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Resources by Topic: African Americans

Advancing Health Equity Through Community Health Workers and Peer Providers: Mounting Evidence and Policy Recommendations
Reviews the results from nine studies funded by the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) supporting the inclusion of community health workers (CHWs) and peer providers (PPs) as effective participants in addressing health and healthcare inequities particularly for diverse communities. Each study presented focuses on a distinct function of utilizing CHWs and/or PPS such as mentoring, managing chronic conditions, and navigator support for serious mental illness and depression. Discusses why payers and providers should include CHWs and PPS in a variety of capacities to improve outcomes, add value to care, and control costs.
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Families USA
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Reported Importance and Access to Health Care Providers Who Understand or Share Cultural Characteristics With Their Patients Among Adults, by Race and Ethnicity
Examines the importance and frequency of seeing culturally competent health care providers among U.S. adults, with data by race and ethnicity. Includes metropolitan and nonmetro data for Hispanic, non-Hispanic white, non-Hispanic black, and other non-Hispanic adults.
Author(s): Emily P. Terlizzi, Eric M. Connor, Carla E. Zelaya, et al.
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Effective Communication and Consistency in Increasing Rural Vaccination Rates
Discusses barriers to vaccination in rural areas and strategies to improve vaccination rates. Features efforts in a Louisiana Rural Health Clinic (RHC) and in rural Kentucky high schools that are increasing vaccination rates.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Characteristics of Inpatient Hospital Stays Involving Sickle Cell Disease, 2000–2016
Examines inpatient stays among patients with sickle cell disease (SCD), with trends by patient age from 2000-2016. Also reports on characteristics of inpatient stays in 2016, including data on the location of patient residence for metropolitan, rural metro-adjacent, and rural remote areas. Includes data by patient location for black patients with SCD-related stays compared to black U.S. residents as a whole. Also reports on SCD-related stays by hospital location for metropolitan, rural metro-adjacent, and rural remote areas.
Author(s): Kathryn R. Fingar, Pamela L. Owens, Lawrence D. Reid, et al.
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Have Healthy People 2020 Benchmarks for Leading Causes of Death Been Met in Rural and Urban Areas?
Presentation slides from an August 20, 2019 webinar, with analysis of death rates for 7 major causes of death, in light of Healthy People 2020 benchmarks. Features mortality statistics from 2007-2017 for diabetes, heart disease, suicide, cancer, stroke, unintentional injury, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, with breakdowns by gender, race, and region, with 6 levels of population density.
Author(s): Alva O. Ferdinand, Timothy Callaghan, Marvellous Akinlotan, Kristie Primm
Date: 08/2019
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organizations: Southwest Rural Health Research Center, Texas A&M Health Science Center
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Social Determinants of Health among the Rural African American Population
Policy brief examining health disparities between African American and white rural people. First in a series of 4 policy briefs on social determinants of health. Features demographic statistics with breakdowns by race and urban or rural location, and age-adjusted mortality rates by gender and residence as of 2016.
Author(s): Janice C. Probst, Fozia Ajmal
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center
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Rural Population Gains Among Native Americans and Hispanics Have Offset Population Losses Among Whites and Blacks
Bar chart showing rural population change from 2012 through 2017 overall and by race/ethnicity.
Date: 07/2019
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Diagnoses of HIV Infection Among Adults and Adolescents in Metropolitan Statistical Areas-United States and Puerto Rico, 2017
Presents data on HIV infection diagnoses in 2017 and the prevalence of adults and adolescents living with diagnosed HIV infection at year-end 2016 residing in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in the U.S. 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: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Sickle Cell Data Collection Program Brief: Births in Georgia, 2004-2016
Policy brief intended to inform decision-makers how gaps in diagnosis, treatment, and access to care for patients with sickle cell disease (SCD) can be addressed through policy changes, improved healthcare, and education. Features statistics on SCD births in Georgia from 2004-2016 and includes a Georgia map showing numbers of SCD births by county of residence from 2004-2016.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Georgia Health Policy Center
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Racial and Ethnic Minorities Made Up 22 Percent of the Rural Population in 2017 Compared to 42 Percent in Urban Areas
Two side-by-side pie charts showing the racial/ethnic composition of the rural population compared to the urban population in 2017. Categories listed are American Indian, Black, Hispanic, White, and other.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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