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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: People with disabilities

Access in Brief: Rural and Urban Health Care
Compares healthcare access and use of services for children and adults with Medicaid to those with private insurance or no insurance for both rural and urban areas and for adults with disabilities. Includes access data by age group, income, and race/ethnicity and utilization data for office and emergency room visits. Addresses access to prescription drugs and eyeglasses, and barriers to healthcare access.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
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2020 Census: Actions Needed to Address Challenges to Enumerating Hard-to-Count Groups
Examines the U.S. Census Bureau’s plans for the 2020 Census to improve the count of hard-to-count groups, which includes people living in rural or geographically isolated areas, racial and ethnic minorities, people with mental and/or physical disabilities, and other groups. Discusses factors that make it challenging to count certain people, including difficulties related to locating, contacting, persuading, and interviewing.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Engaging People with Disabilities: Strategies for Rural Health Departments
Discusses various methods for rural health departments to engage with people with disabilities. Highlights disparities for rural disabled people. Presents county-level map of rural disabled populations.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of County and City Health Officials
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Vermont Care Network and the State of Vermont: A Shared Data Repository for Community-Based Behavioral Health Providers
Features a case study of the collaboration between HRSA, the Vermont Care Network, and the state of Vermont to create a state-wide data repository for behavioral health and developmental disability services. Details the types of data collected and the process by which it is aggregated and analyzed.
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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Mobility & Aging in Rural America: The Role for Innovation: An Introduction for Funders
Outlines challenges facing older people, people with disabilities, and people in areas with few mobility options. Includes a section on funding strategies for rural transit. Describes successful programs, defines mobility as a social determinant of health, and explores approaches for improvement, including new partnerships with healthcare providers and telehealth.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Grantmakers In Aging
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2017 Transportation Trends Topic Spotlight: Rural Travel Training
Presents a report on rural travel training programs. Discusses the challenges and opportunities rural elderly and disabled people face in navigating their communities. Features several examples of programs exhibiting best practices.
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Aging and Disability Transportation Center
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Access to Mental Health Services for Children in Rural Areas
Policy brief identifying strategies to help rural children with mental, behavioral, or development disorders (MBDDs) access behavioral health services. Discusses the potential of telehealth, integration of behavioral health and primary care, and school-based health centers to address this need.
Date: 03/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Medicaid and Counties: Understanding the Program and Why It Matters to Counties
Report highlights the importance of Medicaid in county-level healthcare. Looks specifically at the role Medicaid plays is providing healthcare for children, the elderly, the disabled, and for rural residents.
Date: 02/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Counties
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Priced Out: The Housing Crisis for People with Disabilities
Reports on a national rental housing study detailing the severity of the housing crisis experienced by low-income people with disabilities in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan statistical areas across the U.S. Particular focus is on non-elderly adults with disabilities who rely on Supplemental Security Income (SSI). Discusses how limited income and substandard housing places people with disabilities at greater risk of exacerbated chronic health conditions.
Author(s): Gina Schaak, Lisa Sloane, Francine Arienti, Andrew Zovistoski
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Consortium for Citizens with Disabilities, Technical Assistance Collaborative
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Rural Long-Term Services and Supports: A Primer
Provides background information on rural long-term services and supports (LTSS), and examines rural access and use of LTSS. Describes LTSS as integral components of a high-performing rural health system, particularly for individuals with disabilities and/or over the age of 65. Three main sections discuss patterns of rural LTSS use; affordability and burden of LTSS; and rural LTSS models, policies, and trends.
Author(s): Andrew F. Coburn, Jennifer P. Lundblad, Charlie Alfero, et al.
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute Rural Health Panel
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