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Health Professional Shortage Areas: Mental Health
Printable map that shows nonmetropolitan and micropolitan mental health HPSAs on one color scale and metropolitan mental health HPSAs on another. Data source: data.HRSA.gov
Date: 01/2024
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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California State of Public Health Report, 2024
Reports on various measures of health across the lifespan for California residents in addition to behavioral health and climate change health impacts. Includes data for rural and urban California suicide rate disparities.
Date: 2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: California Department of Public Health
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A Community-Engaged Approach to Understanding Suicide in a Small Rural County in Georgia: A Two-Phase Content Analysis of Individual and Focus Group Interviews
Evaluates the need for suicide prevention and appropriateness of prevention efforts in a rural Georgia county by presenting analysis of 20 individual interviews and 2 focus groups conducted August 2021-June 2022. Covers individual and community contextual drivers of suicide, facilitators and barriers of medical and social support access, linkage gaps in mental health care services, and community response. Discusses schools, a military base, nonprofit and religious organizations, and other institutional supports for suicide prevention.
Author(s): Kimberly Beth Roth, Eleni Gaveras, Fatima Ghiathi, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20(24), 7145
Date: 12/2023
Type: Document
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Report on the Mental Health Program for Veterans for Fiscal Year 2023
Report on the administration of the Texas Mental Health Program for Veterans. Discusses various program outcomes and services to special populations including rural, female, and incarcerated veterans. Offers recommendations for future program goals.
Date: 12/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Health and Human Services
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Impacts of Transit on Health in Rural and Small Urban Areas
Overview of how public transportation affects health in rural and small urban areas. Summarizes findings from a literature review that looked at public transportation as it relates to the social determinants of health, healthcare access, physical activity, social isolation, and mental health. Also reports results from a survey of rural older adults supplemented by data analysis looking at travel for healthcare, challenges related to public transportation, and the impacts of missed or delayed healthcare trips.
Author(s): Jeremy Mattson, Bright Quayson
Date: 12/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute
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Social and Structural Determinants of Maternal Morbidity and Mortality: An Evidence Map
Presents results of a systematic literature review of risk factors associated with maternal morbidity and mortality before, during, and after birth. Reports study findings on social and structural determinants of health including race, income, mental health, rurality, environment, violence, trauma, and more. Observes the state of current research and identifies limitations.
Additional links: Executive Summary, Full Report
Author(s): Jaime Slaughter-Acey, Kathryn Behrens, Amy M. Claussen, et al.
Date: 12/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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2023 - 2028 Oklahoma State Health Improvement Plan
Offers overview of Oklahoma resident health indicators and improvement goals with specific focus on social determinants of health, mental health, substance use, obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular disease. Notes statewide resources and assets for each indicator. Includes a health inequity map at the census tract level.
Date: 12/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Oklahoma State Department of Health
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VA Health Care: The Medically Underserved Facilities Initiative
Describes the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) medically underserved facilities initiative, which identifies medical facilities that were underserved for primary care and mental health services in 2022. Describes the criteria VA has used to identify medically underserved facilities and which facilities are designated as underserved and what officials from the designated underserved facilities reported about their experiences with the initiative. Explores what VA information shows about the effectiveness of the initiative. Includes rural references throughout.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 12/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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The Impact of Health Disparities on the Subjective Well-Being in Rural Communities
Examines the effects of health, socioeconomic, and spatial indicators on well-being and happiness in rural areas/countryside and rural towns. Utilizes North Central Region (NCR)-Stat: Baseline Survey 2022 data to analyze well-being according to physical and mental health status, insurance status, income, work status, education level, and marital status.
Author(s): Zuzana Bednarik
Date: 12/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Central Regional Center for Rural Development
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Suicide Rates by Industry and Occupation — National Vital Statistics System, United States, 2021
Examines suicide rates for major and detailed industry and occupational groups. Includes information on suicide rates for occupations in industries that are largely rural, including mining, agriculture, fishing, and hunting.
Additional links: Supplementary Table 1: Major and Detailed Industry Groups, Supplementary Table 2: Major and Detailed Occupational Groups
Author(s): Aaron Sussell, Cora Peterson, Jia Li, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 72(50), 1346-1350
Date: 12/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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