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Resources by Topic: African Americans

Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities Among Rural Adults — United States, 2012-2015
Reports on racial/ethnic health disparities among rural residents. Includes data by race/ethnicity for health-related quality of life, healthcare access and use, chronic health conditions, and health-related behaviors. Based on data from the 2012–2015 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System.
Author(s): Cara V. James, Ramal Moonesinghe, Shondelle M. Wilson-Frederick, et al.
Location: MMWR Surveillance Summaries, 66(23), 1-9
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Discrimination in America: Experiences and Views of African Americans
Examines African Americans' personal experiences of discrimination across several areas of daily life, based on a national survey conducted between January and April, 2017. Areas of discussion include interactions with police, applying to jobs or being promoted at work, applying to or attending college, going to a doctor or health clinic, and more. Also examines perceived differences in discrimination between rural and urban areas, and whether individual or institutional discrimination is more prevalent.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Improving Health in the Mississippi Delta through Powerful Engagement
Describes the financial, educational, and healthcare challenges residents of the Mississippi Delta face. Discusses the Fannie Lou Hamer Cancer Foundation, a cancer awareness and prevention program working in rural, African American communities to create a network focused on education, outreach, and advocacy related to cancer.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
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Poverty Rates by Race/Ethnicity and Metro/Nonmetro Residence, 2016
Bar chart comparing metropolitan and nonmetro poverty levels for whites, African Americans, American Indian/Alaska Natives, and Hispanic populations.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Child Poverty by Race/Ethnicity and Metro/Nonmetro Residence, 2016
Bar chart comparing metropolitan and nonmetro child poverty levels for whites, African Americans, American Indian/Alaska Natives, and Hispanic populations.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Longitudinal Analysis of Nut-Inclusive Diets and Body Mass Index Among Overweight and Obese African American Women Living in Rural Alabama and Mississippi, 2011-2013
Results of a weight loss intervention among 383 overweight women in 8 rural counties, comparing intake of nuts and other obesity-related foods with body mass index (BMI), over a 24-month period. Features statistics including income, education, and rates of consumption of various foods.
Author(s): Samara R. Sterling, Brenda Bertrand, Suzanne Judd, et al.
Location: Preventing Chronic Disease, 14
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
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Diabetes Mortality in Rural America: 1999-2015
Examines diabetes-related mortality, with a particular focus on the roles of rurality and race, during a 16-year period from 1999-2015.
Author(s): Timothy H. Callaghan, Samuel D. Towne Jr., Jane Bolin, Alva O. Ferdinand
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Southwest Rural Health Research Center
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Diagnosed HIV Infection among Adults and Adolescents in Metropolitan Statistical Areas - United States and Puerto Rico, 2015
Presents data on HIV infection diagnoses in 2015 and the prevalence of adults and adolescents living with diagnosed HIV infection at year-end 2014 residing in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in the United States and Puerto Rico. Nonmetropolitan data is included at the end of each table, after all the Metropolitan Statistical Areas are listed. Nonmetro data is available on HIV infection diagnoses in adults and adolescents by sex, sex and age, sex and race/ethnicity, sex and transmission category, and race/ethnicity and transmission category. Also includes mortality data by sex for nonmetropolitan areas.
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Assessing Diabetes and Factors Associated with Foregoing Medical Care among Persons with Diabetes: Disparities Facing American Indian/Alaska Native, Black, Hispanic, Low Income, and Southern Adults in the U.S. (2011-2015)
Identifies trends in care of and prevalence of diabetes in terms of socioeconomic and demographic characteristics, and explores individual and community factors related to diabetes and diabetics' unmet medical needs. Features statistics on percentages of adults diagnosed with diabetes from 2011-2015 and distribution of diabetes and foregone medical care, with breakdowns including race or ethnicity, income, and levels of rurality.
Author(s): Samuel D. Towne, Jr., Jane Bolin, Alva Ferdinand, et al.
Location: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(5), 464
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
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Tuberculosis And Rural Health Care In America
Episode of WBUR's On Point radio program, featuring discussion of a tuberculosis outbreak in rural Perry county, Alabama. Describes attempts to screen and treat low-income patients, despite many residents' mistrust of the medical profession. Panelists include the author of a recent Harper's Magazine article about tuberculosis in the Black Belt, a Perry County doctor, a University of Alabama professor of rural medicine, and a healthcare reporter from the Los Angeles Times.
Date: 05/2017
Type: Audio
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