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Resources by Topic: Black or African American

Housing Quality by Disability, Race, Ethnicity, and Rural-Urban Location: Findings from the American Community Survey
Policy brief examining the rates of dwellings with incomplete plumbing and incomplete kitchen facilities. Includes statistics with breakdowns by rural-urban location, racial/ethnic identity, and disability status.
Author(s): Alexis Swendener, Madeleine Pick, Megan Lahr, Hawking Yam, Carrie Henning-Smith
Date: 07/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Rural Health on Life Support
Podcast episode discussing the effects of policy on rural maternal health outcomes and access to maternity care services. Covers racial and ethnic disparities in severe maternal morbidity and mortality and the role of state policies, including Medicaid policies, on maternal and infant health.
Date: 06/2023
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: Impact! Communications, Inc.
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How a Black Community Brought Affordable Health Care and Clean Water to Rural South Carolina in the 1970s
Reports on a predominately Black rural community in South Carolina that worked together to provide indoor plumbing, build a health center, and improve health outcomes of their citizens in the 1970s.
Author(s): Olivia Lewis
Date: 06/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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Expansion of Telehealth Availability for Mental Health Care After State-Level Policy Changes From 2019 to 2022
Explores mental health access associated with state-level telehealth policy changes due to COVID-19. Highlights disparities in mental health via telehealth access before and after COVID-related policy changes and details access rates in counties based on race and rurality, among other measures.
Author(s): Ryan K. McBain, Megan S. Schuler, Nabeel Qureshi, et al.
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 6(6), e2318045
Date: 06/2023
Type: Document
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The Association Between Social Functioning and Health Literacy Among Rural Southeastern African Americans with Hypertension
Analyzes how the relationship between social support and health literacy may mitigate health outcomes in African American populations in rural Southeastern USA. Utilizes data from the Southeastern Collaboration to Improve Blood Pressure Control trial to examine social isolation and health literacy in 1,221 individuals, with data further broken down by age, sex, education, income, cognition impairments, marriage status, and study site.
Author(s): Iliana Gutierrez, Joanna Bryan, Elizabeth Baquero, Monika M. Safford
Citation: Health Promotion International, 38
Date: 05/2023
Type: Document
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Photovoice Reveals Residents' Concerns for Air and Water Quality in Industry-Impacted Rural Community
Provides results of utilizing the photovoice method to assess how a predominantly Black community in rural North Carolina perceives their health-related quality of life (HRQoL). Discusses issues such as environmental justice, the impact of landfill and confined animal feeding operations (CAFOs) on population health, and the benefits of using photovoice to research environmental health in underserved areas.
Author(s): Shelby M. Rimmler, Sarah Shaughnessy, Ellis Tatum, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20(9), 5656
Date: 05/2023
Type: Document
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Map the Meal Gap 2023: A Report on County and Congressional District Food Insecurity and County Food Cost in the United States in 2021
Provides information on food insecurity in the United States with a focus on how race and ethnicity impacts access to food. Includes county-level U.S. maps that show food insecurity by race and ethnicity as well as impacts for children and the overall U.S. population. Includes discussions about food insecurity in rural counties.
Additional links: Technical Appendix
Author(s): Monica Hake, Emily Engelhard, Adam Dewey
Date: 05/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Feeding America
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Illinois County Cancer Statistics Review Incidence, 2016-2020
Uses data from the Illinois Department of Public Health, Illinois State Cancer Registry to provide cancer incidence rates from 2016-2020 for individual counties in Illinois. Includes data and statistics broken down by sex, race, ethnicity, and cancer site.
Author(s): Kyle Garner, Jane Fornoff
Date: 04/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Illinois Department of Public Health
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Association of Rurality and Identifying as Black with Receipt of Specialty Care Among Patients Hospitalized with a Diabetic Foot Ulcer: A Medicare Cohort Study
Examines if rural, Black patients with diabetes receive specialty care at the same rate as the larger, aggregated population of diabetes patients. Analyzes 124,487 Medicare beneficiaries hospitalized with diabetic foot ulcers from 2013 to 2014. Includes data broken down by rural versus urban, race/ethnicity, and characteristics and severity of disease.
Author(s): Lindsay Taylor, Ronald Gangnon, W Ryan Powell, et al.
Citation: BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care, 11(2), e003185
Date: 04/2023
Type: Document
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Disparities in Health and Health Care: 5 Key Questions and Answers
Defines health and healthcare disparities and discusses the social and economic inequities that drive them. Provides details on the current status of health disparities in the U.S. including rural, the importance of addressing them, and what the federal government is doing to alleviate health disparities. Identifies related issues to be addressed in the future.
Author(s): Nambi Ndugga, Samantha Artiga
Date: 04/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: KFF
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