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Resources by Topic: Environmental health

Rural Matters - Coronavirus and the Navajo Nation
Presents a first-hand account of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Navajo Nation. Discusses the social and environmental factors that contribute to the spread of the virus.
Author(s): Heather Kovich
Citation: New England Journal of Medicine, 383, 105-107
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
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Heat-Related Deaths — United States, 2004–2018
Examines heat-related deaths in the U.S. Includes data by age group, sex, race/ethnicity and by level of urbanization for metropolitan, micropolitan, and noncore areas. Also includes data on selected underlying causes of death for which heat-related conditions were a contributing factor.
Author(s): Ambarish Vaidyanathan, Josephine Malilay, Paul Schramm, Shubhayu Saha
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(24), 729-734
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Planning Resources by Setting: Hospitals and Healthcare Systems
Details the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's emergency preparedness and response resources for hospitals. Features tools, reports, and guidance for hospitals during an environmental or public health emergency.
Date: 04/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Water Infrastructure: Technical Assistance and Climate Resilience Planning Could Help Utilities Prepare for Potential Climate Change Impacts
Examines federal technical and financial assistance to drinking and wastewater utilities for enhancing climate resilience. Discusses the needs of small and rural communities and identifies federal resources targeted to these areas.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Trends and Patterns in Lyme Disease: An Analysis of Private Claims Data
Analysis and comparison of data from privately-billed healthcare claims to identify trends and patterns related to Lyme disease and other tick-borne diseases. Features statistics comparing claim lines for these diseases from 2007-2018, with breakdowns by urban and rural areas.
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: FAIR Health
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FY 2016 Report to Congress on Outcome Evaluations of Administration for Native Americans Projects
An evaluation of the activities and outcomes of Administration for Native Americans (ANA) funding in native communities in accordance with the Native American Programs Act (NAPA), and the Government Performance and Results Act of 1993. Describes and measures the impact of the funding, the effectiveness of the planned goals, the methods used for economic and social development including sustainability efforts. Highlights projects related to community health, healthy living, behavioral health, environmental health, and food and nutrition. Includes data on Native American community-driven projects useful to leaders, planners, service providers, and tribal government agencies.
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Administration for Children and Families, Administration for Native Americans
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Household Endotoxin Reduction in the Louisa Environmental Intervention Project for Rural Childhood Asthma
Describes environmental interventions, including cleaning and education, to reduce endotoxin exposure for rural Iowa children with asthma. Data represents endotoxin loads and participant characteristics. Discusses endotoxin's effects on asthma symptoms and the potential for endotoxin reduction to improve those symptoms, particularly in farm homes.
Author(s): Angelico Mendy, Nervana Metwali, Sarah Perry, et al.
Citation: Indoor Air: International Journal of Indoor Environment and Health, 30(1), 88-97
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
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Association Between Environmental Quality and Diabetes in the USA
Results of a study comparing diabetes prevalence in 3,134 urban or rural counties from 2004-2012, taking into account the possible effects of environmental pollutants. Features statistics with breakdowns by 4 levels of urban or rural status.
Author(s): Jyotsna S. Jagai, Alison K. Krajewski, Sabina Shaikh, Danelle T. Lobdell, Robert M. Sargis
Citation: Journal of Diabetes Investigation
Date: 10/2019
Type: Document
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Watered Down Justice
Report focuses on water quality standards, violations, and potential solutions, specifically for social and economic minority populations. Features county-level maps showing the intersection of various drinking water violations and length of violations with racial, ethnic, and language vulnerability.
Author(s): Kristi Pullen Fedinick, Steve Taylor, Michele Roberts
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Coming Clean, Environmental Justice Health Alliance, Natural Resources Defense Council
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Development of a Childhood Obesogenic Environment Index
Findings brief describing the development of a childhood obesogenic environment index using 10 variables related to physical activity and healthy eating. Discusses differences in the childhood obesogenic environment index data by rurality and region of the United States.
Author(s): Andrew T. Kaczynski, Jan M. Eberth, Angela D. Liese, et al.
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center)
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