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Added October 6, 2021

UT Health San Antonio ECHO
Program partnering healthcare workers in underserved, remote, and rural areas with providers to expand knowledge and support specialty care in local communities through the Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes (ECHO) model.
Type: Tutorial/Training
Sponsoring organization: UT Health San Antonio
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Utilization of Z Codes for Social Determinants of Health among Medicare Fee-for-Service Beneficiaries, 2019
Discusses how Z codes help report and track social determinants of health and reduce health disparities. Describes Z code claim data collected from 2016-2019, including the top 5 Z codes used in 2019 and the propositions of Medicare beneficiaries with Z codes across demographic characteristics. Highlights potential strategies to increase Z code utilization.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Added October 5, 2021

COVID-19 Working Paper: Meatpacking Working Conditions and the Spread of COVID-19
Report details the working conditions of meatpacking plants and how they affected the spread of COVID-19 during the first months of the pandemic. Compares manufacturing jobs in rural versus total counties and highlights specific rural counties where meatpacking plants were infected. Discusses occupational characteristics that may have contributed to the spread.
Author(s): Thomas P. Krumel, Jr., Corey Goodrich
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Delivery of Healthcare In Rural America
Presentation slides discussing rural healthcare delivery in the United States and challenges to creating high-performing rural healthcare systems such as the COVID-19 pandemic, caring for high-risk populations, behavioral health needs, access issues, and more. Includes recommendations from the Bipartisan Policy Center Rural Health task force on developing current and long-term financial stability for hospitals and other healthcare providers, infrastructure supports, and more to address rural population health.
Author(s): Keith J. Mueller
Date: 09/2021
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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Drug Use Among American Indian Youth in New Mexico 2019
Fact sheet offering data on current and lifetime drug use trends among American Indian students based on the 2019 New Mexico Youth Risk and Resilience Survey. Discusses impacts of trauma and sources of support on the likelihood of drug use.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center
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Federal Data for Conducting Patient-Centered Outcomes Research on Economic Outcomes
Examines 29 federal and federally-funded healthcare data sources relevant to patient-centered outcomes research (PCOR) on economic outcomes to find gaps to aid future data collection efforts. Exhibit 2 reports on the overall characteristics for the 29 data sources by data source steward, how the data is collected, aggregation level, observation length, how often the data is collected, observable social determinants of health (SDOH) measures, and observable factors related to health equity, which includes rural-urban status. Exhibit A-2 outlines each characteristic mentioned above for all 29 data sources included in the analysis.
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
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Healthy Alaskans
Details Alaska's state health improvement plan. Highlights health objectives with the goal of reaching them by 2030. Features scorecards to track progress, interactive data portal, and news bulletins, among other things.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
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Marijuana Use Among American Indian Youth in New Mexico 2019
Fact sheet covering marijuana use data for American Indian students in grades 6-12 based on the 2019 New Mexico Youth Risk and Resilience Survey (NM YRRS). Addresses trends in marijuana use, perception of risk, and factors associated with marijuana use broken down by middle and high school age groups.
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Albuquerque Area Southwest Tribal Epidemiology Center
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Medicare Advantage Enrollment Update 2021
Reports on the percentage of rural Medicare beneficiaries enrolled in Medicare Advantage (MA) and other prepaid enrollment plans by metropolitan and nonmetropolitan location, from 2009-2021.
Author(s): Mina Shrestha, Fred Ullrich, Keith Mueller
Date: 09/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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Rural Transportation Issues: Research Roadmap
Report details the form and function of the transportation systems serving rural areas. Discusses gaps in service for all forms of rural transportation, including EMS and non-emergency medical transportation.
Additional links: Read Online
Date: 2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, National Cooperative Highway Research Program
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