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New Resources Identified in the Past 30 Days:

QuickStats: Percentage of Adults Aged ≥18 Years Who Walked ≥10 Minutes as a Method of Transportation, by Location of Residence — National Health Interview Survey, United States, 2005, 2010, and 2015
Bar chart comparing walking for transportation for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan residents.
Location: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 66(20), 547
Date: 05/2017
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Prevalence of Arthritis and Arthritis-Attributable Activity Limitation by Urban-Rural County Classification — United States, 2015
Provides detailed data on prevalence of arthritis and arthritis-attributable activity limitation for six urban-rural categories. Includes urban-rural data by age, gender, race/ethnicity, education, employment, body mass index, smoking status, physical activity, self-rated health, and functionally disabled status.
Author(s): Michael A. Boring, Jennifer M. Hootman, Yong Liu, et al.
Location: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 66(20), 527-532
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Deaths from Alzheimer’s Disease — United States, 1999–2014
Provides data on age-adjusted rates of Alzheimer’s mortality. Compares rates in 1999 and 2014 by urban-rural classification as well as by age, gender, race/ethnicity, and state. Also includes a map showing county-level average annual age-adjusted death rates from Alzheimer’s disease for 2005-2014.
Author(s): Christopher A. Taylor, Sujay F. Greenlund, Lisa C. McGuire, Hua Lu, Janet B. Croft
Location: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 66(20), 521-526
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Teaming Up for Asthma Control: EPR-3 Compliant School Program in Missouri Is Effective and Cost-Efficient
Describes a 2011-2014 study in which 54 Missouri school nurses effectively assessed 178 students' asthma status, leading to program improvements and better health outcomes. Features demographic statistics with breakdowns by urban, suburban, large rural, or small town or isolated rural area.
Author(s): Benjamin Francisco, Tammy Rood, Rebekah Nevel, Paul Foreman, Sherri Homan
Location: Preventing Chronic Disease, 14
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
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A Study of HCAHPS Best Practices in High Performing Critical Access Hospitals
Provides an overview of the Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS) survey, and presents HCAHPS best practices of high performing Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). Findings are based on focus group discussions with 38 hospitals across 17 states.
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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Rural Health Snapshot (2017)
Displays population characteristics, mortality, health behaviors, clinical care, and health insurance, comparing rural to urban residents.
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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Identifying Adverse Drug Events in Rural Hospitals: An Eight-State Study
Analyzes adverse drug events (ADEs), or events involving patient injury resulting from medication use, and identifies ways to improve medication safety in rural hospitals. Uses 2013 data from eight states with significant rural populations, and examines ADE rates based on hospital characteristics and across four main categories: steroids, antibiotics, opiates/narcotics, and anticoagulants. Companion brief lists resources that can be used to reduce and prevent ADEs in rural hospitals, including rural prospective payment system (PPS) hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs).
Additional links: Resources to Reduce Adverse Drug Events in Rural Hospitals
Author(s): Michelle Casey, Peiyin Hung, Emma Distel, Shailendra Prasad
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse in Rural Communities
Webinar recording discusses the challenges and strategies in stemming the rate of substance abuse in rural communities. Introduces the Rural Prevention and Treatment of Substance Abuse Toolkit, designed to help communities implement substance abuse programs. Presents several examples of state level programs focused on increasing access to naloxone and training for first responders to recognize and prevent overdoses.
Additional links: Audio Recording, PowerPoint Handout, Webinar Transcript
Date: 05/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Mountains, Plains, Cities, Schools: An Analysis of Colorado's Rural and Urban School-Based Health Centers
Examines important aspects of Colorado's school-based health centers (SBHCs), including program growth, funding sources, populations served, and service offerings. Uses statewide statistics to compare urban versus rural SBHCs and illustrate how SBHCs help fill critical healthcare gaps within the state.
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Colorado Health Institute
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Community-Based Health Needs Assessment Activities: Opportunities for Collaboration Between Public Health Departments and Rural Hospitals
Describes how and why rural areas have conducted health needs assessments, and explores opportunities and barriers to collaborative projects attempted by local public health departments and rural hospitals. Also provides recommendations for State Offices of Rural Health and state health officials, as they encourage local-level public health departments and rural hospitals to complete joint assessments.
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
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