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News by Topic: Rural-urban differences

Emergency Department Data Show Rapid Increases in Opioid Overdoses
Mar 6, 2018 - Press release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) highlighting their recently released report which found that emergency department visits related to suspected opioid overdoses increased 30% in the U.S. from July 2016 through September 2017, according to data collected from 45 states. Overdoses increased for men and women of all age groups and in all regions, but varies by state and by rural/urban classification.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Infant Death Rates Are Higher in Rural America - but Not for All Causes
Feb 16, 2018 - Details the results of a new report from the National Center for Health Statistics on the five leading causes of infant death and how these mortality rates vary in rural and urban areas. Although rural infant deaths have been higher for some time, this is the first breakdown by causes, and reveals that for the most recent data, rural rates were only higher for three of these five causes.
Source: Chicago Tribune
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The Lack of a College Degree Is a Public-Health Crisis. Here’s What Higher Ed Can Do About It.
Feb 14, 2018 - Discusses the connection between health and higher education as it relates to rural areas, where there are often fewer people who pursue a degree beyond high school. Includes thoughts from experts in health, education, and economics as well as some college leaders.
Source: The Chronicle of Higher Education
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HUD Secretary Ben Carson Pledges More Resources For Rural Poverty
Jan 24, 2018 - Highlights comments made by Ben Carson, the Secretary for Housing and Urban Development, at the 5th Annual Hunger and Homelessness Summit in Wisconsin, with a focus on mental illness and drug additions. Also discusses the disparity in funding opportunities for rural areas as opposed to urban areas and the relative costs to taxpayers for housing homeless people compared to how much emergency room care and extra policing cost when these people are left homeless.
Source: Wisconsin Public Radio
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