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Resources by Topic: Health literacy

Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Cancer Occurrence and Outcomes in Rural United States: A Scoping Review
Literature review on racial and ethnic disparities in cancer burden, including discussion of cancer incidence, mortality, screening, access, and knowledge among underrepresented racial and ethnic groups in rural areas. Analyzes 30 studies from 2004-2023.
Author(s): Anuli Njoku, Wendemi Sawadogo, Princess Frimpong
Citation: Cancer Control, 31
Date: 06/2024
Type: Document
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Can ERAS Help Reduce Health Disparities and Overcome Barriers to Equitable Surgical Care in Marginalized Communities?
Discusses the value of Enhanced Recovery after Surgery (ERAS) protocols in rural and marginalized communities. Identifies barriers to access and proposes strategies to increase equity. Highlights aspects of ERAS implementation including pediatrics, health literacy, communication with patients and among providers, telehealth, and more.
Author(s): Chirag Ram, Ruoying Li, Andrew D. Franklin, et al.
Citation: Journal of Pediatric Surgery Open, 7, 100141
Date: 05/2024
Type: Document
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Pediatric Oral Health Online Education for Rural and Migrant Head Start Programs in the United States
Presents a study on the efficacy of an online oral health workshop conducted by pediatric dental residents for Head Start staff, teachers and families in rural and migrant communities. Explores the program's effect on pediatric oral health literacy in rural and migrant communities, as well as the residents' opinions about potentially working in these communities after their residency.
Author(s): Francisco Ramos-Gomez, Stephanie Parkinson, Victor Garcia de Jesus, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 21(5), 544
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
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Breast Density Knowledge and Willingness to Delay Treatment for Pre-Operative Breast Cancer Imaging Among Women with a Personal History of Breast Cancer
Examines women's knowledge related to breast density and cancer diagnoses and how that impacts their decision to undergo pre-operative imaging. Utilizes Breast Cancer Surveillance Consortium (BCSC) data to analyze breast density knowledge and concern, clinical characteristics, and odds of being willing to delay treatment for additional testing. Includes demographic data on patients' breast density exam results, including rural versus urban location.
Author(s): Rebecca E. Smith, Brian L. Sprague, Louise M. Henderson, et al.
Citation: Breast Cancer Research, 26, 73
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
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Demographic Disparities in the Limited Awareness of Alcohol Use as a Breast Cancer Risk Factor: Empirical Findings from a Cross-Sectional Study of U.S. Women
Examines the general awareness of breast cancer risk with alcohol use according to sociodemographic variables. Surveys adult women regarding cancer risk awareness, with data broken down by age, income, education, health status, alcohol use, information sources, U.S. region, and rural versus urban location.
Author(s): Monica H. Swahn, Priscilla Martinez, Adelaide Balenger, et al.
Citation: BMC Public Health, 24, 1076
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
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Optimizing Postpartum Care in Rural Communities: Insights from Women in Arizona and Implications for Policy
Analyzes the postpartum care needs of women living in rural Arizona. Reports on interview feedback from 30 women structured around themes of maternity care and networks of care, structural support and systems, and health information and literacy. Discusses potential implications for policy and practice related to rural postpartum care.
Author(s): Abidemi Okechukwu, Priscilla Magrath, Halimatou Alaofe, et al.
Citation: Maternal and Child Health Journal, 28, 1148-1159
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
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NCHS Rapid Surveys System: Long COVID
Interactive data showing beliefs about and experiences with Long COVID in adults. Includes data breakdown of where a person would get more information about Long COVID by characteristics such as age, race and ethnicity, urbanicity, and more. Data gathered by the National Center for Health Statistics in August 2023.
Date: 02/2024
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Creating Community-Based Health Education Materials for Indigenous Farmworkers
Describes the importance of accessible and culturally relevant resources for Mexican and Central American Indigenous farmworkers, and outlines steps for health education material development. Identifies techniques for promoting health literacy and encouraging community input. Highlights the importance of distinguishing Mesoamerican Indigenous farmworkers from non-Indigenous Latino populations.
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Language Access Florida, National Center for Farmworker Health, Rural Women's Health Project
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The Rural Library and Health Cooperative Agreement Program: A New Chapter in Rural Healthcare Access
Video featuring a program that places health liaisons in libraries throughout South Carolina to provide residents with services that include health information, telehealth, reproductive and behavioral health, assistance with social needs, and connections with providers.
Date: 01/2024
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Supportive Care Needs of Adults Living with a Peripherally Inserted Central Catheter (PICC) at Home: A Qualitative Content Analysis
Examines the challenges and supportive care needs of adults living at home with a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC). Describes interview feedback from 15 participants focused on issues such as daily management of PICCs, physical and emotional impacts, and health literacy and supports. Includes information specific to adults living with PICCs in rural areas.
Author(s): Rebecca Sharp, Qunyan Xu, ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬Robyn Pumpa, et al.
Citation: BMC Nursing, 23, 4
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
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