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Facing Disproportionate Danger, Rural Communities Take a Grassroots Approach to Road Safety
Discusses rural traffic risks. Features programs in rural communities focused on seat belt use, car seat safety, and addressing impaired and distracted driving.
Author(s): Gretel Kauffman
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Acceptability and Feasibility of a Mobile Behavioral Economic Health Intervention to Reduce Alcohol Use in Adults in Rural Areas
Presents results of a remotely-delivered alcohol use reduction pilot program focused on promoting use of behavioral economic strategies and participation in alternative activities among 75 rural people with at-risk alcohol use. Discusses the viability of service delivery via mobile phones and other internet-enabled devices to rural and remote areas.
Author(s): Natalie D. Bayrakdarian, Erin E. Bonar, Isabelle Duguid, et al.
Citation: Drug and Alcohol Dependence Reports, 100225
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
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The Suicide Epidemic in Rural Minnesota: How We Got Here and How We Move Forward
Provides information on the yearly increase of suicides and deaths of despair in Minnesota, with data broken down by sex, region, and rurality. Discusses factors that impact suicide rates in rural areas, with a focus on rural and indigenous cultures, farming, stigma, firearm access, and more.
Author(s): Marnie Werner, Tracie Rutherford Self
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Center for Rural Behavioral Health, Center for Rural Policy and Development
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Cancer in Iowa - 2024
Provides county-level data on cancer cases, deaths, and survivors in Iowa. Highlights information on cancer surveillance and care in Iowa, data on specific types of cancer, and risk factors for cancer, with a focus on the connection between cancer and alcohol use.
Additional links: Press Briefing
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Iowa Cancer Registry, Iowa College of Public Health
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The Association of Alcohol Use and Heavy Drinking With Subsequent Handgun Carrying Among Youth From Rural Areas
Presents a study on the correlation between alcohol use and handgun carrying among rural youth. Examines past alcohol use by rural youth and young adults aged 12-26 on a scale of never used, used but not heavily, or used heavily. Breaks down data by participant characteristics, such as rebelliousness, family conflict, and education, among other factors.
Author(s): Alice M. Ellyson, Julia P. Schleimer, Kimberly Dalve, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 40(1), 181–191
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
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Medicaid Coverage of Medications to Reverse Opioid Overdose and Treat Alcohol and Opioid Use Disorders
Report discusses access to medications for treating alcohol use disorder (AUD) and opioid use disorder (OUD) via Medicaid. Highlights policies and regulations that effect access and details Medicaid coverage in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, the U.S Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico. Features a discussion about rural access.
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Telehealth and Delivery of Alcohol Use Disorder Treatment in the Veterans Health Administration
Evaluated 138,619 Veterans Health Administration patients receiving alcohol use disorder treatment between March 2020 and February 2021 to determine characteristics associated with telehealth use during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlights rurality as one characteristics impacting telehealth modality and access in addition to other characteristics.
Author(s): Ponni V. Perumalswami, Megan A. Adams, Madeline C. Frost, et al.
Citation: Alcohol Clinical & Experimental Research, 2024
Date: 2024
Type: Document
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Substance Use Among Rural Adolescents With Incarcerated Parents: Evidence From a State-Wide Sample
Presents a study on the potential correlation between parental incarceration and rural adolescent substance use. Draws data from the 2019 Minnesota Student Survey and breaks down findings by age, household substance use, and poverty, among other factors.
Author(s): Luke Muentner, Katie K. McLaughlin, Rebecca Shlafer
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 40(2), 338-347
Date: 11/2023
Type: Document
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Traffic Safety Facts, 2021 Data: Rural/Urban Comparison of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities
Reports 2021 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data describing fatal motor vehicle crashes. Provides rural versus urban statistics for fatal motor vehicle crashes by light condition, age group, speeding, alcohol use, seat belt use, and rollover crashes.
Date: 08/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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Appalachian Diseases of Despair
Provides information on Appalachian mortality disparities due to overdose, suicide, and alcoholic liver disease/cirrhosis among people ages 15-64. Utilizes data from the 2021 Multiple Cause of Death database broken down by Appalachian state, region, gender, and metropolitan or nonmetropolitan status.
Date: 07/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Appalachian Regional Commission, East Tennessee State University Center for Rural Health Research, NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
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