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Resources by State: Virginia

Bottled and Well Water Quality in a Small Central Appalachian Community: Household-Level Analysis of Enteric Pathogens, Inorganic Chemicals, and Health Outcomes in Rural Southwest Virginia
Results of a study to characterize and assess household-level water sources, water quality, and associated health outcomes in Central Appalachia. Uses data from surveys and water samples from 9 households in a small rural community without utility-supplied water in southwest Virginia.
Author(s): Leigh-Anne Krometis, Marc Edwards, Teresa Brown, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(14), 8610
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
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Farm Dinner Theater: Farmers Helping Farmers
Video highlighting a Cooperative Extension-led program where community members take part in dinner theater productions that focus on issues related to farm health.
Date: 07/2022
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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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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Rural Community Organizations Building Inclusive Environments for LGBTQ+ Residents
Highlights community-based organizations working to create more inclusive environments and programming for LGBTQ+ residents. Discusses the activities of organizations in Ohio, Virginia, and Washington supporting the improvement of LGBTQ+ health and quality of life.
Author(s): Mariana Tuttle, Robert Libal, Madeleine Pick, Carrie Henning-Smith
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Improving Access to LGBTQIA+-Friendly Care in Rural Areas
Highlights the work of the Pride of Rural Virginia and Rural TransECHO programs to provide healthcare access to LGBTQIA+ populations in rural areas across the U.S. Includes organizational overviews as well as challenges and opportunities when providing culturally sensitive healthcare.
Author(s): Mariana Tuttle, Maddy Pick, Robert Libal, Carrie Henning-Smith
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Focus on School-based Mental Health for Rural Central Virginia's Youth
Policy brief highlighting the increasing need for mental health care among the rural youth population of central Virginia and in the U.S. in general. Explores the effect that pandemic-related school shutdowns have had on youth mental health, and the stigma surrounding mental health care in rural areas. Features statistics on suicide rates per 100,000 population with breakdowns by sex and rural or urban location, and student to school psychologist ratios from 2019-2020 with breakdowns by state.
Author(s): Sety Abooali
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia State Office of Rural Health
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A Rural Community's Perspective on the Causes of and Solutions to the Opioid Crisis in Southern Virginia: A Qualitative Study
Results of a study to gain insight into the perceptions, knowledge, and experiences of members of a southern Virginia rural community affected by the opioid crisis, to inform the development of local strategies to address the problem. Examines barriers and facilitators to treatment programs and offers recommendations for targeting populations at risk.
Author(s): Angelina J. Hargrove, Carlin Rafie, Emily Zimmerman, Dawn E. Moser
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 22(2), 7152
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
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HPSA 101: Health Professional Shortage Areas Explained
Video describing Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), scoring calculations and factors affecting HPSA scores, National Health Service Corps loan repayments programs, and the role of the Virginia primary care office in identifying shortage areas in Virginia. Includes a brief history of HPSAs. Transcript available by clicking the 3 dots above the red Subscribe button.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health: Office of Health Equity
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Food Insecurity in Southwest Virginia
Policy brief exploring the intersectionality between food insecurity and socioeconomic status as well as COVID-19 impacts in Southwest Virginia (SWVA), a primarily-rural area with the highest food insecurity and lowest socioeconomic status in Virginia. Highlights the seriousness and complexity of food insecurity in SWVA and the need for future research. Features statistics comparing food insecurity rates and median household income in Grayson County and Loudoun County, and the relationship between labor force and unemployment rate between 2016-2022.
Author(s): Sety Abooali
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia State Office of Rural Health
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Virginia's Assisted Living Facility Administrator Workforce: 2022
An overview of the assisted living facility administrator (ALFA) workforce in Virginia based on data from the 2022 Assisted Living Facility Administrator Workforce Survey. Features statistics including the number of ALFAs in rural Virginia and how many grew up in rural areas.
Date: 04/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Department of Health Professions
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