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Rural Health
Resources by State: Kentucky

A Guide to Establishing Syringe Services Programs in Rural, At-Risk Areas
Intended to explain basics of syringe services programs, to identify the need for them in at-risk rural communities, and to provide guidance on considerations when establishing programs. Includes examples of programs in Kentucky, West Virginia, Indiana, and North Carolina and information about syringe services-related regulations and laws in select locations.
Author(s): Regina La Belle
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Comer Family Foundation
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How Western Kentucky Leveraged Medicaid Expansion to Increase Access to Health Care
Describes improvements in healthcare access and quality in Paducah and nearby counties from 2011-2014, when almost 500,000 people were added to the Medicaid rolls. Includes demographic statistics, difference in health system rank from 2012 to 2016, and map showing locations of 9 clinics that have opened or expanded during that time.
Author(s): Sarah Klein, Martha Hostetter, Douglas McCarthy
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Commonwealth Fund
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"Doing Something Exceptional": Rural Communities and Colorectal Cancer Screening
Discusses the importance of colorectal cancer screening and the challenges of providing this service in rural communities. Highlights colorectal cancer screening programs in rural Kentucky and Idaho.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Mass Media Campaign to Reduce Consumption of Sugar-Sweetened Beverages in a Rural Area of the United States
Results of a study in which messages about health risks associated with sugar-sweetened beverages (SSBs) were disseminated in 2015-2016 through television, digital channels, and local organizations, in 17 rural counties in Tennessee, Virginia, and Kentucky. Features statistics including comparisons of SSB sales in this area before and after the campaign.
Author(s): Thomas A. Farley, Hayli S. Halper, Anne M. Carlin, et al.
Citation: American Journal of Public Health, 107(6), 989-995
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
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Implementing a Teen Pregnancy Prevention Program in Rural Kentucky
Describes efforts of 2 local health departments to implement a high school curriculum to help prevent teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases in a 13-county area of rural Kentucky.
Author(s): Rachel Shapiro, Robert G. Wood
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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Adapting an Evidence-based Curriculum in a Rural Setting: The Early Impacts of "Reducing the Risk" in Kentucky
Reports on the short-term impacts of a comprehensive sex education and teen pregnancy prevention program provided at rural high schools in Kentucky.
Author(s): Brian Goesling, Robert G. Wood, Joanne Lee, Susan Zief
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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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 8 states with significant rural populations, and examines ADE rates based on hospital characteristics and across 4 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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Heroin, Methamphetamine Use and Prescription Drug Abuse in Kentucky
Results of the 2016 survey from the Kentucky Health Issues Poll concerning the impact of drug abuse on respondents' family and friends. Includes breakdowns by rural, urban, and suburban counties.
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Foundation for a Healthy Kentucky, Interact for Health
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An Approach to Developing Local Climate Change Environmental Public Health Indicators in a Rural District
Explores climate and environmental public health indicators for a seven-county public health department in western Kentucky. Identifies public health hazards and vulnerability indicators and features statistics on percentages of population living in rural areas of the counties studied.
Author(s): Adele Houghton, Jessica Austin, Abby Beerman, Clayton Horton
Citation: Journal of Environmental and Public Health, 2017, 3407325
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
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Residing in Economically Distressed Rural Appalachia is Independently Associated with Excess Body Weight in College Students
Results of a study comparing body weights and obesity risks of college students aged 18-25 years, 55 of whom who were lifelong residents of rural Eastern Appalachian Kentucky and 54 from urban central Kentucky. Features statistics including age, education, gender, race or ethnicity, insurance status, household income, and health behaviors, with breakdowns by rural or urban status.
Author(s): Demetrius Abshire, Terry Lennie, Gia Mudd-Martin, Debra Moser
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 17(1), 3984
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
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