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Resources by Topic: Mortality

Joint Exposure to Urban–Rural Status and Medically Underserved Area Residence and Risk of Severe COVID-19 Outcomes in 2020
Analyzed 453,286 COVID-19 cases from 2020 in Minnesota and Montana to evaluate the impact of rurality and medically underserved area residence on the risk of severe illness.
Author(s): Lakin Mauch, Andrew D Williams
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 23(4)
Date: 11/2023
Type: Document
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Arizona Child Fatality Review Program: Thirtieth Annual Report
Report offering an overview of 2022 child mortality data in Arizona. Discusses demographics, causes of death, and recommendations for prevention. Includes rural and urban comparisons of mortality rates and risk factors.
Author(s): Kiran Lalani, Susan Newberry, Mary Ellen Rimsza, et al.
Date: 11/2023
Type: Document
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Early Estimates of Motor Vehicle Traffic Fatalities And Fatality Rate by Sub-Categories Through June 2023
Presents projections of traffic fatalities and the fatality rate per 100 million vehicle miles traveled for the first half of 2023. Breaks down data by month, age, race, and by rural versus urban roads, among other measures. Compares 2022 fatality data to 2023 rates by month for a number of indicators, including rural areas.
Date: 11/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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Infant Mortality Alabama 2022
Reports Alabama infant mortality and birth statistics, including data comparisons between 2022 and selected years. Also provides county-level data for the years 2020-2022, and includes a map of infant mortality rates and totals by county of residence.
Date: 11/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alabama Department of Public Health
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Fentanyl in Native Communities: Native Perspectives on Addressing the Growing Crisis
Recording of a November 8, 2023 hearing discussing fentanyl in both Native Hawaiian and American Indian and Alaska Native Communities. Features testimony from Lummi Nation, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians of North Dakota, Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck Reservation, and representatives of the behavioral health and public health fields. Discusses the criminal justice system, behavioral health workforce shortages, health impacts of historical trauma, and more. Captions available within the video player.
Additional links: Dr. A. Aukahi Austin Seabury, Ph.D., I Ola Lāhui, Inc. - Testimony, Dr. Claradina Soto, Ph.D., Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California - Testimony, Mr. Eric M. Gettis, Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium - Testimony, The Honorable Bryce Kirk, Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes of the Fort Peck - Testimony, The Honorable Jamie S. Azure, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians of North Dakota - Testimony, The Honorable Tony Hillaire, Lummi Nation - Testimony
Date: 11/2023
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Indian Affairs
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Malnutrition-Related Mortality Trends in Older Adults in the United States from 1999 to 2020
Analyzes trends in malnutrition mortality from 1999 to 2020 in adults over 65 years old. Examines mortality rates broken down by gender, race, Census region, age group, and location on the urban-rural continuum.
Author(s): Naydeen Mostafa, Ahmed Sayed, Omar Rashad, Omar Baqal
Citation: BMC Medicine, 21, 421
Date: 11/2023
Type: Document
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Nevada Sentinel Events Annual Summary 2022
Report of sentinel events in Nevada healthcare facilities in 2022. Data is presented by facility type, sentinel event type, reporting participation, and patient safety committee activities. Discusses rural representation in the data.
Date: 11/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Nevada Department of Health and Human Services
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The Opioid Crisis in the Pandemic Era
Analyzes trends in opioid use during the 2019-2021 years of the COVID-19 pandemic. Provides information on the history of the opioid crisis and mortality rates by age, race/ethnicity, type of opioid, state, and urbanicity, including non-metro, small/medium metro, and large metro.
Additional links: Appendix
Author(s): Colin Planalp, Andrea Stewart
Date: 11/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, State Health Access Data Assistance Center
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Maternal Mortality in Tennessee 2021: 2023 Report to the Tennessee General Assembly
Reports on women who died during pregnancy or within a year following pregnancy in Tennessee for the period 2017-2021. Provides information on cause of death and contributing factors. Features demographic data, including breakdowns by metropolitan or rural dwelling. Identifies opportunities for promotion of wellness and prevention of maternal mortality.
Date: 10/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Tennessee Department of Health
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Applying a Health Equity Lens to Work-Related Motor Vehicle Safety in the United States
Summarizes the literature on risk disparities for work-related motor vehicles crashes by sociodemographic and employment characteristics. Identifies potential causes of disparities at individual, interpersonal, organizational, community, and public policy levels. Includes statistics on people who live and work in rural areas and are likely to depend on a motor vehicle to commute to and from work and between work locations.
Author(s): Stephanie Pratt, Kyla Hagan-Haynes
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 20(20), 6909
Date: 10/2023
Type: Document
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