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Rural Health
News by Topic: Statistics and data

Jun 29, 2020 - The U.S. Census Bureau created the Community Resilience Estimates (CRE), a tool to measure the degree of a community's resilience in the face of disasters and other emergencies. Some factors associated with high-risk communities include low income, especially in rural communities; greater proportion of single mothers; majority Black and Hispanic population; and greater proportion of residents ages 65 and older.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Jun 27, 2020 - Between June 26 and June 29, rural counties saw record-breaking numbers of new COVID-19 cases in a single day. Describes how rural cases are rising at a slightly higher rate than the national average. Includes case data for the month of June.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jun 26, 2020 - Analyzes new cases of COVID-19, identifying that for the second week in a row, rural counties had the highest number in a seven-day period since the pandemic began. Includes data comparing new cases by county type, attributes the increase in rural counties to several hotspot locations in Navajo Country and the Southwest.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jun 24, 2020 - Analyzes new COVID-19 cases in rural America and finds more than half came from a small number of hotspot counties, most in Southeastern states. North Carolina had the greatest number of hotspot counties, while Texas had the greatest number of new cases.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jun 23, 2020 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is extending the comment period for the Customer Surveys Generic Clearance for the National Center for Health Statistics (NHCS) which is used to assess customer satisfaction with the content, quality, and relevance of the information provided by NCHS. Comments are now due within 30 days of this notice.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 22, 2020 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) called for a commitment to value-based care due to Medicare claims data that shows the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the Medicare population. Data highlights disparities in health outcomes for minority communities and low-income populations and shows that older Americans and those with chronic health conditions are at the highest risk for COVID-19.
Source: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
Jun 15, 2020 - Analyzes counties with the highest rate of new COVID-19 infections in the last 30 days finding that meatpacking plants and prisons continue to be a major contributor to the spread of the disease and the hardest hit counties are home to large numbers of non-whites. Includes an interactive map of rural counties' new infection rates.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Jun 10, 2020 - Summarizes a new study that illuminated health and healthcare-related risks among rural residents compared to urban and suburban residents. Findings show rural residents are less likely to describe themselves as being in "excellent" or "good" health, as well as less likely to have health insurance, be offered various healthcare benefits, and use mobile health technology.
Source: Transamerica Center for Health Studies
Jun 5, 2020 - Announces a virtual public meeting of the National Committee on Vital and Health Statistics (NCVHS) on June 17-18, 2020. The agenda includes updates from Department of Health and Human Services officials, discussion on several health data policy topics, and the refinement of its workplan for the next 12-month period. Public comments will be accepted on July 18th.
Source: Federal Register
Jun 3, 2020 - The Census Bureau is seeking comment on the extension of a data collection through July 31, 2020 to determine the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on employment status, consumer spending, food security, housing, health, and to gauge the level of education disruptions. Comments are due by August 3, 2020.
Source: Federal Register