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Chronic Disease Prevalence in the US: Sociodemographic and Geographic Variations by Zip Code Tabulation Area
Examines geographic, sociodemographic, and economic characteristics of chronic disease prevalence in the U.S. Provides ZIP Code Tabulation Area (ZCTA) maps depicting chronic disease across the country and includes related demographic and health condition data.
Author(s): Gabriel A. Benavidez, Whitney E. Zahnd, Peiyin Hung, Jan M. Eberth
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 21
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
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Investigating Psychological Mechanisms Linking Pain Severity to Depression Symptoms in Women Cancer Survivors at a Cancer Center with a Rural Catchment Area
Analyzes associations and identifies mediating factors between pain severity and symptoms of depression among 183 breast, cervical, ovarian, and endometrial/uterine cancer survivors, utilizing mixed rural and urban data. Discusses rural-specific challenges associated with pain management and unmet mental health needs.
Author(s): Philip I. Chow, Wendy F. Cohn, Patrick H. Finan, David T. Eton, Roger T. Anderson
Citation: Supportive Care in Cancer, 32, 193
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
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Arthritis in Adults Age 18 and Older: United States, 2022
Report offering data on arthritis prevalence in U.S. adults from the 2022 National Health Interview Survey. Discusses prevalence by various demographics in addition to region and urbanization.
Author(s): Nazik Elgaddal, Ellen A. Kramarow, Julie D. Weeks, Cynthia Reuben
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Human Biomonitoring Without In-Person Interaction: Public Health Engagements During the COVID-19 Pandemic and Future Implications
Examines engagement approaches of biomonitoring and discusses the feasibility of utilizing non-contact methods for public health research. Analyzes distance-based approaches for research such as recruitment mailers, phone conversations, internet surveys, and self-collected and shipped samples. Includes reflections on non-contact methods to engage rural populations in research during the COVID-19 pandemic and in the future.
Author(s): Alyssa J. Mattson, Jiali Yu, Elizabeth M. Miller, et al.
Citation: BMC Medical Research Methodology, 24, 53
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
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Hearing on Examining Chronic Drug Shortages in the United States
Congressional hearing in the U.S. House of Representatives Ways & Means Committee discussing pharmaceutical drug shortages. Discusses cancer care, healthcare quality, the 340B program, supply and demand, reimbursement, and other policy measures. Witnesses include Dr. Stephen Schleicher discussing rural concerns. Captions available in video player.
Additional links: Dr. Stephen Schleicher Testimony
Date: 02/2024
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: House Ways and Means Committee
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Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Use of Colorectal Cancer Screening among Adults With Chronic Medical Conditions: BRFSS 2012–2020
Compares racial and ethnic variation in colorectal cancer (CRC) screening rates, with breakdowns by number of chronic conditions. Utilizes 2012-2020 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data. Table includes a statistic on CRC screening in nonmetro areas.
Author(s): Maria A. Castañeda-Avila, Mayra Tisminetzky, Atinuke G. Oyinbo, Kate Lapane
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 21, 230257
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
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Comparative Effectiveness of Two Interventions to Increase Colorectal Cancer Screening among Females Living in the Rural Midwest
Compares the effectiveness of tailored interventions using audiovisual media and patient navigation versus usual care on colorectal screening rates for women in the rural Indiana and Ohio. Discusses the implication of findings on access to care for rural residents. Includes breakdown of participant level of rurality and other demographic characteristics.
Author(s): Eric A. Vachon, Mira L. Katz, Susan M. Rawl, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 2024
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
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Net Migration Spurs Renewed Growth in Rural Areas of the United States
Discusses population migration data showing trends in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan population migration between 2019 and 2022 and within rural regions across the country. Notes impact of COVID-19 on trends.
Author(s): John Cromartie
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Cancer in Iowa - 2024
Provides county-level data on cancer cases, deaths, and survivors in Iowa. Highlights information on cancer surveillance and care in Iowa, data on specific types of cancer, and risk factors for cancer, with a focus on the connection between cancer and alcohol use.
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Iowa Cancer Registry, Iowa College of Public Health
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Infection Control Policies and Practices in Residential Care Communities by Selected Organizational and Geographic Characteristics: United States, 2020
Presents nationally representative data on the percentage of residential care communities with emergency operations plans that are specific to or include pandemic response, approaches to implement these plans, and infection control policies and practices. Compares infection control policies and practices by metropolitan status, community bed size, ownership status, chain affiliation, and whether the community has a designated space for dementia care.
Author(s): Amanuel Melekin, Manisha Sengupta
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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