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Rural Residents Lag in Preventive Services Use; Lag Increases with Service Complexity
Describes preventive service utilization rates among rural adults and explores the factors that contribute to utilization disparities. Compares utilization rates for the following preventive services: routine physical exams, cervical cancer screening, breast cancer screening, colorectal cancer screening, and adult immunizations. Provides breakdowns by race/ethnicity and rural, urban, and remote areas.
Date: 06/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center)
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Medicaid: Source of Screening Affects Women's Eligibility for Coverage of Breast and Cervical Cancer Treatment in Some States
Examines data on women screened for breast or cervical cancer through the Early Detection Program, how states have implemented the Treatment Act, and related data on Medicaid enrollment and spending. Contains several case studies, including one addressing rural access to early detection programs and treatment resources for breast and cervical cancer.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 05/2009
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Trends in Cervical and Breast Cancer Screening Practices Among Women in Rural and Urban Areas of the United States
Examines prevalence of and trends in mammography and Pap smear screening among adults living in rural and urban locations. Includes data by race, age, education, and income.
Additional links: Policy Brief
Author(s): Mark P. Doescher, J. Elizabeth Jackson
Date: 08/2008
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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Health Disparities: A Rural-Urban Chartbook
Presents data on health disparities experienced by people living in rural America. Includes national and state-level data on health status, health behaviors, healthcare access, preventive care, and diabetes care.
Additional links: Fact Sheet: Health Disparities: A Rural-Urban Chartbook, Fact Sheet: Progress in Women's Cancer Screening, But Colon Cancer Lags, Fact Sheet: Rural Minorities Lag on Flu, Pneumonia Immunization
Author(s): Kevin J. Bennett, Bankole Olatosi, Janice C. Probst
Date: 06/2008
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center)
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Access to Cancer Services for Rural Colorectal Cancer Patients
Brief overview of findings from a study to determine how far rural and urban colorectal cancer (CRC) patients travel to three types of specialty cancer care services: surgery, medical oncology consultation, and radiation oncology consultation.
Date: 10/2007
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: WWAMI Rural Health Research Center
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Health Disparities Experienced by American Indians and Alaska Natives
Thematic issue focused on American Indian/Alaska Native health disparities related to diabetes, cancer, bronchiolitis, injury mortality, and vaccination rates.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 52(30)
Date: 08/2003
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Rural Healthy People 2010
A three-volume publication that focuses on the top rural health concerns and objectives associated with the Healthy People 2010 focus areas. Volume 1 contains brief overviews of the top ten rural health priority areas, as well as associated models for practice. Volume 2 contains in-depth literature reviews for each of the top rural health priority areas. Volume 3 addresses additional focus areas, with overviews, literature reviews, and accompanying models for practice.
Additional links: Volume 1, Volume 2, Volume 3
Date: 2003
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Southwest Rural Health Research Center
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Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening Among Tribal Members During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Case study on the Three Fires Cancer Consortium, a training and support program focused on promoting colorectal cancer screening and reducing disparities in tribal communities in Michigan. Includes discussion of patient navigation, cultural appropriateness, and more.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Cancer in Rural America as a Public Health Issue
Provides a brief overview of cancer in rural areas, along with relevant CDC resources and reports.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Trends in Human Papillomavirus (HPV)-Associated Cancers, Arkansas, 2001-2018
Offers comparison of Human Papillomavirus (HPV) related cancers trends in Arkansas with national trends. Includes county-level data for incidence and vaccination.
Author(s): Mallory Jayroe
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: Arkansas Department of Health
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