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Added July 5, 2022

Co-located Critical Access & Behavioral Health Hospital: Charles A. Cannon Jr. Memorial Hospital and Appalachian Regional Behavioral Hospital
Profiles Charles A. Cannon, Jr. Memorial Hospital, a Critical Access Hospital (CAH), and Appalachian Regional Healthcare System (ARHS) in western North Carolina. Describes how ARHS secured an exemption from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to build Appalachian Regional Behavioral Health (ARBH) Hospital nearby without losing CAH status. Discusses the impact of the CMS exemption on financial sustainability and emergency department wait times.
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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County Economic Status in Appalachia, FY 2023
Map showing levels of economic distress in Appalachian counties based on unemployment rates, income, and poverty levels. Includes interactive map, downloadable maps and data files, and data report.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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How a Desert Town Is Growing Its Way to Better Health
Highlights the work of a community garden program to address food insecurity in Huachuca City, Arizona, by offering fresh produce to the rural desert community through partnerships with the local library and senior center. Discusses the development of the garden, how it responded to challenges related to water, and the efforts of the program to encourage healthy lifestyle through community and youth programming.
Author(s): Elizabeth Bellizzi
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
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The Impact of Adverse and Positive Childhood Experiences on Rural Children, with Elizabeth Crouch
An episode of the Exploring Rural Health podcast featuring Dr. Elizabeth Crouch, director of the Rural and Minority Health Research Center, discussing insights on rural adverse and positive childhood experiences based on her research.
Date: 07/2022
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Risk of Closure Among Independent and Multihospital-Affiliated Rural Hospitals
Study examining the risk of rural hospital closure for independent hospitals and hospitals affiliated with other facilities or a health system. Analyzes 2007-2019 data from the American Hospital Association, Irving Levin Associates, and the University of North Carolina Sheps Center representing a national cohort of rural hospitals. Notes financial stability for affiliated and independent hospitals as well as policy interventions to support hospitals at risk of closure.
Author(s): H. Joanna Jiang, Kathryn R. Fingar, Lan Liang, Rachel Mosher Henke
Citation: JAMA Health Forum, 3(7), e221835
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
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Added July 1, 2022

BuchananCares Program: A Team-based Care Pilot Led by a Rural Community Hospital and Local Pharmacist
Describes BuchananCares, a collaboration among health professionals from the Appalachian College of Pharmacy, Buchanan General Hospital in rural Virginia, and the Virginia Department of Health. Designed to reduce patient readmissions and improve medication use for patients with COPD, diabetes, heart failure, and pneumonia.
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Community Preventive Services Task Force
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Expansion of Grocery Delivery and Access for Washington SNAP Participants During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Examines grocery delivery access and 2017 food insecurity rates by county in Washington using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) data and grocery delivery data from Amazon and Walmart. Identifies food insecure areas, including rural regions of the state, and describes actions to address food insecurity.
Author(s): Shawna Beese, Ofer Amram, Acacia Corylus, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 19
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
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A Spatio-Demographic Perspective on the Role of Social Determinants of Health and Chronic Disease in Determining a Population's Vulnerability to COVID-19
Examines the relationship between potential social determinants of health (SDOH), COVID-19, and chronic disease in San Diego County, California, with comparisons among the county's subregional areas which range from urban in the west to rural in the east. Explores which socioeconomic factors associated with COVID-19 and chronic disease rates are potential SDOH. Discusses whether spatial modeling of chronic disease rates can identify communities most vulnerable to COVID-19.
Author(s): Jessica Embury, Ming-Hsiang Tsou, Atsushi Nara, Eyal Oren
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 19
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
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The Town-Level Prevalence of Chronic Lung Conditions and Death From COVID-19 Among Older Adults in Connecticut and Rhode Island
Examine the association between town-level rates of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and deaths from COVID-19 in 208 towns in Connecticut and Rhode Island. Features county-level maps with shadings showing prevalence of asthma and COPD, and statistics with breakdown by rural location.
Author(s): Taylor Jansen, Chae Man Lee, Shu Xu, Nina M. Silverstein, Elizabeth Dugan
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 19
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
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Traffic Safety Facts, 2020 Data: Speeding
Contains information on speeding-related and non-speeding-related fatal and non-fatal motor vehicle traffic crashes. Features statistics on rates of injury and death, sex and age group of speeding drivers, previous 5-year driving records of speeding drivers, alcohol involvement, time of day and weekday or weekend, roadway surface condition, and roadway function class, with breakdowns including interstate rural and non-interstate rural.
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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