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Resources by Topic: Infectious diseases

Protecting, Connecting and Thriving: Rural Public Health and Healthcare
Webinar recording of a panel discussing rural public health topics including rural health disparities, mortality, COVID-19, Medicaid coverage, primary care, graduate medical education, and services for veterans. Transcript is available in the video description.
Date: 04/2024
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: The RURAL Study, University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio
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Telehealth Use and Health Equity for Mental Health and Substance Use Disorder During the COVID-19 Pandemic: An Updated Systematic Review
Systematic review investigating the impact of telehealth use on health equity for patients with mental health conditions and substance use disorders during COVID-19. Discusses findings in light of previous research. Includes rurality as a demographic group assessed.
Author(s): J. Priyanka Vakkalanka, Khyathi Gadag, Lauren Lavin, et al.
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Telehealth Research Center
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Retooling Provider HPV Vaccine Communication Styles to Increase Rural HPV Vaccine Coverage
Presents results of a study to assess primary care providers' use of the presumptive recommendation style for HPV vaccination, utilizing data from 2,500 survey responses and 36 semi-structured interviews. Discusses challenges in applying the presumptive recommendation style in rural areas, and describes continuing research on effective HPV vaccine communication.
Author(s): Lisa Spees, Olufeyisayo Odebunmi
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital
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Characteristics and Outcomes of a Hospitalized Cohort with Reduced Mortality from COVID-19, White Mountain Apache Tribal Lands, April 1 – July 31, 2020
Analyzes factors affecting COVID-19 patient outcomes among 2262 American Indian people living on or near White Mountain Apache tribal lands, with data from April 1 to Jul 31, 2020. Highlights the significance of reduced mortality in the study population, and discusses possible impacts of a home visit referral program.
Author(s): Ryan M. Close, Chelsea S. Lutz, T. Shaifer Jones, et al.
Citation: BMC Public Health, 24, 648
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
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Pre-COVID-19 Hospital Quality and Hospital Response to Covid-19: Examining Associations Between Risk-adjusted Mortality for Patients Hospitalised with COVID-19 and Pre-COVID-19 Hospital Quality
Examines whether pre-pandemic hospital quality was associated with in-hospital and 30-day mortality rates among Medicare patients hospitalized with COVID-19 from April 1, 2020, through September 30, 2021. Explores the relationship between COVID-19 outcomes and hospital COVID-19 burden. Compares pre-pandemic hospital quality and COVID-19 outcomes by hospital characteristics, including urban/rural location and Critical Access Hospital status.
Author(s): Doris Peter, Shu-Xia Li, Yongfei Wang, et al.
Citation: BMJ Open, 14(3), e077394
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
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2022 National Sample Survey of Registered Nurses Snapshot
Provides demographic, training and education, employment, COVID-19 impact, and workforce projection data for registered nurses (RNs) in the U.S.
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Rural and Urban Clinician Views on COVID-19's Impact on Substance Use Treatment for Individuals on Community Supervision in Kentucky
Examines the impacts of COVID-19 on the substance use disorder (SUD) treatment system. Provides information from 25 interviews with rural and urban community supervision clinicians within the Kentucky Department of Corrections (DOC). Discusses issues such as telehealth, technological challenges, inter/intra-agency collaboration, client information, and more.
Author(s): Carrie B. Oser, Maria Rockett, Sebastian Otero, et al.
Citation: Health & Justice, 12, 12
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
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Who Are Vaccine Champions and What Implementation Strategies Do They Use To Improve Adolescent HPV Vaccination? Findings from a National Survey of Primary Care Professionals
Examines the strategies primary care providers (PCPs) use to improve HPV vaccination rates in their communities. Analyzes issues related to vaccination uptake like quality improvement projects as well as the sharing of information, encouragement, and vaccination data with colleagues. Discusses vaccination issues specific to rural areas and includes data on the likelihood of working with a PCP vaccine champion in a rural location.
Author(s): Micaela K. Brewington, Tara L. Queen, Jennifer Heisler-MacKinnon, et al.
Citation: Implementation Science Communications, 5, 28
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
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2025 Health and Human Services Evaluation Plan
Provides an overview of the 2025 evaluation activities for 49 Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) programs. Includes evaluation information on rural focused programs such as Rural Maternity and Obstetrics Management Strategies (RMOMS); the National Initiative to Address COVID-19 Health Disparities Among Populations at High-Risk and Underserved, Including Racial and Ethnic Minority Populations and Rural Communities; the Telehealth Technology Enabled Learning Program (TTELP); and more.
Author(s): Maura R. Reilly, Kristen Hudgins, Susan Jenkins
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
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Ready or Not 2024: Protecting the Public's Health from Diseases, Disasters, and Bioterrorism
Report explores the readiness of state public health systems to respond to emergencies, such as diseases, disasters, and bioterrorism. Focuses on measures such as hospital safety scores, vaccination rates, and water system maintenance, among others. Includes rural considerations throughout.
Author(s): Matt McKillop, Rhea K. Farberman, Dara Alpert Lieberman
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Trust for America's Health
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