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Resources by Topic: Population health

Exploring the Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on Syringe Services Programs in Rural Kentucky
Describes ways in which the COVID-19 pandemic affected syringe services programs (SSP) operations, using data from interviews conducted in 2020 with 18 people involved in SSP implementation in rural Kentucky counties.
Author(s): Jennifer L. Glick, Suzanne M. Grieb, Samantha J. Harris, et al.
Citation: Harm Reduction Journal, 19(47)
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
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Redressing Systemic Inequities: Five Lessons For Community-Based COVID-19 Testing From The RADx-UP Initiative
Highlights lessons from the RADx-UP Initiative to show how equity-focused strategies can expand testing uptake. Provides a framework and policy directions for scaling up community-based approaches.
Author(s): Andrea Thoumi, Kamaria Kaalund, Ethan Phillips, et al.
Citation: Health Affairs Forefront
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
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Researchers Discuss How Climate Change Impacts Health in Rural Mountain Communities
Provides an overview of the rural health impacts of climate change in Appalachia discussed at the Climate Change and Health in Rural Mountain Environments collaborative workshop at Appalachian State University. Includes topics such as health impacts for vulnerable populations, healthcare access during severe weather, mental and maternal health, vector-borne disease, and food security, among others.
Author(s): Cameron Stuart
Citation: The Appalachian Voice
Date: 05/2022
Type: Website
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Advancing Rural Maternal Health Equity
Summarizes the activities implemented by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Office of Minority Health between June 2019 and November 2021 as part of its Rural Maternal Health Initiative. Outlines next steps to address rural maternal health disparities. Includes potential solutions for rural providers and stakeholders from the Rural Obstetric Readiness Workgroup.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Geocoding Precision of Birth Records From 2008 to 2017 in Kentucky, USA
Examines geocoding precision of birth records in Kentucky from 2008 to 2017 according to metro, non-metro, and rural location. Includes demographic information about mother and father and related discussions about rural, racial, and ethnic health disparities regarding environmental exposures during pregnancy.
Author(s): Courtney J. Walker, Steven R. Browning, Jeffrey E. Levy, W. Jay Christian
Citation: Geospatial Health, 17
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
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America's Health Rankings Senior Report 2022
Provides a national and state-by-state overview of population health for older adults across 62 measures using data from 21 unique data sources. Covers social and economic factors, physical environment, clinical care, behaviors, and health outcomes. Highlights health disparities, including rural-urban disparities, across five categories of health. Includes state-by-state summaries and county-level maps for risk of social isolation by state.
Additional links: Maps of Risk of Social Isolation by County
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: United Health Foundation
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Supporting Community-Based Family Medicine Residency Training Programs in North Carolina and their Potential Impact on Healthy NC 2030
Examines ways in which training family medicine residents in rural North Carolina communities can address disparities in healthcare access and improve rural population health metrics for all subsets of the population. Describes Healthy NC 2030, a public health initiative that seeks to bridge healthcare disparities in North Carolina. Features a county-level map showing locations of training programs in rural settings and urban settings, and statistics on the distribution of family medicine residency positions in North Carolina, with breakdowns by rural or urban setting.
Author(s): Audy G. Whitman, Geniene Jones, Danny Pate, et al.
Citation: North Carolina Medical Journal, 83(3), 173-177
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
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Mapping the Intersections of Poverty, Race and COVID-19
Features data from more than 3,200 counties to connect information about COVID-19 deaths to demographic characteristics including income, race, health insurance status, and more. Includes an interactive county-level mapping tool.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Poor People's Campaign
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Analysis of Cancer Knowledge, Attitudes, and Practices in Adolescents and Young Adults in Two Texas Rural Communities
Explores attitudes about cancer in young adults who live in rural areas through The Youth and Young Adults Cancer Knowledge Attitudes and Practices (C-KAP) study. Utilizes survey data from 141 participants aged 18-39 to analyze participant knowledge about cancer, perceived health status, impacts on cancer screenings due to COVID-19, and more. Includes demographic information of participants such as age, sex, marital status, education, income, and more.
Author(s): Eva M Moya, Silvia Chávez-Baray, Araceli Garcia, Robert McCreary
Citation: Inquiry: The Journal of Health Care Organization, Provision, and Financing, 59
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
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Impact of the COVID-19 Pandemic on the Hospital and Outpatient Clinician Workforce: Challenges and Policy Responses
Describes hospital and outpatient clinician healthcare workforce shortages and maldistribution both before and during the COVID-19 pandemic and the impact of the pandemic on the mental and physical health of the workforce. Provides an overview of federal interventions to support the healthcare workforce during the pandemic. Includes discussion on challenges specific to rural communities.
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
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