing death rates were met for all cancers, but identified that breast cancer screening rates dropped slightly among rural and uninsured women.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Mar 12, 2020 - Summarizes an analysis that found seniors living in urban areas are surviving longer than seniors in rural areas. Discusses how access to medical treatments, community culture, and tobacco use can contribute to these health disparities.
Source: Kaiser Health News
Mar 9, 2020 - Provides overview of a study that links some community characteristics, such as the number of fast food restaurants, with shorter life expectancies. Includes findings that indicate areas with lower population density, like rural areas, were more likely to have longer life expectancies.
Source: Penn State News
Mar 5, 2020 - Addresses the increasing suicide rates among farmers in the Midwest, describes several events that have plagued farmers in recent years. Discusses sources of stress such as increasing debt, plunging commodity prices, and worsening weather, and identifies programs and resources available to farmers.
Source: The Columbus Dispatch, USA Today Network
Mar 2, 2020 - Opinion article discusses Medicaid policy changes that could address maternal mortality in the U.S. Includes proposals to extend pregnancy-related Medicaid eligibility and expand community-based services to improve birth outcomes, outlines the proposed Pregnancy2Parenthood Plan which aims to be a consistent health plan for all pregnant mothers and infants. (May require a subscription to view full article).
Source: Health Affairs
Mar 2, 2020 - The Presidential Task force on Missing and Murdered American Indians and Alaska Natives announced a list of listening sessions and field consultations to occur between March and July, 2020. All sessions are open to the public unless stated otherwise.
Source: U.S. Department of Justice
Feb 26, 2020 - Addresses the rising suicide rate in the U.S., especially in rural areas, and presents suicide risks and misconceptions. Includes information on the opioid crisis and resources to aid in the development of a community suicide prevention plan.
Source: EfficientGov
Feb 25, 2020 - Addresses recent research that found child mortality rates are decreasing slower in rural areas and describes challenges that contribute to the disparities in maternal and child health outcomes. Highlights the Health Impact Project which supports community organizations in identifying and implementing strategies to improve maternal health.
Source: Pew Charitable Trusts