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Resources by Topic: Chronic respiratory conditions

COPD & Rural Health: A Dialogue on the National Action Plan
Video of rural health experts discussing the challenges, opportunities, and resources related to the COPD National Action Plan's 5 goals. Presentations feature data including county-level maps on prevalence of COPD and death rates.
Additional links: Agenda, Presentations
Date: 03/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health
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Education, Income, and Employment and Prevalence of Chronic Disease Among American Indian/Alaska Native Elders
Results of a study measuring the effects of income, employment status, and education level on the rates of chronic disease among 14,632 American Indian or Alaska Native elders from 2011-2014. Features demographics with breakdowns by 10 chronic diseases.
Author(s): Collette Adamsen, Shawnda Schroeder, Steven LeMire, Paula Carter
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 15
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
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Impact of Home Remediation and Household Education on Indoor Air Quality, Respiratory Visits and Symptoms in Alaska Native Children
Describes the results of an intervention in Alaska Native households with children 1 to 12 years of age with lung conditions that provided education and household indoor air quality remediation. Assesses the impact on indoor air quality, respiratory symptoms, and lower respiratory tract infection clinical visits.
Author(s): Rosalyn Singleton, Aaron J. Salkoski, Lisa Bulkow, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 77(1)
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
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Urban-Rural County and State Differences in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease — United States, 2015
Examines rural-urban chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) disparities. Compares age-adjusted COPD prevalence, Medicare hospitalizations for COPD, and mortality for rural, micropolitan, and metropolitan residents. Also includes state-level data on the percentage rural residents and age-adjusted estimates of selected COPD measures.
Author(s): Janet B. Croft, Anne G. Wheaton, Yong Liu, Fang Xu, Hua Lu, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 67(7), 205-211
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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New Mexico Mobile Screening Program for Miners Brings Care to the Patients
Highlights a New Mexico program that uses screenings, specialty care via telehealth, and collaboration to meet the healthcare needs of miners with occupational lung disease. Services are provided via a mobile screening clinic housed in a semi that goes to 12 locations in the state.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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NIEHS/EPA Children's Environmental Health and Disease Prevention Research Centers Impact Report
Highlights progress made toward reducing the impact of environmentally induced diseases on children. Includes examples of how exposure to pollutants in rural areas could make children's asthma worse or increase the chances of autism spectrum disorder in children of mothers exposed to pesticides during pregnancy.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Pulmonary Health in Rural America: Cause and Impact of Work-Related Lung Diseases
Provides an overview of occupational lung diseases that impact rural areas related to agriculture, mining, healthcare, and other industries. Discusses asthma, lung cancer, Black Lung, and other work-related lung diseases. Includes information on prevention strategies, and highlights a personal protective equipment (PPE) management program at a rural Wisconsin Critical Access Hospital.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Bringing Change for Rural COPD Patients: Possibilities with the COPD National Action Plan
Highlights the mounting costs of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the substantial impact the disease has on rural communities, and the growing divide between COPD-related rural and urban mortality rates. The recently released COPD National Action Plan (CNAP) is set to bring COPD into the spotlight as a national health concern, and rural America will likely play a major role.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Health Conditions and Behaviors of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Persons in the United States, 2014
Offers detailed statistics on health conditions and behaviors for the Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (NHPI) population and for multiple and single-race NHPI populations, with comparisons to other racial groups and to the U.S. population as a whole. Topics covered include general health status, specific health conditions, disabilities, body mass index, physical activity, and substance use.
Author(s): Adena M. Galinsky, Carla E. Zelaya, Catherine Simile, Patricia M. Barnes
Citation: Vital and Health Statistics, 3(40)
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Tuberculosis And Rural Health Care In America
Episode of WBUR's On Point radio program, featuring discussion of a tuberculosis outbreak in rural Perry county, Alabama. Describes attempts to screen and treat low-income patients, despite many residents' mistrust of the medical profession. Panelists include the author of a recent Harper's Magazine article about tuberculosis in the Black Belt, a Perry County doctor, a University of Alabama professor of rural medicine, and a healthcare reporter from the Los Angeles Times.
Date: 05/2017
Type: Audio
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