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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Health disparities

Health of American Indian and Alaska Native Adults, by Urbanization Level: United States, 2014–2018
Examines health status and health conditions among American Indian and Alaska Native adults compared to all U.S. adults, with data for rural, small metropolitan, and large metropolitan statistical areas. Addresses poor or fair health status, disability, multiple chronic conditions, hypertension, and diabetes.
Author(s): Maria A. Villarroel, Tainya C. Clarke, Tina Norris
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Mapping High Risk Areas for COVID-19
An interactive web-based mapping tool focused on identifying priority areas for the COVID-19 pandemic. Offers data on health conditions, demographics, and social determinants that may make a population more vulnerable to COVID-19. Also includes the location of hospitals. Users can upload their own COVID-19 patient profile data. Part of the HealthLandscape set of tools.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: American Academy of Family Physicians
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Assessment of Racial Disparities in Mortality Rates Among Older Adults Living in US Rural vs Urban Counties From 1968 to 2016
Study using CDC WONDER data from 3,131 counties over a 49-year period. Features statistics on adjusted and unadjusted mortality rates among people 65 years and older, with breakdowns by race, gender, and urban, rural adjacent, and rural nonadjacent locations.
Author(s): Nasim B. Ferdows, Maria P. Aranda, Julie A. Baldwin, et al.
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 3(8)
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
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American Indian and Alaska Native People: Social Vulnerability and COVID-19
Details the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on tribal areas and the social vulnerability of American Indian and Alaska Native people. Discusses poverty, household composition, and transportation access, among other factors.
Author(s): Elizabeth D. Hathaway
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
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COVID Urban Rural Explorer (CURE)
Provides data on COVID-19 cases and deaths in metropolitan and nonmetro areas. Identifies nonmetro counties experiencing spikes in COVID-19 cases, and offers county-level data on cases and deaths, the number of hospital beds, and population density.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Washington State University
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Rural-Urban Mental Health Disparities in the United States During COVID-19
Explores rural and urban mental health access during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses the expanded use of telehealth, the lack of broadband access, and mental health provider shortages in rural areas.
Author(s): Nicole M. Summers-Gabr
Citation: Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 12(S1), S222-S224
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
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The Opioid Crisis and the Hispanic/Latino Population: An Urgent Issue
Report highlights the opioid crisis in Hispanic/Latino populations. Details rates of illicit opioid use and prescription drug misuse, as well as overdose and death rates. Discusses measures taken in to provide treatment and prevention in Latino communities, including in rural and border areas.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Contact Tracing for Native Americans in Rural Arizona
Details the efforts to do COVID-19 contact tracing in Native American communities in rural Arizona. Discusses the role of a Critical Access Hospital in providing public health support in rural communities during the pandemic.
Author(s): Ryan M. Close, Myles J. Stone
Citation: New England Journal of Medicine, 383, e15
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
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COVID-19 Guidance for Community Providers
Highlights guidance and support for community providers caring for veterans during the COVID-19 pandemic. Discusses care specifically for COVID-19 and general care during the pandemic. Includes training and best practices for clinicians.
Date: 07/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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Boosting Oral Health Care in Rural Communities
Details barriers to oral healthcare in rural areas and highlights some of the methods states are implementing to overcome those barriers. Discusses teledentistry, mobile dental programs, and loan repayment, as well as federal support for state programs.
Author(s): Erik Skinner
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Conference of State Legislatures
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