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Resources by Topic: Chronic respiratory conditions

Mapping High Risk Areas for COVID-19
An interactive web-based mapping tool focused on identifying priority areas for the COVID-19 pandemic. Offers data on health conditions, demographics, and social determinants that may make a population more vulnerable to COVID-19. Also includes the location of hospitals. Users can upload their own COVID-19 patient profile data. Part of the HealthLandscape set of tools.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: American Academy of Family Physicians
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Estimated County-Level Prevalence of Selected Underlying Medical Conditions Associated with Increased Risk for Severe COVID-19 Illness — United States, 2018
Reports on the estimated number and proportion of people with certain underlying medical conditions that put them at risk for severe COVID-19. Provides county-level maps with data on adults with any of these conditions: chronic respiratory conditions, heart disease, diabetes, chronic kidney disease, or obesity. Also discusses the prevalence of underlying conditions in rural counties.
Author(s): Hilda Razzaghi, Yan Wang, Hua Lu, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(29), 945-950
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Trends in Pneumoconiosis Deaths — United States, 1999–2018
Examines deaths due to pneumoconioses, preventable occupational lung diseases caused by inhaling dust particles such as coal or mineral dust. Includes data by type of disease and by state, as well as data for the top industries and occupations associated with pneumoconiosis deaths, including mining.
Author(s): Jessica L. Bell, Jacek M. Mazurek
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(23), 693-698
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Mortality Among Persons with Both Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Aged ≥25 Years, by Industry and Occupation — United States, 1999–2016
Reports on deaths with both asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) as the underlying or contributing cause of death. Examines deaths by industry and occupation for men and women, with data by age for those 25-64 years old and 65 and older. Includes data on industries and occupations more common to rural areas, including agriculture, forestry, and mining.
Author(s): Katelynn E. Dodd, John Wood, Jacek M. Mazurek
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(22), 670-679
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Process of Identifying Measures and Data Elements for the HRSA School-Based Telehealth Network Grant Program
Research brief describing measures used for a Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) program designed to demonstrate how telehealth can expand access to and improve the quality of healthcare services offered in schools in rural, frontier, and underserved communities. Focuses on asthma, behavioral health, diabetes, healthy weight, and oral health. Features tables listing 27 measures and 40 data elements used for grantee evaluation.
Author(s): Marcia M. Ward, Kimberley Fox, Kimberly Merchant, et al.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Telehealth Research Center
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Caring for Miners During the Coronavirus Disease‐2019 (COVID‐19) Pandemic
Highlights the particular vulnerabilities of miners in the Southwestern U.S. to COVID-19. Discusses preexisting conditions, such as COPD, as well as issues related to access to care.
Author(s): Akshay Sood, Charles Pollard, Kyla Le Suer, Kevin Vlahovich, Jolene Walker
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
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Healthy People 2020 Progress for Leading Causes of Death in Rural and Urban America: A Chartbook
Provides a description of progress toward Health People 2020 benchmarks among racial and ethnic groups, men and women, and residents of the 4 United States census regions. Features statistics including deaths from heart disease, cancer, COPD, unintentional injury, stroke, diabetes, and suicide from 2007-2017, with breakdowns by 6 levels of population density.
Author(s): Timothy H. Callaghan, Alva O. Ferdinand, Marvellous Akinlotan, et al.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Southwest Rural Health Research Center
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Small Healthcare Provider Quality Improvement: Sourcebook, 2016-2019
Detailed descriptions of 32 rural quality improvement initiatives funded through the Small Health Care Provider Quality Improvement grant program during the 2016-2019 grant period. Initiatives focused on enhancing chronic disease management, increasing patient and caregiver engagement, improving quality of care, and better health outcomes.
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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Assessing Health and Safety Concerns and Psychological Stressors among Agricultural Workers in the U.S. Midwest
Results of a 2018 study of 540 farmers in Iowa, Ohio, Missouri, Minnesota, and Nebraska, identifying agricultural work stressors including chemical and equipment safety, finances, and health concerns such as hearing loss, respiratory problems, depression, and acute illnesses. Examines differences between mail and in-person survey modes, and compares their effectiveness in promoting farm workers' willingness to participate in the surveys. Features demographics and statistics on the types of stress experienced.
Author(s): Kanika Arora, Marsha Cheyney, Fredric Gerr, et al.
Citation: Journal of Agricultural Safety and Health, 26(1), 45-58
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
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Faces of Black Lung II
Informational video describing the recent increase in cases of black lung disease, especially among younger miners in central Appalachia. Includes testimonials from former miners who suffer from black lung, and commentary by experts. Intended to increase awareness and to promote participation in the Coal Workers' Health Surveillance Program, which provides screenings to diagnose black lung as quickly as possible.
Author(s): Anita L. Wolfe
Date: 01/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health
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