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Resources by Topic: Infectious diseases

Rural Employment Has Returned to Pre-COVID-19 Pandemic Level
Chart comparing rural and urban employment levels by quarter between 2019 and 2023. Notes COVID-19 pandemic impacts.
Date: 02/2024
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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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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Human Papillomavirus Vaccination Coverage in Children Ages 9–17 Years: United States, 2022
Offers parent-reported data on the percentage of children 9-17 years of age who received at least one dose of the HPV (human papillomavirus) vaccine. Includes date for metropolitan and nonmetro areas.
Author(s): Maria A. Villarroel, Adena M. Galinsky, Peng-Jun Lu, Cassandra Pingali
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Association of Social Vulnerability Index and Masking Adherence among Children Enrolled in COVID-19 Community Research Partnership Study
Examines the relationship between social vulnerability and masking during the COVID-19 pandemic among children aged 2 to 17 years old and living in the Southeast. Provides data on masking adherence according to age, race/ethnicity, sex, social vulnerability, and rural, suburban, or urban location.
Author(s): Keerti L. Dantuluri, Asare Buahin, Diane Uschner, et al.
Citation: BMC Public Health, 24, 410
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
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Excess Natural-Cause Mortality in US Counties and Its Association with Reported COVID-19 Deaths
Evaluates excess deaths between March 2020 and August 2022 to determine how many may be attributable to COVID-19. Includes data break down across time, at the metropolitan and nonmetropolitan levels, and by Census division. Offers potential explanations for inaccurate counts and implications for public health policy.
Author(s): Eugenio Paglino, Dielle J. Lundberg, Andrew C. Stokes
Citation: PNAS, 121(6), e2313661121
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
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COVID-19 and Mental Health in Ohio: Trends from 2017 to 2021
Analyzes mental health impairment (MHI) in Ohio residents in 2017, 2019, and 2021 to observe pandemic-related trends and disparities. Includes data breakdowns by sociodemographic characteristics, fiscal stability, health status indicators, insurance status, and Appalachian, metropolitan, rural non-Appalachian, or suburban location.
Author(s): Megan E. Roberts, Dushka Crane, Lauren Elliott-Dorans, et al.
Citation: Ohio Journal of Public Health, 6(1)
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
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Early Impacts of the Pennsylvania Rural Health Model on Potentially Avoidable Utilization
Assesses the impact of the Pennsylvania Rural Health Model (PARHM) on potentially avoidable utilization rates between 2016 and 2022 by comparing participating and non-participating hospitals. Discusses the potential impact of COVID-19 on results.
Author(s): Donald S. Bourne, Eric T. Roberts, Lindsay M. Sabik
Citation: Health Affairs Scholar, 2(2)
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
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Educational Intervention to Increase COVID-19 Vaccine Uptake in Rural Patients with Chronic Diseases: Lessons Learned from An Innovative Academic–Community Partnership
Results of a study using an educational intervention to increase vaccine knowledge and vaccine acceptance in rural patients with chronic diseases in West Virginia. Uses data from an academic–community partnership comprising researchers, practitioners, community organizations, community-engaged partners, and patient stakeholders.
Author(s): Ranjita Misra, Brenna Kirk, Samantha Shawley-Brzoska, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 21(1), 71
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
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Clinical Risk and Outpatient Therapy Utilization for COVID-19 in the Medicare Population
Evaluates COVID-19 treatment disparities among Medicare beneficiaries, with comparisons by age, race and ethnicity, Medicaid eligibility, nursing home use, telemedicine use, rural/urban status, and more. Utilizes Medicare Master Beneficiary Summary and Standard Analytic Claim files for the year 2022. Provides data on rates of COVID-19 therapy use, including medication, hospitalization, and outpatient treatment. Highlights undertreatment experienced by populations with high risk of severe infection.
Author(s): Andrew D. Wilcock, Stephen Kissler, Ateev Mehrotra
Citation: JAMA Health Forum, 5(1), e235044
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
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Association of Spatial Proximity to Fixed-Site Syringe Services Programs with HCV Serostatus and Injection Equipment Sharing Practices Among People Who Inject Drugs in Rural New England, United States
Examines the correlation of proximity to a syringe services program (SSP) and Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection in rural areas of the northeastern United States. Utilizes 2018-2019 data to analyze people who inject drugs (PWID) and their demographic characteristics, drug usage, and distance to the nearest fixed-site SSP.
Author(s): Eric Romo, Thomas J. Stopka, Bill M. Jesdale, et al.
Citation: Harm Reduction Journal, 21, 23
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
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