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Associations of Medical Debt With Health Status, Premature Death, and Mortality in the US
Results of a study of 2,943 counties, to examine whether medical debt in collections is associated with population health at the county level. Includes county-level maps showing rates and median amounts of medical debt as of 2018, and statistics with breakdowns by metropolitan or nonmetropolitan areas.
Author(s): Xuesong Han, Xin Hu, Zhiyuan Zheng, Kewei Sylvia Shi, K. Robin Yabroff
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 7(3), e2354766
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
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Children of Migrant Workers: Supporting the Invisible Student
Report discusses the physical, social, and emotional challenges faced by the children of migrant workers pursuing an education. Highlights a number of stressors migrant students face such as language barriers, missed school, poverty, and other social determinants of health. Provides a number of resources from federal programs ans non-profit organizations.
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health Department of Health Policy and Management
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The Suicide Epidemic in Rural Minnesota: How We Got Here and How We Move Forward
Provides information on the yearly increase of suicides and deaths of despair in Minnesota, with data broken down by sex, region, and rurality. Discusses factors that impact suicide rates in rural areas, with a focus on rural and indigenous cultures, farming, stigma, firearm access, and more.
Author(s): Marnie Werner, Tracie Rutherford Self
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Center for Rural Behavioral Health, Center for Rural Policy and Development
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Geographic Variation, Economic Activity, and Labor Market Characteristics in Trajectories of Suicide in the United States, 2008–2020
Presents a study exploring the associations between economic and labor activity and rurality with changes in suicide rates from 2008-2015. Creates county-level economic categories based on economy type and metropolitan status while breaking down the data by age and firearm involvement.
Author(s): Katherine M Keyes, Sasikiran Kandula, Gonzalo Martinez-Ales, et al.
Citation: American Journal of Epidemiology, 193(2), 256–266
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
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Investigating Psychological Mechanisms Linking Pain Severity to Depression Symptoms in Women Cancer Survivors at a Cancer Center with a Rural Catchment Area
Analyzes associations and identifies mediating factors between pain severity and symptoms of depression among 183 breast, cervical, ovarian, and endometrial/uterine cancer survivors, utilizing mixed rural and urban data. Discusses rural-specific challenges associated with pain management and unmet mental health needs.
Author(s): Philip I. Chow, Wendy F. Cohn, Patrick H. Finan, David T. Eton, Roger T. Anderson
Citation: Supportive Care in Cancer, 32, 193
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
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Data Snapshot: Suicide in Ohio
Provides information on suicide in Ohio, with data broken down by mortality rate, sex, race/ethnicity, age, method, mental health status, and county.
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Policy Institute of Ohio
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Geographic Differences in Preconception Health Indicators Among Ohio Women Who Delivered Live Births, 2019–2021
Examines preconception health indicators in Ohio women based on geographical differences. Utilizes data from the 2019–2021 Ohio Pregnancy Assessment Survey to analyze indicators such as health behaviors and conditions, substance use, and wanted versus unwanted pregnancy according to metropolitan, Appalachian, rural non-Appalachian, and suburban location.
Author(s): Natalie DiPietro Mager, Michelle Menegay, Connie Bish, Reena Oza-Frank
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 21
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
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An 'Unseen' Struggle: Addressing Hoarding Disorder in Rural Communities
Discusses the challenges of identifying and addressing hoarding disorder in rural areas, as well as the impact it can have on the ability to age in place. Highlights resources and strategies that can be effective in rural areas to help address this issue.
Author(s): Gretel Kauffman
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Availability of Mental Telehealth Services in the US
Examines availability, wait times, and service features of mental telehealth services across demographic and geographical characteristics. Analyzes mental health treatment facilities (MHTFs) across the U.S. and provides data on mental health conditions treated, types of services used, and facility and county characteristics of MHTFs, including metro versus nonmetro location.
Author(s): Jonathan Cantor, Megan S. Schuler, Samantha Matthews, et al.
Citation: JAMA Health Forum, 5(2)
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
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Impact of Driving Cessation on Health-Related Quality of Life Trajectories
Examines the impact of driving cessation (DC) in older drivers aged 65-79 on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) in rural and urban populations. Includes charts showing differences in HRQoL related to DC in metro core, metro non-core, and small town/rural areas. Discusses the impact of access to alternative transportation on mental health and HRQoL in older adults.
Author(s): Thelma J. Mielenz, Haomiao Jia, Carolyn DiGuiseppi, et al.
Citation: Health and Quality of Life Outcomes, 22, 13
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
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