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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.
Source: AL.com
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Paiute Tribe Elders Navigate a Faltering Health Care System
Nov 23, 2017 - Details the difficulties in accessing healthcare faced by elders on the Fort McDermitt Paiute and Shoshone Reservation on the Nevada-Oregon border. Because of the remoteness of the location, tribal members are often faced with long drives to access services. But with 46% of the residents living in poverty, this challenge can seem insurmountable, especially as they age and have greater need for services.
Source: High Country 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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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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Poverty Rate Lower in Rural America Than Urban Centers
Nov 1, 2017 - According to the 2015 American Community Survey, households in rural areas have lower incomes than those in urban areas but they are less likely to live in poverty. In urban areas, 16% of people live below the official poverty line while only 13.3% of people in rural areas live below the official poverty line.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
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Why Appalachia Has One of the Nation's Highest Mortality Rates — and How Technology Could Help
Oct 24, 2017 - Discusses a recent report from the Appalachian Regional Commission on health disparities in Appalachia, including higher rates of stroke and suicide, and higher mortality rates for heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, injury, and diabetes. Also details access issues related to distance and demand for physicians and the impact of poverty on health. Touches on telemedicine as a potential intervention while detailing the barriers to that approach.
Source: The Post
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Traumatic Experiences Widespread Among U.S. Youth, New Data Show
Oct 19, 2017 - Highlights new data on the prevalence of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) across the country, in individual states, and by demographics like race/ethnicity and socioeconomic status. Also touches on the lifelong impact ACEs can have on a person's health and well-being and ways to mitigate these impacts by building resilience in children.
Source: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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