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Resources by Topic: Anabaptists

COVID-19 Outbreak in an Amish Community — Ohio, May 2020
Reports on a COVID-19 outbreak in a rural Ohio Amish community. Discusses access to testing, provision of culturally responsive health education messages, and collaboration among health department staff and community leaders to help overcome cultural barriers.
Author(s): Hammad Ali, Karthik Kondapally, Paran Pordell, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(45), 1671-1674
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Long-Term Exposure to Particulate Air Pollution and Brachial Artery Flow-Mediated Dilation in the Old Order Amish
Analyzes atmospheric particulate matter (PM) in a homogenous, rural Pennsylvanian population of Amish participants to assess endothelial dysfunction, which is associated with increased cardiovascular risk. Reports air pollution exposure estimates over a 12-month period.
Author(s): Shabnam Salimi, Jeff D. Yanosky, Dina Huang, et al.
Citation: Environmental Health, 19(50)
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
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Rural America Has a Maternal Mortality Problem. Midwives Might Help Solve It.
Highlights the role of certified professional midwives in providing access to maternal and newborn care using an example from an Amish area of Tennessee. Discusses differences in state policies and integration with local health systems. Includes a map identifying maternal mortality rates by state.
Author(s): April Simpson
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pew Charitable Trusts
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Health Needs Assessment of Five Pennsylvania Plain Populations
Offers the results of a health needs assessment for 5 Anabaptist Pennsylvania Plain communities compared with the general state population. Discusses prevalence of genetic diseases and mental health conditions, screenings and vaccinations, and general health outcomes. Provides data on demographics, nutrition, environmental health, and health conditions taken from household surveys conducted in 2014 and 2015 which were designed to represent Plain community views of modern medicine.
Author(s): Kirk Miller, Berwood Yost, Christina Abbott, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 16(13), 2378
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
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The Amish Have Decreased Asthma and Allergic Diseases Compared to Old Order Mennonites
Compares allergic disease prevalence among Wisconsin Amish to prevalence among Old Order Mennonites. Discusses the potential role of farm environmental factors in protecting against allergic diseases. Includes statistics and data on self- and doctor-reported prevalence of eczema, asthma, food allergies, or hay fever.
Author(s): Jamee C Tantoco, Jordan Elliott Bontrager, Qianqian Zhao, James DeLine, Christine M Seroogy
Citation: Annals of Allergy, Asthma & Immunology, 121(2), 252–253.e1
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
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Oral Health and Medical Conditions among Amish Children
Study of oral health among Amish children in Geauga County, Ohio. Data taken from a questionnaire completed by parents whose children received care at a mobile dental unit. Discusses oral health in relation to other health disparities for Amish children, including bleeding disorder and asthma.
Author(s): Masahiro Heima, Marc-Allen Harrison, Peter Milgrom
Citation: Journal of Clinical and Experimental Dentistry, 9(3), e338-e343
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
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Symptom Profiles and Illness Course among Anabaptist and Non-Anabaptist Adults with Major Mood Disorders
Study of major mood disorder symptom profiles for Amish and Mennonite clinical patients in Pennsylvania, Indiana, and Ohio. Compares 155 patient profiles to 155 non-Anabaptist study participants who were matched by sex, age, and diagnosis. Discusses rates of alcohol use disorder (AUD) and head injury in relation to major depressive episodes for both population groups.
Author(s): Kelly E. Gill, Stephanie A. Cardenas, Layla Kassem, Thomas G. Schulze, Francis J. McMahon
Citation: International Journal of Bipolar Disorders, 4, 21
Date: 10/2016
Type: Document
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Innate Immunity and Asthma Risk in Amish and Hutterite Farm Children
Compares asthma and allergy rates in two similar populations who use different farming practices, the Amish and the Hutterites. One group uses traditional farming practices and the other uses industrialized farming practices.
Author(s): Michelle Stein, Cara Hrusch, Justyna Gozdz, et al.
Citation: New England Journal of Medicine, 375, 411-421
Date: 08/2016
Type: Document
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Comparison of Coliform Contamination in Non-Municipal Waters Consumed by the Mennonite Versus the Non-Mennonite Rural Populations
Determines the risk of Escherichia coli exposure from consuming non-municipal water sources by Mennonite and non-Mennonite rural households. Includes Mennonite and non-Mennonite data by season, water quality, health risk, and contaminant level.
Author(s): Alok Ravindra Amraotkar, Charles William Hargis, Alexander C. Cambon, et al.
Citation: Environmental Health and Preventive Medicine, 20(5), 338-346
Date: 09/2015
Type: Document
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Do Sex Differences Exist in Rates of Falls and Fractures in Hutterite, Rural, and Nonrural Populations, Aged 20 to 66 Years?
Examines whether sex and rurality differences exist in fall and fracture rates among Hutterites, rural non-Hutterites, and urban non-Hutterites, based on data from the South Dakota Rural Bone Health Study. Includes information on population characteristics by gender and group, covering weight, height, grip strength, activity level, osteoarthritis, falls, and fractures.
Author(s): Lee Weidauer, Teresa Binkley, Tianna Beare, et al.
Citation: Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, 473(8), 2514-2520
Date: 08/2015
Type: Document
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