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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Food security and nutrition

Characteristics of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Households: Fiscal Year 2017
Presents an overview of the SNAP Program eligibility requirements and benefit levels. Provides detailed tables showing comparisons in rural-urban areas. Reports that 16.9% of SNAP households are in rural and micropolitan areas. Coverage includes October 2016 through September 2017.
Author(s): Kathryn Cronquist, Sarah Lauffer
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Food and Nutrition Service
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Adults With Diabetes Residing in "Food Swamps" Have Higher Hospitalization Rates
Measures the ratio of fast food outlets to grocers in 784 locations across 15 states, and estimates the association of food swamp severity and hospitalization rates. Includes statistics with breakdowns by mostly urban, mostly rural, and completely rural locations.
Author(s): Aryn Z. Phillips, Hector P. Rodriguez
Citation: Health Services Research, 54(1), Part II, 217-225
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
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Biting Into Food Access: A View of Nebraska's Food System
Provides an overview of food access and food systems in Nebraska. Discusses opportunities to collaborate with rural grocery stores. Provides a map of food deserts by rural and urban census tracts and a county-level map of community gardens in Nebraska.
Author(s): Megan McGuffey, Sandra Renner
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Affairs
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School Meals Programs and Other USDA Child Nutrition Programs: A Primer
Describes how federal child nutrition programs operate under current law, including eligibility rules, participation, and funding. Features statistics including reimbursement rates with breakdowns by rural or urban locations.
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Climate Change & Tribes: Exploring Current Impacts and Future Predictions for America's First People
Report highlights the current and potential impact of climate change on American Indian and Alaska Native communities. Looks at potential consequences of climate change pertaining to health and food access, as well as strategies for tribal communities to adapt to these changes.
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Indian Health Board
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Community-Wide Efforts to Improve the Consumer Food Environment and Physical Activity Resources in Rural Kentucky
Highlights the efforts of a community project in Kentucky to increase access to healthy foods and opportunities to be physically active. Details the project's work with grocery store managers to increase the availability of healthy food and with community members to develop and improve physical activity resources.
Author(s): Alison Gustafson, Margaret McGladrey,Tammy Stephenson, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 16
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
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Shaping Summertime Experiences: Opportunities to Promote Healthy Development and Well-Being for Children and Youth
Examines the impact of summertime experiences on school-age children and youth related to academic learning, social and emotional development, physical and mental health, and health-promoting and safety behaviors. Includes discussion of rural residence and its impact on children's access to supportive services, including food programs, during the summer.
Additional links: Read Online
Author(s): Committee on Summertime Experiences and Child and Adolescent Education, Health, and Safety
Date: 2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Aging in Appalachia
Episodes of the radio program "Inside Appalachia," exploring challenges faced by elderly people in Appalachia, and the resources available to them. Topics include caregiver shortages, Alzheimer's disease, dying with dignity, and isolation and loneliness.
Date: 2019
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: West Virginia Public Broadcasting
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The Relationship Between Rural Setting and Health: Factors that Influence Individuals With or at Risk of CVD - A Summary of the Literature
Describes current literature on rural challenges and opportunities, including cardiovascular risk due to obesity, lack of access to healthcare, workforce shortages, importance of paramedics and community health workers, telehealth and broadband, and impact of the substance use disorder epidemic. Intended to help stakeholders understand the causes of health disparities and to support action to improve the health of rural communities.
Date: 2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Heart Association
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A Spatial Evaluation of Healthy Food Access: Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) Participants
Evaluates a framework using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) to examine Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA) Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) authorized stores in Arizona in 2014 and 2016. Analyzes whether gaps in the network of stores exist in urban and rural areas.
Author(s): Jonathan Davis, Mindy Jossefides, Travis Lane, et al.
Citation: Journal of Public Health Management and Practice, 25(suppl 5), S91-S96
Date: 2019
Type: Document
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