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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Health disparities

Substance Use and Mental Health Issues among U.S.-Born American Indians or Alaska Natives Residing on and off Tribal Lands
Compares rates of behavioral health issues of American Indians and Alaska Natives who live on reservations with those who live off reservations. Measures rates of mental illness, mental illness service use, substance use, and substance use treatment.
Author(s): Eunice Park-Lee, Rachel N. Lipari, Jonaki Bose, et al.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
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Addressing the Health Needs of Sex and Gender Minorities in New Mexico
Describes disparities among sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations in New Mexico. Covers issues and health behaviors specific to SGMs, including challenges rural SGMs face. Offers recommendations to address SGM health disparities and improve health.
Author(s): Doug Calderwood, Rebecca Dakota, Dawn Hunter, et al.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Department of Health
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Veterans' Experiences with the Veterans Choice Program
Podcast discusses a survey of veterans' experiences with the Veterans Choice Program and compares their evaluation to the previous Community Care Program.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: VA Health Services Research & Development Service
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Issues in Developing Multidimensional Indices of State-level Health Inequalities: National Health Interview Survey, 2013–2015
Examines methodological issues related to developing and estimating health inequality measures that span multiple dimensions of health. One of the inequality attributes included in the discussion is urbanicity, based on the NCHS urban-rural classification scheme.
Author(s): Makram Talih, Maria A. Villarroel
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Community Health Center Chartbook
Features graphs, figures, and maps to document services provided by health centers, characteristics of the patients served, and progress made in improving access to healthcare, including in rural areas. Also reports on health centers' financial health, workforce status, economic impact, remaining challenges, and more. Includes statistics on telehealth service offerings with breakdowns by urban or rural status.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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Immigrant Health Policy Paper
Policy position brief about new immigrants in rural areas, in terms of health care access, health disparities, economic contributions, health care facilities and Community Health Workers, and service strategies to benefit immigrants. Includes case studies of immigrants in Minnesota and immigrants employed in the meat-processing industry and in rural farming.
Author(s): Susan Kunz, April Fernandez, Matt Gilleskie, et al.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Addressing Health and Health Care Needs in the United States-Mexico Border Region
Policy position brief describing geography and demographics of the border region, population health and health care issues, factors contributing to the crisis, public policy implications, and suggestions for addressing needs. Comprises Executive Summary and Full Report.
Author(s): Brian Lady, Carrie Henning-Smith, Susan Kunz
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Rural Health Care in America: Challenges and Opportunities
Presents the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance full committee hearing on improving rural healthcare across the country. Features testimonies from representatives of the NC Rural Health Research Program Sheps Center for Health Services Research, the RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis, San Luis Valley Health, UnityPoint Health, and Geisinger Health.
Additional links: Statement by James E. Mathews, Statement by Orrin G. Hatch, Statement by Ron Wyden, Testimony by George H. Pink, Testimony by Karen M. Murphy, Testimony by Keith J. Mueller, Testimony by Konnie Martin, Testimony by Susan K. Thompson
Date: 05/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Finance
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America’s Health Rankings Senior Report 2018
Provides a national and state-by-state overview of population health for older adults across 34 measures, as well as two supplemental measures new in 2018: suicide rate and risk of social isolation. Includes a special focus on persistent health disparities and challenges facing rural seniors.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: United Health Foundation
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It’s Our Story to Write: Oklahoma Cancer Prevention and Control Plan 2017-2022
Outlines goals and strategies to reduce the risk of cancer in Oklahoma, especially preventable cancers, with a focus on breast, cervical, colorectal, and lung. Discusses challenges and barriers for rural populations along with potential solutions.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oklahoma State Department of Health
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