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Resources by Topic: Health disparities

Care Redesign Survey: Lessons Learned from and for Rural Health
Explores similarities and disparities between healthcare in rural and urban or suburban areas, and discusses barriers to delivering excellent care in rural areas. Based on survey responses from 730 members of the NEJM Catalyst Insights Council.
Author(s): Amy Compton-Phillips, Namita Seth Mohta
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: NEJM Catalyst
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Supporting Family Physician Maternity Care Providers
Summarizes strategies, provides suggestions, and examines the role family physicians play in providing maternity care to the underserved. Also presents ideas for training and retaining family physician maternity care providers in rural areas.
Author(s): Jessica Taylor Goldstein, Scott G. Hartman, Matthew R. Meunier, et al.
Citation: Family Medicine, 50(9), 662-671
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
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Better Data and Better Outcomes: Reducing Maternal Mortality in the U.S.
Provides the House Subcommittee on Health hearing recording and related documents on preventing maternal deaths. Addresses disparities in rural maternal mortality. Features testimonies from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the National Birth Equity Collaborative, March of Dimes, and more.
Additional links: Joia Crear Perry Testimony, Stacey Stewart Testimony
Date: 09/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health
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Network Spotlight: Bootheel Health Alliance, Missouri Bootheel Regional Consortium, Inc.
Features interviews with the CEO and Community Outreach Specialist at Bootheel Health Alliance regarding how their network is collaborating with a wide range of organizations to address disparities in obesity and diabetes in their region of Missouri. Includes information on the network characteristics, challenges, best practices, and advice for others developing networks.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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2017 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report
Provides a comprehensive summary and data analysis of healthcare quality and access in the U.S., including a discussion of disparities encountered by race/ethnicity and geographic locations along the rural-urban continuum. Addresses access to healthcare, patient safety, person-centered care, care coordination, affordability, healthy living, and effective treatment.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Geographic Distribution and Survival Outcomes for Rural Patients With Cancer Treated in Clinical Trials
Results of a comparative effectiveness study of 36,995 patients with uniform access to cancer care in treatment trials from 1986-2012. Includes statistics for various types of cancer with breakdowns by urban and rural locations.
Author(s): Joseph M. Unger, Anna Moseley, Banu Symington, et al.
Citation: JAMA Network Open 1(4)
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
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Indian Health Service: Agency Faces Ongoing Challenges Filling Provider Vacancies
Presents a study on the Indian Health Service's (IHS) progress in filling vacancies. Discusses the strategies used to attract providers and highlights their strengths and shortcomings. Compares vacancy rates by IHS area.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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The HPV Vaccine: Access and Use in the U.S.
Fact sheet discussing HPV and related cancers, HPV vaccines, insurance coverage, and access. Includes statistics from 2011-2015 showing racial and ethnic disparities in cervical cancer incidence and mortality rates, and vaccination coverage as of 2016 among female adolescents with breakdowns by urban or rural status and by state.
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Increasing Colorectal Cancer Screening in Health Care Systems Using Evidence-Based Interventions
Evaluation results for the first program year of the Colorectal Cancer Control Program, a CDC-funded initiative intended to increase screening by primary care and gastroenterological providers among medically underserved populations. Features statistics on participating primary care clinics and screening-eligible patient population counts, with breakdowns by metro, urban, and rural locations.
Author(s): Amy DeGroff, Krishna Sharma, Anamika Satsangi, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 15
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
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New Mexico Department of Health: FY17 - FY19 Strategic Plan
Identifies the priorities of the New Mexico Department of Health and explains how the Department plans to improve health across every segment of the population. Includes a discussion on how demographic changes within the state are disproportionately affecting older adults and rural residents.
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Department of Health
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