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Resources by Topic: Families

A Prospective Study of Cancer Risk among Agricultural Health Study Farm Spouses Associated with Personal Use of Organochlorine Insecticides
Highlights an investigation into the health effects of exposure to organochlorine pesticides for farmers and their spouses. Draws data from the Agricultural Health Study, which surveys agricultural workers in Iowa and North Carolina.
Author(s): Lydia M. Louis, Catherine C. Lerro, Melissa C. Friesen, et al.
Citation: Environmental Health, 16(1), 95
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
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Confronting Adverse Childhood Experiences to Improve Rural Kids' Lifelong Health
Highlights a western North Carolina school district and a Native American tribe in Wisconsin that are working to address adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). Provides an overview of the impact ACEs have on health and provides data on ACE exposure among rural adults.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Childhood Bullying in Rural Missouri
Defines types of bullying in rural areas and risk factors, including obesity, gender, lack of access to healthy food, and resulting mental health issues. Features a county-level map of Missouri showing urban and rural counties as of 2017, and statistics on victim rates, with breakdowns by 7 levels of population density.
Date: 08/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Missouri Office of Rural Health and Primary Care
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Coverage Trends for American Indian and Alaska Native Children and Families
Analyzes data from the U.S. Census Bureau to show trends in health insurance coverage rates among American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children and families between 2008 and 2015. Examines the expanded role of Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) in driving down the AI/AN uninsured rates, particularly in states with the largest AI/AN populations.
Author(s): Joan Alker, Karina Wagnerman, Andy Schneider
Date: 07/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Georgetown University Health Policy Institute
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Medicaid in Small Towns and Rural America: A Lifeline for Children, Families, and Communities
Uses data from the U.S. Census Bureau's American Community Survey (ACS) to explore the changing levels of Medicaid coverage and uninsured rates at the county level by age. Addresses the role of Medicaid in the 46 states containing small-town and rural populations. Includes numerous charts, maps, and graphs to help illustrate the relationship between Medicaid growth and uninsured rates in rural areas, focusing on the time period from 2008-2009 to 2014-2015.
Additional links: Interactive Map: The Percent of Adults in Small Towns and Rural Areas Covered by Medicaid, 2014/15, Interactive Map: The Percent of Children in Small Towns and Rural Areas Covered by Medicaid, 2014/15, State Data on Adult Health Coverage in Small Towns and Rural Areas, State Data on Child Health Coverage in Small Towns and Rural Areas, State Data on Non-Elderly Health Coverage in Small Towns and Rural Areas, State Data on Seniors' Health Coverage in Small Towns and Rural Areas
Author(s): Jack Hoadley, Karina Wagnerman, Joan Alker, Mark Holmes
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Georgetown University Health Policy Institute, North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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Rural and Urban/Suburban Families' Use of a Web-Based Mental Health Intervention
Analyzes data from a web-based mental health intervention program serving adolescents and caregivers in disaster-affected areas of Missouri and Alabama, comparing rural and urban/suburban rates of accessing and completing web-based mental healthcare modules. Describes historic disparities in mental healthcare among rural communities, noting changes to access and engagement due to increased internet technology use among rural youth and adults. Discusses the potential of web-based healthcare interventions, including telehealth, to expand mental health services in rural areas.
Author(s): Brian Bunnell, Tatiana Davidson, Daniel Dewey, et al.
Citation: Telemedicine Journal and E-Health, 23(5), 390-396
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
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The Role of Public Versus Private Health Insurance in Ensuring Health Care Access & Affordability for Low-Income Rural Children
Reports on the rural-urban differences in healthcare access for children with public health insurance versus private insurance, and how families perceive affordability of healthcare when enrolled in Medicaid, the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP), and private insurance plans.
Author(s): Erika C. Ziller, Jennifer D. Lenardson, Amanda R. Burgess
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Differences in Health Care, Family, and Community Factors Associated with Mental, Behavioral, and Developmental Disorders Among Children Aged 2–8 Years in Rural and Urban Areas — United States, 2011–2012
Provides rural and urban data on a variety of health-related factors for children 2-8 years of age with and without mental, behavioral, and developmental disorders. Topics addressed include demographics, health insurance coverage, having a medical home, parental mental health, family financial difficulties, and community factors.
Author(s): Lara R. Robinson, Joseph R. Holbrook, Rebecca H. Bitsko, et al.
Citation: MMWR Surveillance Summaries, 66(8), 1-11
Date: 03/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Over Tea, South Carolina Girls Learn about Healthy Decisions
Highlights South Carolina's Tea Time with Teens, a program aimed at reducing teen pregnancy by bringing together community leaders, mothers, and daughters to build life skills and make healthy decisions.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Rural Grant Evaluation Report: Journeys Home Home Visiting Project
Report evaluating home-based domestic abuse and sexual violence advocacy programs supported by a Vermont rural grant funded by the U.S. Department of Justice. Describes the project's response to issues of cultural competency and access to survivor-centered advocacy and its emphasis on strengthening relationships between rural caregivers and children affected by violence and abuse. Presents statistical data from program-wide surveys of adult clients, children of clients, and Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence staff members along with qualitative data from four participant interviews.
Author(s): Emily Rothman, Amy Torchia
Date: 12/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Vermont Network Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
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