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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Educational attainment

Growth and Persistence of Place-Based Mortality in the United States: The Rural Mortality Penalty
Examines CDC online epidemiologic research data from 1970 to 2016 for urban and rural county mortality trends. Uses U.S. Census data and Bureau of Economic Analysis data to investigate the effects of rurality, education, poverty, income, and race on mortality.
Author(s): Arthur G. Cosby, M. Maya McDoom-Echebiri, Wesley James, et al.
Citation: American Journal of Public Health, 109(1), 155–162
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
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High School Graduates for Nonmetropolitan Counties
Printable map that shows the percent of population attaining at least a high school graduate education or equivalent by county. Data source: U.S. Census Bureau, 2014-2018 ACS 5-year estimates.
Date: 2019
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Rural Residents with Higher Educational Attainment Were More Likely to Engage in Telehealth Activities
Bar chart showing 2015 data on the use of telehealth for health monitoring, health maintenance, and health research by education level for rural residents.
Date: 11/2018
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Rural Education Levels Are Increasing, but Still Lag Behind Urban Areas
Bar chart comparing rural and urban education levels for adults aged 25 and older in 2000 and 2016.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Hardworking Rural Community Taps a Deep Well of Hope
Provides an overview of the residents of Klamath County, Oregon, including the Klamath tribes, coming together as a community and forming the Healthy Klamath coalition to create healthier communities. Discusses community efforts to address the behavioral and physical healthcare needs of the Klamath tribes. Describes local efforts to promote healthcare careers to high school students and how the community offers scholarships to improve graduation rates. Klamath County is a recipient of the 2018 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's Culture of Health Prize.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Urban Areas Offer Higher Earnings for Workers with Higher Levels of Education
Bar chart showing median earnings by highest educational attainment for rural and urban areas in 2016 for earners age 25 and older.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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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.
Additional links: Download Zip File
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Georgia Health Policy Center
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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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Findings from the National Agricultural Workers Survey (NAWS) 2015-2016: A Demographic and Employment Profile of United States Farmworkers
Reports on demographic and employment characteristics of hired agricultural workers in the United States. Includes data on health insurance and healthcare access, as well as information on social determinants of health such as income, education level, language skills, and housing. Based on data collected from face-to-face interviews with 5,342 crop farmworkers conducted between October 1, 2014 and September 30, 2016.
Author(s): Trish Hernandez, Susan Gabbard
Date: 01/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Labor
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A New Approach to Reduce Infant Mortality and Achieve Equity: Policy Recommendations to Improve Housing, Transportation, Education and Employment
Describes new strategies to reduce infant mortality in Ohio. Discusses rural perspectives on multiple topics, including social determinants of health, housing, transportation, education, and employment, and how they relate to infant mortality.
Additional links: Executive Summary, Snapshot
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Policy Institute of Ohio
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