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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Families

Fewer Than Half of WIC-Eligible Families Receive WIC Benefits
Examines the characteristics of families eligible for the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) who receive WIC benefits compared to those who do not. Includes information on rural versus urban families participating in WIC. Identifies nonparticipating WIC-eligible families that could be targeted for outreach.
Author(s): Kristin Smith
Date: 2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Using Community Participation to Assess Acceptability of "Contra Caries", A Theory-Based, Promotora-Led Oral Health Education Program for Rural Latino Parents: A Mixed Methods Study
Reports on a qualitative study of a promotora-led oral health education program for low-income, Spanish-speaking parents of children aged 1–5 years, conducted in a rural agricultural city in California.
Author(s): Kristin S. Hoeft, Sarah M. Rios, Estela Pantoja Guzman, Judith C. Barker
Citation: BMC Oral Health, 15, 103
Date: 09/2015
Type: Document
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Having a Rural Impact on Poverty and Child Abuse: Hope and Care for the Future
Discusses the effects of child abuse and neglect on rural children and families. Highlights the planned work of Rural Impact, a public-private collaboration led by the White House Rural Council, which will use a multi-generational approach to invest in low-income families and communities.
Author(s): Kathleen Belanger
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Unequal Lives: The State of Black Women and Families in the Rural South
Analyzes the health and well-being of low-income black women in nine rural counties across Mississippi, Alabama, and Georgia. Identifies barriers to success and economic security, including poverty, low educational attainment, and inadequate access to public infrastructure, healthcare, and more. Includes statistics and demographics for each of the states and counties included in the study.
Date: 07/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Southern Rural Black Women's Initiative
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Understanding the Geography of Growth in Rural Child Poverty
Discusses variations in child poverty among rural counties, based on 2009-2013 American Community Survey data. Includes a map showing rural counties with high child poverty. Discusses family- and community-level factors impacting child poverty. A related Rural Child Poverty Chart Gallery is also available.
Author(s): David McGranahan
Citation: Amber Waves
Date: 07/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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From Rural Poverty to Rural Prosperity: A Lesson in Quilting
Describes the roles that education, healthcare, employment, and human services play in supporting the well-being of rural children and families. Discusses how the availability of these supports can help those living in poverty.
Author(s): Kathleen Belanger
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 06/2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Adaptation of a Culturally Relevant Nutrition and Physical Activity Program for Low-Income, Mexican-Origin Parents With Young Children
Describes a 5-year community-based study on obesity intervention programs in children ages 2-8 in two rural Mexican-American communities in California's Central Valley. Discusses family-centered, culturally adapted programs promoting healthy eating and physical activity for children of rural agricultural workers.
Author(s): Lucia Kaiser, Judith Martinez, Marcel Horowitz, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 12
Date: 05/2015
Type: Document
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Child Protective Services May Link Families to Needed Income Supports
Examines families' receipt of income support immediately following and 18 months after a child maltreatment report. Provides information on receipt of income supports for rural compared to urban areas. Also provides information on families' self-assessment of how they were doing financially, by urban and rural location. Discusses the impact of poverty on parent-child interactions.
Author(s): Wendy A. Walsh, Marybeth J. Mattingly
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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After Great Recession, More Married Fathers Providing Child Care
Reports on the percentage of married fathers providing care for their children while mothers worked outside the home. Examines child care provided by married fathers by race, ethnicity, and residence in urban or rural locations.
Author(s): Kristin Smith
Date: 2015
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Understanding Connections Between Rural Communities and Family Well-Being: A Study of Hampton, Iowa
Discusses how geographic location can affect the health and welfare of rural residents, particularly low-income residents. Study was developed from interviews with residents in Hampton, Iowa.
Author(s): Cynthia Needles Fletcher
Date: 12/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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