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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Economics and the economy

Making Connections Rural Health Series
Describes multiple components influencing rural health, including: access to care, the built and natural environment, education, health insurance, technology, rural economics, and system perspectives. Supplements the Understanding the Rural Landscape Learning Module. Focuses on addressing challenges rural communities faces with innovative solutions.
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Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Georgia Health Policy Center
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2018 Annual Report of the Boards of Trustees of the Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds
Report detailing the current state of the Medicare Hospital Insurance (HI) and Supplemental Medical Insurance (SMI) Trust Funds. Discusses Medicare expenditures as a percentage of Gross Domestic Product (GDP), and makes short and long-range sustainability projections based on variable economic, demographic, and healthcare trends. Also explains the actuarial methods used to calculate the estimates. Includes information on Medicare amendments since the 2017 report, including some that impact rural providers and beneficiaries.
Additional links: 2018 Expanded and Supplementary Tables and Figures (ZIP file)
Author(s): Boards of Trustees, Federal Hospital Insurance and Federal Supplementary Medical Insurance Trust Funds
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
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The Geographic Variation in the Cost of the Opioid Crisis
Presents a study on the economic costs of the opioid crisis across the nation. Features state-by-state and county-level data on the monetary burden of opioid abuse on communities.
Author(s): Alex Brill, Scott Ganz
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Enterprise Institute
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Integrating Economic Resilience in Performance-based Transportation Planning
Details a report on community transportation planning based on economic performance. Discusses measures to factor in the demands of local economies and community wealth creation into transportation planning. Features several rural examples.
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Development Organizations
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The Opioid Epidemic in Appalachia: Addressing Hurdles to Economic Development in the Region
Recording presents the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management hearing on the opioid epidemic in Appalachia. Includes testimonies from representative of the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Center for Rural Pennsylvania, Operation UNITE, and the Drug Enforcement Agency.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Economic Development, Public Buildings, and Emergency Management
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The Appalachia Initiative: A Bipartisan Approach for the 21st Century
Reports on the current challenges facing Appalachia. Breaks down data by education and workforce, entrepreneurism and job creation, energy and infrastructure, and rural health. Looks specifically at mortality rates, obesity and diabetes prevalence, and drug overdose death rates.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bipartisan Policy Center
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Economic Contributions of Oregon’s Community Hospitals
Reports results from a study conducted to measure the statewide economic impact of Oregon's acute care hospitals. Examines economic impacts by type, including direct, indirect, induced, and secondary, and reports on the following measures: jobs, output, gross state product (GSP), and state and local taxes/fees. Also shows the hospital sector's economic contribution by county.
Date: 02/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
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Involuntary Part-Time Employment: A Slow and Uneven Economic Recovery
Examines trends in involuntary part-time employment from 2000 through 2015. Includes data for rural men and rural women, compared to the overall population. Also compares rural and urban involuntary part-time work for those below the poverty line before, during, and after the recession.
Author(s): Rebecca Glauber
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Using the ERS County Economic Types To Explore Demographic and Economic Trends in Rural Areas
Discusses six types of counties based on economic industry dependence: farming, mining, manufacturing, federal/state government, recreation, and nonspecialized counties. Describes how these county types can be used to better understand variation in demographic and economic trends in rural areas. Uses the county economic types to examine population, income, and poverty trends.
Author(s): Lorin Kusmin
Citation: Amber Waves
Date: 12/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Vulnerable Rural Counties: The Changing Rural Landscape, 2000-2010
Examined how rural counties were impacted by the 2008 recession, specifically focused on an increase in poverty levels, shifts in population, and loss or reduction of healthcare services and facilities. Includes county-by-county maps with data such as poverty and unemployment rates, elderly population, educational level, non-white population, health insurance coverage, availability of primary care and other specialties, and change in number of hospitals and other healthcare facilities. Appendices include tables comparing urban and rural/remote county statistics.
Additional links: Fact Sheet
Author(s): Kevin J. Bennett, Yu-Hsiu Lin, Matthew Yuen, Deshia Leonhirth, Janice C. Probst
Date: 07/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
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