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Resources by Topic: Infectious diseases

COVID-19 Vaccine Coverage Index
Identifies barriers each county is likely to face in achieving high COVID-19 vaccine coverage. Provides county-level information on historic undervaccination, sociodemographic barriers, resource-constrained healthcare systems, healthcare accessibility barriers, and irregular care seeking behavior. Report includes discussion of rural-specific barriers and concerns.
Additional links: Report: The U.S. COVID-19 Vaccine Coverage Index: Leaving No Community Behind in the COVID-19 Vaccine Rollout
Date: 02/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Surgo Ventures
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Vaccine Allocation Planner for COVID-19
A tool to help states and counties plan for COVID-19 vaccination. Provides county-level estimates for the size of different priority populations and the percent vaccine coverage achievable under various scenarios. Users can select which groups to vaccinate, count available doses, and select an allocation approach.
Date: 02/2021
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: Ariadne Labs
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COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index
State, county, and census-tract data on communities where people are at greater risk of dying from COVID-19. Identifies areas vulnerable due to barriers related to healthcare access, social determinants of health, and other facts. Also provides data related to COVID-19 rates, testing, mask wearing, critical risk workers, and race/ethnicity.
Additional links: U.S. Data Explorer
Date: 02/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Surgo Ventures
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Rural HIV Prevalence and Service Availability in the United States: A Chartbook
Examines state- and county-level human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) prevalence in 2016 as well as availability of HIV-related prevention, testing, and treatment services in 2019. Includes data breakdowns by rural/urban status.
Author(s): Katherine Ahrens, Amanda Burgess, Louisa Munk, Erika Ziller
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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Capacity of Rural Counties to Address an HIV or Hepatitis C Outbreak
Examines data from 20 states potentially at-risk of a human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) or hepatitis C virus (HCV) outbreak to determine which services local health departments (LHDs) provide to help identify or address HIV or HCV. Examples of relevant services include HIV testing, substance use services, and infectious disease surveillance, among others. Includes rural/urban differences in LHD services and staff, LHD partnerships and collaboration, and demographic characteristics of at-risk counties.
Author(s): Jennifer Lenardson, Jaclyn Janis, Amanda Burgess, Karen Pearson, Martha Elbaum
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Maine Rural Health Research Center
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365 Days of Covid-19 In Rural America
Reports on COVID-19 cases in rural areas between February 20, 2020 and February 20, 2021. Includes maps and charts looking at changes over time, comparing nonmetro to metro cases, and examining rural per capita COVID-19 rates. Also includes data on rural unemployment and housing.
Date: 02/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Housing Assistance Council
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National Forum on COVID-19 Vaccine
Resources and materials from a February 22-24, 2021 CDC forum focused on COVID-19 vaccination. Includes session recordings and supporting materials, with a focus on promoting effective strategies to build trust and confidence in COVID-19 vaccines, using data to optimize vaccine implementation, and sharing practical information for increasing vaccine access and addressing barriers to vaccination.
Date: 02/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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COVID-19 Hospital Encounters by Urban-Rural Location of the Hospital by Week From Selected Hospitals
Line chart showing hospitals' percentage of confirmed COVID-19 encounters among all emergency department or inpatient encounters. Includes data from March 2020 through the present for large central and fringe metro areas, medium and small metro areas, and rural areas.
Date: 02/2021
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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Rural and Urban Differences in COVID-19 Prevention Behaviors
Examines the influence of political ideology, demographic factors, and COVID-19 experiences on COVID-19-related preventive health behaviors in rural and urban communities, based on a survey of 5,009 adults. Features demographics and statistics on various behaviors and attitudes, with breakdowns by urban and rural location.
Author(s): Timothy Callaghan, Jennifer A. Lueck, Kristen Lunz Trujillo, Alva O. Ferdinand
Citation: The Journal of Rural Health, 1-9
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
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Nonmetropolitan COVID-19 Incidence and Mortality Rates Surpassed Metropolitan Rates Within the First 24 Weeks of the Pandemic Declaration: United States, March 1 – October 18, 2020
Compares COVID-19 cases and death rates in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas across three 11-week periods in 2020. Features state-level maps providing a visual assessment of the changing impact that COVID-19 had on nonmetropolitan populations.
Author(s): Kevin A Matthews, Fred Ullrich, Anne H. Gaglioti, et al.
Citation: The Journal of Rural Health, 1-6
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
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