Skip to main content

Rural Health
News by Topic: Statistics and data

Nov 24, 2020 - Summarizes research that found deaths due to the mix of substance abuse and suicides known as "diseases of despair" decreased in 2018, but mortality rates in the Ohio Valley and Appalachia are still higher than the national average. Discusses how the types of deaths have shifted in the region, with a decrease in overdoses but an increase in suicides and alcohol liver disease.
Source: WKMS
Nov 24, 2020 - The Federal Communications Commission is extending the comment period for an information collection regarding the actual speeds and performance of fixed and mobile broadband connections as part of the Measuring Broadband America Program. Comments on the information collection are due by December 24, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 23, 2020 - Analyzes new COVID-19 infection rates between November 15-21, 2020, finds nine out of every 10 rural counties are in the red zone with 100 infections per 100,000 residents, and 45 percent of rural counties are in the "very high" category with 500 infections per 100,000 residents. Includes an interactive map of all U.S. counties infection rates, as well as weekly data on the rate of new deaths and infections since June.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Nov 20, 2020 - The Census Bureau will hold a tribal consultation webinar on December 16, 2020 at 3:00 – 4:30 p.m. Eastern. The webinar will provide a forum for tribes to receive an update and to provide input on the 2020 Disclosure Avoidance System regarding work done specifically for the American Indian and Alaska Native tribal areas. Questions and topic suggestions must be submitted by December 14, 2020.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 19, 2020 - The Census Bureau is extending the comment period on an information collection called the Management and Organizational Practices Survey — Hospitals (MOPS-HP). The survey will be used to collect data on management practices from chief nursing officers (CNOs) at general medical and surgical hospitals in an effort to identify factors affecting clinical and financial performance. The Census Bureau has modified the survey proposal in order to obtain a better understanding of how hospitals have had to adjust and pivot operations during the COVID-19 public health emergency and measure hospital preparedness. Comments are due by January 19, 2021.
Source: Federal Register
Nov 19, 2020 - Summarizes a report that found one in five COVID-19 patients develop mental illness within 90 days of recovery. Carrie Henning-Smith, deputy director of the Rural Health Research Center, describes the possible mental health implications for rural residents, who are experiencing high infection rates and often lack access to adequate mental healthcare.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Nov 17, 2020 - Analyzes new COVID-19 infection rates from November 8-14, 2020. Finds the weekly number of infections in rural counties reached 195,795, meeting a new record for the eighth consecutive week. 86% of rural counties are in the red-zone and more than a quarter of those counties have infection rates that exceed 500 cases per 100,000 residents.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Nov 16, 2020 - Summarizes a briefing from infectious disease experts who explained how the return of in-person classes at colleges and universities is one of the causes of the COVID-19 spike in rural Upper Midwest communities. Describes how these communities lack the resources, staff, and specialists needed to care for infected patients. Includes a map of COVID-19 red zones from November 1-7, 2020.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Nov 10, 2020 - Analyzes new COVID-19 infections between November 1-7, 2020, finding that 80% of all nonmetropolitan counties are in the red-zone, or have an infection rate of 100 or more cases per 100,000 residents. Includes county-level data on areas with very high weekly infection rates, or 500 or more cases per 100,000 residents. These counties are primarily in the Upper Midwest and Great Plains.
Source: The Daily Yonder
Nov 5, 2020 - Summarizes research that shows 87 percent of rural counties had the highest rates of overall food insecurity. Describes that rural food insecurity was improving in 2019, but the trend reversed, intensified by economic issues worsened by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Source: The Daily Yonder