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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Elderly population

Flood Risk is Higher in Rural and Disadvantaged Communities
Examines how flood risk varies based on rural or urban location and socioeconomic or demographic composition, using data from the 48 lower U.S. states. Features statistics on average percentage of properties at risk of flooding, with breakdowns by urban, large rural, small rural, and isolated areas. Offers recommendations for preparing evacuation and resource distribution materials and creating partnerships with local service agencies, especially in areas with large populations of older adults.
Author(s): Danielle Rhubart, Yue Sun
Date: 07/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion, Penn State Population Research Institute
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2020 Transportation Trends
Identifies trends and issues affecting the availability of accessible transportation for older adults and people with disabilities. Includes examples of programs underway in rural areas to address transportation needs.
Date: 07/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Aging and Disability Transportation Center
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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: 07/2021
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: American Academy of Family Physicians
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The Appalachian Region: A Data Overview from the 2015-2019 American Community Survey Chartbook
State- and county-level information on population, age, race and ethnicity, housing occupancy, education, labor force, employment, income, health insurance coverage, disability, and veteran status, for the 13 Appalachian states. Features statistics with breakdowns by 5 levels of population density.
Additional links: All Report Data, All Report Maps, All Report Tables
Author(s): Kelvin Pollard, Linda A. Jacobsen
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Population Reference Bureau
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COVID-19 Risk Mitigation Behaviors among Rural and Urban Community-Dwelling Older Adults in Summer, 2020
Study examining trends in hand washing, face touching, mask wearing, limited gatherings, and other COVID-19 risk mitigation behaviors that compares urban and rural populations over age 65. Discusses rates of specific mitigation behaviors and breaks down rural population demographics.
Author(s): Janice C. Probst, Elizabeth L. Crouch, Jan M. Eberth
Citation: The Journal of Rural Health
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
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Tracking COVID-19 Relief for Human Services and Education Programs
An overview of steps the federal government has taken to implement new resources and administrative changes through the Families First Coronavirus Response Act; the Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act; and the American Rescue Plan Act. Includes information on programs for food security, care of older people, education, economic impact payments, and tax credits.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Counties
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We Can Do This: COVID-19 Public Education Campaign
Resources to help community partners promote COVID-19 vaccine confidence and encourage prevention in the communities they serve. Includes educational materials in a wide range of formats and targeted to specific audiences. Provides information on the COVID-19 Community Corps, a grassroots network of people serving as trusted voices in their community regarding vaccination.
Additional links: COVID-19 Vaccine Hesitancy Data in the United States, by County, The COVID-19 Community Corps
Date: 06/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative - COVID-19 Tribal Elder Resources
Features resources and information for Native American elders related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Provides guidance pertaining to social distancing, food security, and mental health for Native elders.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative
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COVID-19 Demographic and Economic Resources
Provides access to U.S. Census Bureau data useful in pandemic-related decision-making, as well as data from other federal agencies. Offers state and county impact planning reports that provide sociodemographic data, including data on at-risk populations, poverty, and health insurance coverage. Also provides data on businesses and employment.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Poverty Rates by Age Group and Metro/Nonmetro Residence, 2018
Bar chart showing metropolitan and nonmetro poverty rates for all ages, for children under 5, children under 18, adults aged 18-64, and seniors over 65.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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