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Resources by Topic: Families

Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder May Reduce Substantiated Cases of Child Abuse and Neglect
Highlights a study on the correlation between opioid use disorder (OUD) and child maltreatment. Specifically, the effect buprenorphine treatment for OUD has on rates of maltreatment. Discusses challenges and considerations for rural areas.
Author(s): Robin Ghertner, Mir M. Ali
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
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Vaccine Hesitancy in Rural Pediatric Primary Care
Examines whether identifying vaccine hesitancy (VH) early on by using the Parent Attitudes about Childhood Vaccines survey and implementing targeted interventions reduces VH among rural caregivers of children 2 months to 5 years of age. Includes data on VH before and after intervention.
Author(s): Robyn Mical, Julia Martin-Velez, Thomas Blackstone, Anne Derouin
Citation: Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 35(1), 16-22
Date: 2021
Type: Document
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Substance Use Disorder Treatment Penetration among Child Welfare-Involved Caregivers
Highlights rates of substance use disorder (SUD) and SUD treatment among child welfare-involved caregivers in Washington. Breaks down data by county and by caregivers with SUD and those receiving treatment for SUD.
Additional links: Supplemental Maps
Author(s): Deleena Patton, Qinghua Liu, Ellen Kersten, et al.
Date: 12/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
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Supporting Children and Families Affected by the Opioid Epidemic - Emerging Policy Considerations
Explores the effect of the opioid crisis on children their families and makes policy recommendations. Breaks down rural and urban differences in opioid use and access to behavioral healthcare and discusses the policy implications of those differences.
Author(s): Laudan Y. Aron, Sarah Benatar, Rebecca Peters
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Urban Institute
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Child Care in 25 States: What We Know and Don't Know
Compares the supply and demand for child care services in 25 states, and examines potential reasons behind resulting child care gaps. Features state-by-state data on child care need, including urban versus rural comparisons. Discusses challenges with data collection and offers recommendations for improvement.
Additional links: Webinar Recording
Author(s): Linda Smith, Anubhav Bagley, Benjamin Wolters
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Bipartisan Policy Center
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Mental Health in Rural America
Discusses mental health issues among farmers and ranchers. Highlights some of the stressors for farmers and farm families, as well as strategies and resources to help cope with farm-related stress.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: American Farm Bureau
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Strategies for Rural Communities for Addressing Substance Misuse among Families Involved with the Child Welfare System
Describes nine programs across seven states that have addressed challenges to serving child welfare-involved parents with substance use issues through mentoring, case management, providing access to treatment and affordable housing, and other support services. Discusses considerations for expanding and replicating these programs in rural communities.
Additional links: Research Summary
Author(s): Jung Kim, Elizabeth Clary, Christina Ribar, Sarah Palmer, Elizabeth Weigensberg
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, Mathematica
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The Two-Generation Approach: Recommendations for Bridging Practice and Policy in Maine
Policy brief describing components that define successful two-generation strategies to promote economic, educational, health, social, and emotional well-being of Maine families. Gives several examples of efforts in various locations, including rural Maine.
Author(s): Sarah Griffen
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: John T. Gorman Foundation
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Map the Meal Gap 2020: A Report on County and Congressional District Food Insecurity and County Food Cost in the United States in 2018
Provides county-level information on U.S. food insecurity and food price in 2018. Covers statistics and data on child food insecurity, food price variation, disability, health implications, and more. Includes data breakdowns by region and rural/urban location.
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Feeding America
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Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program Eligibility and Participation
Presents an interactive map to explore Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Program eligibility and participation at the state and county levels in Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, and Pennsylvania. Provides statistics on age, race/ethnicity, educational attainment, employment status, health insurance status, and more.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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