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Resources by Topic: Mortality

COVID Risk Levels Dashboard
Provides state and county-level risk assessments related to COVID-19. Risk levels are based on daily cases per 100,000 population, using a 7 day moving average.
Date: 07/2021
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Brown School of Public Health, Harvard University Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics
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CDC COVID Data Tracker
Provides access to maps, charts, and data from the CDC on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and issues related to COVID-19. Includes data on vaccinations, cases, deaths, and hospitalizations for each county and cases and deaths nationally for metropolitan compared to nonmetro counties. Also covers many other topics at the state and national level, including vaccination, testing, demographics, emergency department visits, and more.
Additional links: COVID-19 Integrated County View, Trends in COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in the United States, by County-level Population Factors
Date: 07/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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COVID-19 Data from the National Center for Health Statistics
Provides access to state and county provisional death counts for COVID-19, as well as national and state data on mental health, births and pregnancies, and healthcare access. Also offers guidance on cause-of-death certification for COVID-19.
Date: 07/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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COVID-19 Cases in Appalachia Map
Map depicts the cases of COVID-19 in Appalachia, as well as the rest of the country for comparison. Highlights confirmed cases and deaths by county.
Date: 07/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Appalachian Regional Commission
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The Role of Race in Rural-Urban Suicide Disparities
Explores the role race-ethnicity plays in understanding the rural-urban disparity in rates of suicide among Veterans Health Administration (VHS) patients. Breaks down data by race, age, and rural versus urban location, among other measures.
Author(s): Talya Peltzman, Daniel J. Gottlieb, Maxwell Levis, Brian Shiner
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 1-9
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
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The Co-Occurrence of HIV and Opioid Mortality in Rural and Urban America from 1999-2018
Policy brief evaluating trends in mortality from Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) and opioid use in rural and urban areas, using data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Wide-ranging Online Data for Epidemiology Research (WONDER) mortality database. Features statistics on mortality by sex, race or ethnicity, and census region, with breakdowns by 6 levels of population density.
Author(s): Timothy Callaghan, Kristen Primm, Marvellous Akinlotan, et al.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Southwest Rural Health Research Center
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An Evaluation of Firearm Injuries among Rural versus Urban Veterans: Data Validity and Early Findings
Webinar recording discussing rural and urban differences in rates of firearm injuries among veterans. Breaks down data pertaining to injuries, suicide, homicide, and unintentional fatalities related to firearms.
Additional links: Audio Recording, PDF Handout
Date: 06/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs
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Still Stealing Rural America's Breath: An Update on Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Discusses rural research efforts focused on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), with insights from researchers, philanthropists, and healthcare providers. Explores the impact of COVID-19 on COPD. Also covers the importance of pulmonary rehabilitation and new research findings on the impact of this treatment.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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COVID-19-Related Hospitalizations in 13 States, by Patient Location, 2020
Presents data on COVID-19-related hospitalizations in 13 states from April to September 2020. Examines the differences in monthly hospitalizations by the metropolitan status of the patient location. Includes statistics on the average length of stay for COVID-19-related hospitalizations on in-hospital mortality. Compares this data with hospitalization data from the same states during April-September 2019.
Author(s): Pamela L. Owens
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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2019 U.S. Rural Health Report Card
Provides individualized rural health rankings and grades for U.S. states, and includes final average rankings for U.S. Census regional divisions. Offers explanations behind each state's overall score, including measures related to mortality, quality of life, and access to care. Covers rural/urban comparisons for age-adjusted mortality rates.
Date: 05/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: F. Marie Hall Institute for Rural and Community Health
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