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Resources by Topic: Mortality

Women of Color Health Data Book, Fourth edition
Explores factors affecting the health of women of color, and health assessments including behavior and lifestyles, preventative healthcare services, health insurance coverage and services, and morbidity and mortality. Features statistics with breakdowns including causes of death, various risk factors, and health screening rates.
Citation: NIH Publication No. 14-4247
Date: 10/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Institutes of Health
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The 2014 Update of the Rural-Urban Chartbook
Updates information presented in Health, United States, 2001: With Urban and Rural Health Chartbook. Highlights current trends and disparities across different levels of metro and nonmetropolitan counties, including population characteristics; health-related behaviors and risk factors; mortality rates; healthcare access and use; mental health measures; and other health measures such as teen birth rates, tooth loss, and activity limitations due to chronic disease. Individual data tables are available in an Excel file.
Author(s): Michael Meit, Alana Knudson, Tess Gilbert, et al.
Date: 10/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center
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Rural-Urban Disparities in Heart Disease
Policy brief reporting on rural disparities in heart disease and the associated risk factors of obesity and physical inactivity. Includes heart disease-related death rates and information on obesity prevalence by sex, region, and rural/urban status from 2008-2010. Based on data from the 2014 Update of the Rural-Urban Chartbook.
Author(s): Alana Knudson, Michael Meit, Shena Popat
Date: 10/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Reform Policy Research Center
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Healthy Alaskans 2020 Health Assessment: Understanding the Health of Alaskans
Provides an overview of the statewide health assessment data used to inform the Healthy Alaskans 2020 initiative, and explains the selection and target-setting process for the 25 included leading health indicators. Addresses mortality rates, chronic disease incidence, healthcare access, disparities, and social determinants of health.
Date: 09/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium
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Paediatric Trauma on the Last Frontier: An 11-Year Review of Injury Mechanisms, High-Risk Injury Patterns and Outcomes in Alaskan Children
Describes the development of a pediatric trauma system in remote, very rural, and urban Alaska from 2001 to 2011 using trauma data for all children 17 years and under. Includes comparative data for the type of injury and frequency, geographic region, high risk patterns, and outcomes.
Author(s): Christopher W. Snyder, Oliver J. Muensterer, Frank Sacco, Shawn D. Safford
Citation: International Journal of Circumpolar Health, 73(1)
Date: 08/2014
Type: Document
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Comparisons of Cancer Incidence and Mortality for Rural vs. Urban Pennsylvania Counties, Rural Appalachian Counties, and Rural U.S. Counties
Examines differences in cancer incidence in men and women in rural U.S. counties, rural Appalachian counties, and rural/urban Pennsylvania counties. Identifies cancers on which to focus prevention and screening efforts. Includes county specific incidence and mortality by cancer type for men and women in rural Pennsylvania.
Author(s): Steven Godin, Samuel Lesko, Eugene Lengerich, et al.
Date: 07/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Racial Misclassification of American Indians and Alaska Natives by Indian Health Service Contract Health Service Delivery Area
An analysis to determine the extent of racial misclassification of American Indians and Alaska Natives regarding cancer and all-cause mortality data by Indian Health Service (IHS) Contract Health Service Delivery Area (CHSDA) using 3 data sources: IHS-National Vital Statistics System (NVSS), IHS-National Program of Cancer Registries (NPCR)/Surveillance, Epidemiology and End Results (SEER) program, and National Longitudinal Mortality Study (NLMS).
Author(s): Melissa A. Jim, Elizabeth Arias, Dean S. Seneca, et al.
Citation: American Journal of Public Health, 104(Suppl 3), S295-S302
Date: 06/2014
Type: Document
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Arizona State Health Assessment
Provides a snapshot describing the health status of Arizona residents and data to target health interventions to address public health issues. Analyzes obesity, tobacco use, substance abuse, suicide, diabetes, chronic disease, oral health, health insurance, and more. Highlights health successes and priorities, community involvement in health, and community comments for each of Arizona's 15 counties.
Date: 04/2014
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Department of Health Services
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Widening Rural–Urban Disparities in All-Cause Mortality and Mortality from Major Causes of Death in the USA, 1969–2009
Examines U.S. mortality rates between 1969 and 2009 to identify growth or reduction of mortality disparities between rural and urban settings. Addresses the impact or race/ethnicity, gender, and poverty.
Author(s): Gopal K. Singh, Mohammad Siahpush
Citation: Journal of Urban Health, 91(2), 272-292
Date: 04/2014
Type: Document
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Urban-Rural Differences in Coronary Heart Disease Mortality in the United States: 1999-2009
Describes the trends and magnitude of variations in death rates, with statistical breakdowns by age group, sex, race, geographical region, urbanization level, and year. Examines possible contributing factors for the disparities, including physical activity levels, access to health care, socioeconomic status, and education level.
Author(s): Ambar Kulshreshtha, Abhinav Goyal, Kaustubh Dabhadkar, Emir Veledar, Viola Vaccarino
Citation: Public Health Reports, 129(1)
Date: 01/2014
Type: Document
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