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News by Topic: Rural-urban differences

Jan 6, 2020 - Presents an overview of a study that suggests fewer than 1 in 10 U.S. primary care providers can prescribe buprenorphine to treat opioid addiction. Findings show counties with the highest opioid overdoses saw a climb in physicians able to prescribe the medication, but rural communities did not see as much of an increase as urban communities.
Source: Reuters
Jan 2, 2020 - Addresses the disparity in resources available to homeless populations in urban areas of Texas versus rural areas. Describes how homeless people are often hidden in rural towns, making it more difficult to get an accurate count and provide necessary services.
Source: The Texas Tribune
Dec 26, 2019 - Many rural areas are struggling to keep local grocery stores open, features a couple who purchased a deli to sell healthy foods in a rural Minnesota town. Highlights the steps they have taken to improve their community's health and navigate the risks of operating a business in a small town.
Source: West Central Tribune
Dec 23, 2019 - Summarizes research on long-term ozone and wood smoke exposure and its effect on the lung health of smokers and non-smokers. Former and current smokers were found to be at high risk of chronic lung disease and more susceptible to environmental factors, and rural residents, who are more likely to use wood or coal as a primary heat source, were found to have COPD rates twice that of urban areas.
Source: News Wise
Dec 19, 2019 - Presents findings from an analysis of U.S. Census Bureau county estimates that the poverty rate grew in 30 percent of counties between 2016 and 2018, with the biggest increases in rural and Southern areas. Describes how areas with aging populations and decreasing job opportunities have led to unfavorable economic conditions.
Source: Pew Charitable Trusts
Dec 18, 2019 - Features the Center for Mental Health, which provides affordable behavioral health services through ten facilities across the rural Western Slope of Colorado. The state has one of the highest rates of suicide in the country. Explains the importance of rural communities having access to mental health services, especially during the winter months.
Source: Crested Butte News
Dec 18, 2019 - A University of Kentucky-led coalition is partnering with employers to address the high rates of lung cancer among rural Kentuckian men. The coalition created worksite interventions on lung cancer to inform those at risk of the resources available in their area.
Source: University of Kentucky News
Dec 17, 2019 - Features a team of researchers at the University of Georgia who are using computer modeling to address the disparity in cardiovascular health among rural and urban populations. Describes how they will use a model to represent rural communities, leading to a greater understanding and more accurate policy recommendations to improve rural health.
Source: UGA Today
Dec 13, 2019 - Discusses a new study analyzing jail populations and reports that while jail populations have been decreasing in urban areas, the number has been climbing in rural areas. Attributes the increase in rural incarceration to the opioid crisis in areas like Appalachia and emphasizes focusing on education, prevention, and treatment in order to decrease the number of inmates. (May require a subscription to view full article).
Source: New York Times
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