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News by Topic: Statistics and data

May 13, 2021 - Blog post provides overview of a report that found maternal mortality in the U.S. increased from 2000-2015 and identified additional risks and challenges for rural and underserved women. Includes maternal mortality data by rurality, discusses disparities among women of color, and highlights federal efforts to improve maternal health outcomes.
Source: U.S. Government Accountability Office
May 11, 2021 - Analyzes new COVID-19 infection and death rates between May 2-8, 2021, finding a 12 percent decrease of infections and 14 percent decrease in deaths in rural counties. Includes an interactive map of COVID infection rates by U.S. county, charts detailing weekly rates of infections and deaths since June, and additional findings.
Source: The Daily Yonder
May 10, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) will hold a virtual meeting on May 12, 2021, from 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Eastern. The agenda will include discussions on the use of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine for adolescents 12-15 years of age. Includes information on how to submit public comments or request permission to make a public comment during the meeting. Registration is not required and the meeting is open to the public, available online via a live webcast.
Source: Federal Register
May 7, 2021 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking comments on a proposed information collection project titled A Baseline of Injury and Psychosocial Stress for Applied Behavior Analysis Workers. This information collection is intended to better understand the work-related injuries and psychosocial stressors encountered by applied behavior analysis workers. Comments are due by July 6, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
May 5, 2021 - Analyzes new COVID-19 infection rates between April 25-May 1, 2021, finding a decline in the number of new infections but an increase in COVID-related deaths. Includes an interactive map of all U.S. counties' infection rates. Details the distribution of rural COVID-19 hotspots and rural vaccination efforts across the country.
Apr 28, 2021 - An assessment by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) found fully vaccinated adults 65 years and older were 94 percent less likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 than those of the same age who were not vaccinated. Discusses how these findings support the CDC's recommendation to get vaccinated to prevent hospitalizations and the spread of the virus.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Apr 27, 2021 - Analyzes population changes in the United States, finding that more than half of all U.S. counties lost population in the last decade, while two-thirds of rural counties experienced population loss. Includes interactive maps of rural/urban population loss and gain between 1970-2019 and 2010-2020. Identifies counties with biggest losses and gains for each time period.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Apr 27, 2021 - Analyzes new COVID-19 infection and mortality rates between April 18-24, 2021, finding a decrease in both infections and deaths in rural counties. Discusses vaccination rates in rural counties, which have increased but are lower than vaccination rates in urban counties in most states. Contains an interactive map detailing COVID-19 infection rates for all U.S. counties.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Apr 26, 2021 - Summarizes a study that found closures of obstetric units at rural hospitals put Black and indigenous mothers at a greater risk of mortality. Discusses disparities in maternal mortality rates by race and highlights federal and state efforts to improve maternal health outcomes in the U.S.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Apr 23, 2021 - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is seeking comment on a proposed information collection regarding the implementation of the Outpatient and Ambulatory Surgery Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (OAS CAHPS) Survey. Data collected from OAS CAHPS can enable consumers to make more informed decisions when choosing an outpatient surgery facility, aid facilities in their quality improvement efforts, and help CMS monitor the performance of outpatient surgery facilities. Comments are due by June 22, 2021.
Source: Federal Register