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Resources by Topic: Minorities

The State of Obesity 2020: Better Policies for a Healthier America
Report discusses child and adult obesity and its connection to food insecurity in rural and urban areas across the country. Highlights rates of obesity by state, race, and gender and presents policies and programs to address obesity.
Author(s): Molly Warren, Stacy Beck, Daphne Delgado
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Trust for America's Health
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The Role of Public Health in COVID-19 Emergency Response Efforts From a Rural Health Perspective
Examines the difficulties rural communities face in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in the southeastern region of the U.S. Discusses the COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index, a tool that analyzes epidemiological factors, socioeconomic status, and other indicators to determine which communities are at an increased risk of COVID-19.
Author(s): Sandra Melvin, Corey Wiggins, Nakeitra Burse, Erica Thompson, Mauda Monger
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 17
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
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Advance Care Planning: New Realities in Times of COVID-19
Examines the challenges of advance care planning, planning for decision-making in times of medical crisis, due to COVID-19. Shares insights from clinicians and others involved in helping rural patients.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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A Decade Undone: Youth Disconnection in the Age of Coronavirus
Features a report on young people between the ages of 16 and 24 who are neither in school or working. Full report details demographic information such as race and ethnicity, gender, and living arrangements. Also compares disconnection among rural and urban youth.
Additional links: Conclusions and Recommendations, Full Report, Interactive Tool
Author(s): Kristen Lewis
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Measure of America
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Poverty Rates by Race/Ethnicity and Metro/Nonmetro Residence, 2018
Bar chart comparing metropolitan and nonmetro poverty levels for whites, African Americans, American Indian/Alaska Natives, and Hispanic populations.
Date: 02/2020
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Making Community Health Workers (CHWs) Fundamental: New Research Strengthens the Case for State Policymakers to Include CHWs in Care Delivery Teams
Summarizes key findings from previous Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) funded studies in nine states on Community Health Workers (CHWs) interventions, and their effect on diverse ethnic, racial, socioeconomic and geographic backgrounds including rural. Offers evidence-based recommendations to help state policymakers integrate CHWs into healthcare delivery teams to improve health outcomes and reduce the cost of healthcare for individuals and populations.
Author(s): Denisse Sanchez, Sinsi Hernández-Cancio, Eliot Fishman
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
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Characteristics of Communities Served by Rural Hospitals Predicted to be at High Risk of Financial Distress in 2019
Uses updated results from the Financial Distress Index to compare communities that are home to rural hospitals at high financial risk with areas having rural hospitals not at high risk. Features statistics including demographics, socioeconomics, and health status, with breakdowns by location in the South, the Midwest, the Northeast, and the West.
Author(s): Sharita R. Thomas, George H. Pink, Kristin Reiter
Date: 04/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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Health Equity in New Mexico: 13th Edition
Provides information about the health status of various population groups throughout New Mexico and educates readers on the state's health equity issues. Designed to help policymakers and other stakeholders implement strategies that reduce health disparities and improve health outcomes for all New Mexicans. Includes information and statistics specific to New Mexico's rural regions.
Date: 01/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Department of Health
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Health Research Participation, Opportunity, and Willingness Among Minority and Rural Communities of Arkansas
Examines factors associated with opportunities and willingness to participate in health research, as well as health research participation rates for rural and racial/ethnic minorities based on questions added to the Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) in Arkansas. Addresses the impact of age group, gender, marital status, education, employment, poverty, access to healthcare, and health status.
Author(s): Pearl A. McElfish, Christopher R. Long, James P. Selig, et al.
Citation: Clinical and Translational Science, 11(5), 487-497
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
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A Portfolio Analysis of Culturally Tailored Trials to Address Health and Healthcare Disparities
Examines the cultural tailoring strategies used in behavioral health trials among racial and ethnic minorities, rural populations, people with low socioeconomic status, individuals with disabilities, people with low health literacy, and lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities to improve quality of healthcare, and reduce health and healthcare disparities.
Author(s): Marisa Torres-Ruiz, Kaitlynn Robinson-Ector, Dionna Attinson, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 15(9), 1859
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
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