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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Economics and the economy

Views of Rural US Adults About Health and Economic Concerns
Results of phone surveys of 1705 rural adults, conducted in 2018 and 2019. Explores their views on the most important problems facing their communities, including healthcare access and costs, suicide, and opioid or other drug abuse.
Author(s): Mary G. Findling, Robert J. Blendon, John M. Benson, Justin M. Sayde, Carolyn E. Miller
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 3(1)
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
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Rural Development Hubs: Strengthening America's Rural Innovation Infrastructure
Looks at the role rural development hubs play in rural infrastructure development. Discusses healthcare access and population health as beneficiaries of rural infrastructure development.
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: The Aspen Institute Community Strategies Group
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Rural America at a Glance, 2019 Edition
Provides an overview of social and economic factors affecting rural America, with a focus on trends impacting rural areas after the end of the 2009 recession. Includes data on population, employment and labor force participation, poverty, and income.
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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The United States Prosperity Index 2019
Assesses the economic, institutional, and social aspects of prosperity across the United States over the past decade. Features state-by-state breakdown of prosperity increases and decreases. Examines 11 pillars of prosperity, made up of 48 different elements, measured by over 200 state-level indicators. Includes rural broadband access information for some states.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 07/2019
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Legatum Institute
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The State of Rural Wisconsin Health
Presentation slides highlight the state of rural health in Wisconsin. Explores Wisconsin's rural economy, job growth, and workforce challenges, among other factors.
Author(s): Tim Size
Date: 06/2019
Type: Presentation Slides
Sponsoring organization: Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative
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County Economic Status in Appalachia, FY 2020
Map showing levels of economic distress in Appalachian counties based on unemployment rates, income, and poverty levels. Includes interactive map, downloadable map and data files, and data report linked on the right side of the map.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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Economic Contributions of Oregon's Community Hospitals
Examines the economic impact of members of the Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems. Includes a section on rural member hospitals and compares growth in rural healthcare employment to other sectors for 2004-2016.
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oregon Association of Hospitals and Health Systems
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SNAP Redemptions Contributed to Employment During the Great Recession
Discusses rural and urban Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) participation and benefits paid during the Great Recession due to poverty and unemployment, particularly in high-poverty rural regions. Includes a map showing per capita SNAP redemptions by county for 2010. Examines the impact of SNAP redemptions on county employment during the recession for rural and urban counties.
Author(s): John Pender, Young Jo
Citation: Amber Waves
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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The Impacts of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Redemptions on County-Level Employment
Examines the impact of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) redemptions on employment for nonmetropolitan and metropolitan counties for 2001-2014. Discusses differences before, during, and after the Great Recession. Includes a map showing per capita SNAP redemptions by county for 2010.
Additional links: Report Summary
Author(s): John Pender, Young Jo, Jessica E. Todd, Cristina Miller
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Life in Rural America: Part II
Highlights the results of a survey of quality of life, safety, and health for rural adults in the U.S. Survey inquires into the experiences of rural adults in the areas of health, access to healthy food, and social, civic, and economic well-being.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 05/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, NPR, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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