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Resources by Topic: Chronic respiratory conditions

The Rural COPD Podcast: Episode 3
Third podcast in a 6-part series about rural chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Features Dr. Dan Doyle, physician for 2 Federally Qualified Community Health Centers (FQHC) in West Virginia and Director of a Black Lung Clinic and a pulmonary rehabilitation project. Addresses how he came to the position, statistics on COPD, improving early diagnosis, best practices for COPD screening and treatment, recommendations for healthcare facilities and individual providers, the COPD National Action Plan, and more.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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The Rural COPD Podcast: Episode 2
Second podcast in a 6-part series about rural chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Features Dr. Paul Moore, a former hospital administrator and rural pharmacist now serving as Senior Health Policy Advisor for the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP). Addresses rural hospital administration turnover, leadership, the prevalence of COPD and what is known about it, its impact on rural areas, workforce issues affecting pulmonary rehab access, and more.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Rural Residence and Poverty Are Independent Risk Factors for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in the United States
Uses data from the National Health Interview Survey 2012–2015 to determine whether urban–rural status, poverty, and other individual- or community-level factors are associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) prevalence in the United States. Compares COPD predictors among current or past smokers and individuals who have never smoked.
Author(s): Sarath Raju, Corinne Keet, Laura Paulin, et al.
Citation: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, 199(8), 961-969
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
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The Rural COPD Podcast: Episode 1
First podcast in a 6-part series about rural chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Features Grace Anne Dorney Koppel regarding the prevalence of rural COPD, the challenges of treating it in rural communities, her work as President of the Dorney Koppel Foundation, her personal experiences with COPD, and more.
Date: 04/2019
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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Addressing the Burden of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) in Rural America from the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services
Webinar recording discussing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in rural areas. Features presentations from representatives of the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the University of North Carolina's School of Public Health, and the Dorney-Koppel Foundation.
Additional links: Audio Recording, PowerPoint Handout, Webinar Transcript
Date: 03/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Healthcare Professionals' Views of Palliative Care for American War Veterans with Non-malignant Respiratory Disease Living in a Rural Area: A Qualitative Study
Discussed the views of healthcare professionals on palliative care for rural veterans with chronic lung diseases in Idaho. Highlights the providers' perception of veterans' understanding of the disease and it's progression, as well as barriers to palliative care services.
Author(s): Clare Mc Veigh, Joanne Reid, Paula Carvalho
Citation: BMC Palliative Care, 18, 22
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
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Rural Patients with Chronic Disease: A Nonprofit Organization and a Health Department Leverage Federal Funding to Provide Health Education and Care Coordination
Features rural Alabama and North Carolina organizations that are using Federal Office of Rural Health Policy grants to improve health outcomes for patients with chronic disease through remote patient monitoring, health education, and network development.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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COPD and Rural Health: A Dialogue on the National Action Plan
Summarizes workshop discussions between rural health and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) stakeholders regarding the implementation of the COPD National Action Plan (CNAP) in rural settings.
Author(s): Paul Moore, Graham T. Atkins, Stephanie Cramb, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 35(4), 424-428
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
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Understanding the Many Roles of COPD Foundation State Captains: Q&A with John Linnell
An interview with John Linnell, a rural COPD Foundation State Captain, who talks about COPD and how he and other Captains can be partners in efforts to impact the disease.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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The Black Lung Program, the Black Lung Disability Trust Fund, and the Excise Tax on Coal: Background and Policy Options
Information on black lung disease and benefits under the federal black lung program. Examines Black Lung Disability Trust Fund revenues, including coal excise tax, and discusses policy options that could improve the fiscal outlook of the Trust Fund. Features statistics including black lung benefit costs, number of beneficiaries, coal excise tax collections, and Trust Fund debt, with breakdowns by year.
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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