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Resources by Topic: Population health

Care Redesign Survey: Lessons Learned from and for Rural Health
Explores similarities and disparities between healthcare in rural and urban or suburban areas, and discusses barriers to delivering excellent care in rural areas. Based on survey responses from 730 members of the NEJM Catalyst Insights Council.
Author(s): Amy Compton-Phillips, Namita Seth Mohta
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: NEJM Catalyst
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Vaccination Coverage Among Children Aged 19–35 Months — United States, 2017
Reports on vaccination coverage for children aged 19-35 months, based on data from the 2017 National Immunization Survey-Child (NIS-Child). Includes data for nonmetropolitan areas. Coverage estimates are provided for the following vaccinations: diphtheria and tetanus toxoids and acellular pertussis (DTaP), poliovirus, measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR), Haemophilius influenzae type b conjugate (Hib), hepatitis B (HepB), varicella, pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV), hepatitis A (HepA), and rotavirus.
Author(s): Holly A. Hill, Laurie D. Elam-Evans, David Yankey, James A. Singleton, Yoonjae Kang
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 67(40), 1123-1128
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Key Informant Perspectives on Rural Social Isolation and Loneliness
Describes challenges and opportunities related to health impacts of social isolation in rural areas, using data from interviews with 22 experts from 11 states and the District of Columbia. Addresses gaps in the literature on rural-urban differences in social isolation and offers suggestions for policy changes and programmatic interventions.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith, Alexandra Ecklund, Megan Lahr, et al.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Supporting Family Physician Maternity Care Providers
Summarizes strategies, provides suggestions, and examines the role family physicians play in providing maternity care to the underserved. Also presents ideas for training and retaining family physician maternity care providers in rural areas.
Author(s): Jessica Taylor Goldstein, Scott G. Hartman, Matthew R. Meunier, et al.
Citation: Family Medicine, 50(9), 662-671
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
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Healthy Farmers, Prosperous Farms Video
Presents a video discussing the importance of health insurance in maintaining access to healthcare for farmers and their families. Details the rates of injuries for farmers and the risks that operating a farm without health insurance can pose to both the farmers themselves and their business.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Maryland Council
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Assessment of Child Health and Health Care in Ohio
Provides an overview of child health, well-being and healthcare in Ohio. Covers child health challenges and strengths, as well as demographic characteristics. Includes maps showing county-level data for the population ages 0-17 and 18-25 in 2017. Describes child health priorities for Appalachian and rural non-Appalachian areas of Ohio.
Additional links: Executive Summary, Snapshot
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Policy Institute of Ohio
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Better Data and Better Outcomes: Reducing Maternal Mortality in the U.S.
Provides the House Subcommittee on Health hearing recording and related documents on preventing maternal deaths. Addresses disparities in rural maternal mortality. Features testimonies from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the National Birth Equity Collaborative, March of Dimes, and more.
Additional links: Joia Crear Perry Testimony, Stacey Stewart Testimony
Date: 09/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: House Energy and Commerce Committee, Subcommittee on Health
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Network Spotlight: Bootheel Health Alliance, Missouri Bootheel Regional Consortium, Inc.
Features interviews with the CEO and Community Outreach Specialist at Bootheel Health Alliance regarding how their network is collaborating with a wide range of organizations to address disparities in obesity and diabetes in their region of Missouri. Includes information on the network characteristics, challenges, best practices, and advice for others developing networks.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Resource Center
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2017 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report
Provides a comprehensive summary and data analysis of healthcare quality and access in the U.S., including a discussion of disparities encountered by race/ethnicity and geographic locations along the rural-urban continuum. Addresses access to healthcare, patient safety, person-centered care, care coordination, affordability, healthy living, and effective treatment.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Facing Addiction in America: The Surgeon General's Spotlight on Opioids
Provides data on prevalence of substance use, and opioid misuse, use disorders, overdoses, and related topics. Includes discussion of prevention programs and screening.
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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