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Resources by Topic: Families

Mixed Methods Study of Management of Health Conditions in Rural Low-income Families: Implications for Health Care Policy in the USA
Examines the health issues and health management strategies utilized by rural low-income women and their families. Explains how health care reform measures may improve individual health status and reduce rural health disparities if they are carefully implemented.
Author(s): Leigh Ann Simmons, Catherine Huddleston-Casas, Kari Morgan, Derek Feldman
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 12(2), 1879
Date: 04/2012
Type: Document
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Childhood Obesity Prevention in Rural Settings: Background, Rationale, and Study Design of '4-Health,' a Parent-only Intervention
Summarizes the development of a parent-centered obesity intervention program, implementation of a 4-Health Educational program for children currently active in 4-H Youth Development programs, and evaluation of the outcome measures in children and parents of rural Montana.
Author(s): Wesley C. Lynch, Jill Martz, Galen Eldridge, et al.
Citation: BMC Public Health, 12, 255
Date: 2012
Type: Document
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Quality of Life on the Agricultural Treadmill: Individual and Community Determinants of Farm Family Well-Being
Discusses agricultural sector changes and their effects on farm households and farming communities. Uses data from the Iowa Farm and Rural Life Poll, a longitudinal survey of Iowa farmers.
Author(s): J. Gordon Arbuckle, Jr., Chris Kast
Citation: Journal of Rural Social Sciences, 27(1), 84-113
Date: 2012
Type: Document
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Household Food Security in the United States in 2010
Presents statistics on households' food security, food expenditures, and use of food and nutrition assistance programs for 2010. Includes data for metropolitan and nonmetro areas.
Additional links: Report Summary
Author(s): Alisha Coleman-Jensen, Mark Nord, Margaret Andrews, Steven Carlson
Date: 09/2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Understanding the Rural Food Environment: Perspectives of Low-income Parents
Describes barriers rural, low-income families face to access quality, affordable, and healthful food. Concludes that remedies used in urban areas will not help to fix the problem of food deserts in rural areas.
Author(s): Anush Yousefian, Al Leighton, Kimberly Fox, David Hartley
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 11(2), 1631
Date: 04/2011
Type: Document
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Reliance on Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Continued to Rise Post-Recession
Uses data from the 2007, 2009, and 2010 American Community Survey to provide an up-to-date look at changes in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) receipt over the course of the recession. Includes a comparison of receipt by rural, suburban, or central city location. Provides data breakdowns for married couples with children, single fathers, and single mothers.
Author(s): Jessica A. Bean
Date: 2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Unemployment in the Great Recession: Single Parents and Men Hit Hard
Examines changes in unemployment patterns by sex, age, education, race and ethnicity, marital status, and parental status, paying particular attention to differences by place of residence.
Author(s): Marybeth J. Mattingly, Kristin E. Smith, Jessica A. Bean
Date: 2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Rural and Central City Residents with Multiple Children Likely to Be Hardest Hit by Proposed WIC Cuts
Describes the potential implications of 2011 proposed cuts to the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) budget. Includes information for policymakers and service providers to better understand the populations likely to be affected by funding reductions.
Author(s): Jessica A. Bean
Date: 2011
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Access to Mental Health Services and Family Impact of Rural Children with Mental Health Problems
Provides information on the prevalence of children's mental health needs and associated access to care, and family impact across rural and urban areas.
Additional links: Policy Brief: Mental Health Problems Have Considerable Impact on Rural Children and their Families
Author(s): Jennifer D. Lenardson, Erika C. Ziller, David Lambert, Melanie M. Race, Anush Yousefian
Date: 10/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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The Rural Solution: How Community Schools Can Reinvigorate Rural Education
Provides successful examples of rural community schools and discusses ways community schools can provide health and social services within the same facility, like parent and family resource centers within a community school providing family health services, social services, and adult education programs. Discusses how basic health services provided by a school nurse as well as dental screenings and minor services for hearing and vision screenings could also be provided at community schools.
Author(s): Doris Terry Williams
Date: 09/2010
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for American Progress
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