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Resources by Topic: Public health

Listening to Rural Stories: Q&A with Alisa Druzba
An interview with Alisa Druzba, director of the New Hampshire's Office of Rural Health and Primary Care, who discusses her journey to becoming a State Office of Rural Health (SORH) director, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on her state, and the work her office focuses on to support rural New Hampshire.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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States Are Getting Ready to Distribute COVID-19 Vaccines. What Do Their Plans Tell Us So Far?
Reviews and summarizes COVID-19 vaccination plans from 47 U.S. states and identifies common themes and concerns. Assesses states' progress in key areas: identifying priority populations, identifying the network of providers responsible for administering vaccines, developing the data collection and reporting systems, and laying out a communications strategy for the period before and during vaccination.
Additional links: State Plans
Author(s): Josh Michaud, Jennifer Kates, Rachel Dolan, Jennifer Tolbert
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Limited Access to Health Data on American Indian and Alaska Natives Impedes Population Health Insights
Presents a study on the lack of data on the health of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations. Evaluates 8 different sets of population health data for AI/AN-specific data. Features an infographic outlining the findings.
Additional links: Infographic
Author(s): Tara L. Becker, Susan H. Babey, Riti Shimkhada, et al.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
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The Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices' Ethical Principles for Allocating Initial Supplies of COVID-19 Vaccine — United States, 2020
Discusses four ethical principles that will inform the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices recommendations for the initial allocation of COVID-19 vaccine: maximizing benefits and minimizing harms; promoting justice; mitigating health inequities; and promoting transparency. The section on health inequities includes discussion of concerns for rural residents.
Author(s): Nancy McClung, Mary Chamberland, Kathy Kinlaw, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(47), 1782-1786
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Indian Health Service COVID-19 Pandemic Vaccine Plan
Highlights the Indian Health Service's plan for distributing the COVID-19 vaccination in Indian Country when it becomes available. Discusses the administration, distribution, and prioritization of the vaccine and features planning scenarios and facility planning resources.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Indian Health Service
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Key Considerations for Counties in COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Plans
Information and resources to help counties plan for an equitable distribution of the COVID-19 vaccine at the local level. Covers state distribution plans, background information, and county examples.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Counties
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Multiple COVID-19 Outbreaks Linked to a Wedding Reception in Rural Maine — August 7–September 14, 2020
Reports on a COVID-19 outbreak that began at a rural Maine wedding reception and spread in the local community and to a long-term care facility and a correctional facility in other counties. Discusses the impact of noncompliance with CDC's recommended mitigation measures.
Author(s): Parag Mahale, Craig Rothfuss, Sarah Bly, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(45), 1686-1690
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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COVID-19 Outbreak in an Amish Community — Ohio, May 2020
Reports on a COVID-19 outbreak in a rural Ohio Amish community. Discusses access to testing, provision of culturally responsive health education messages, and collaboration among health department staff and community leaders to help overcome cultural barriers.
Author(s): Hammad Ali, Karthik Kondapally, Paran Pordell, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(45), 1671-1674
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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COVID-19 Event Risk Assessment Planning Tool
Provides county-by-county data on the risk level related to COVID-19 of attending an event, given the event size and location. Covers events from 10 to 5,000 potential attendees.
Date: 11/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: Applied Bioinformatics Laboratory, Georgia Institute of Technology, Stanford University
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Deaths From COVID‐19 in Rural, Micropolitan, and Metropolitan Areas: A County‐Level Comparison
Presents a study on the difference in rates of mortality from COVID-19 in rural versus urban areas. Discusses the factors that predict COVID-19 mortality, such as elderly populations and limited access to healthcare, among others. Breaks down data in rural, metropolitan, and micropolitan counties and highlights COVID-19 cases, hospital beds, and unemployment rate, among other mortality measures in those counties.
Author(s): Saleema A. Karim, Hsueh-Fen Chen
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 11/2020
Type: Document
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