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Rural Health
News by Topic: Statistics and data

Oct 27, 2019 - Describes ongoing research on the mental health of agricultural workers and analyzes the difficulty of calculating farmers' suicide rates. Farmers face unique struggles, such as added pressure and deadly work conditions, programs offer mental health training for family members and health facilities so they can support agricultural workers they come in contact with.
Source: Daily Eastern News
Oct 25, 2019 - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking public comment on changes to the Enhanced STD Surveillance Network (SSuN) information collection which is used to monitor trends in STD incidence in the United States. Comments are due by December 24, 2019.
Source: Federal Register
Oct 25, 2019 - Summarizes a research study that shows children living in counties with the highest poverty levels are more likely to die by suicide than children in wealthier counties. Includes a subgroup analyses reporting suicides by firearm increased with poverty concentration.
Source: American Academy of Pediatrics
Oct 25, 2019 - As birth rates decline and more Americans move from rural to urban areas, the population left in rural America tends to be older, sicker, and poorer. Includes infographics from the National institute for Health Care Management (NIHCM) comparing urban and rural populations, identifying the disparities in health and access to medical care.
Source: Forbes
Oct 23, 2019 - Presents an overview of a study reporting that one in five LGBT people in the U.S. experience poverty. Findings show disparities in gender, sexual orientation, rurality, and race, with straight, cisgendered individuals experiencing the lowest poverty rates.
Source: New York Daily News
Oct 22, 2019 - Summarizes The Older Population in Rural America: 2012-2016 report, which examines the older population by rurality. More than 1 in 5 older Americans lives in rural areas, includes nationwide data on age, gender, and geographic distribution.
Source: U.S. Census Bureau
Oct 22, 2019 - Explores poverty in rural Michigan, which is attributed to a lack of education and job opportunities as well as a shrinking and aging population. Includes data identifying the disadvantages faced in rural counties compared to urban counties.
Source: Detroit Free Press
Oct 22, 2019 - Features small, rural towns in North Dakota at risk of losing their emergency medical services due to minimal funding and shrinking populations. Rural communities often lack the resources to fund equipment and personnel, so EMS agencies across the country rely on volunteers who are already spreading themselves thin.
Source: NBC News
Oct 21, 2019 - A program in Amador County, California provides scholarships to students interested in working in mental health, some with their own personal ties to mental illness. Rural counties in the state have a shortage of mental health workers and this program aims to close the gap.
Source: KPBS
Oct 16, 2019 - Describes how the majority of universities and colleges in Michigan are clustered in the same areas, creating a skills gap and education deserts in the poor, rural counties of the state. With limited options for higher education, rural high school graduates struggle to enter the highly trained workforce and escape poverty.
Source: Detroit Free Press