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Resources by Topic: Public health

Rural Health Opioid Program Funds Care Coordination Efforts for Recovery
Highlights programs funded by the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy that provide opioid treatment and recovery care coordination. An Ohio program uses care coordination in an existing syringe exchange program and county family drug court, a Kentucky program focuses on helping prisoners, and a Montana program reaches new and expectant mothers.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Designing for Rural Bicyclist Safety
Webinar recording discusses biking as a viable transportation option for rural communities and what can be done to make biking in rural areas safer and less stressful. Highlights the ways rural bikers navigate their communities.
Additional links: Webinar Recording, Webinar Slides
Date: 08/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Rural Road Safety
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2018 Annual Surveillance Report of Drug-related Risks and Outcomes
Summarizes latest information on opioid prescribing from 2006-2017; drug use, misuse, and substance use disorder from 2014-2015; nonfatal overdose hospitalizations and emergency department visits from 2015; and drug overdose mortality from 1999-2016. Features statistics with breakdowns by large metropolitan, small metropolitan, non-metropolitan urbanized, non-metropolitan less urbanized, and completely rural. Highlights notable differences in the report from 2017 to 2018.
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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California's Fourth Climate Change Assessment
Addresses how climate change may impact public and environmental health in California to guide decision-making. Discusses the implications for tribal and rural communities throughout. Includes statewide and regional reports, as well as technical reports and tools.
Date: 08/2018
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: California Natural Resources Agency, State of California Energy Commission, State of California Governor's Office of Planning and Research
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National, Regional, State, and Selected Local Area Vaccination Coverage Among Adolescents Aged 13–17 Years — United States, 2017
Reports on adolescent vaccination coverage in the United States, based on data from the 2017 National Immunization Survey–Teen (NIS-Teen). Includes data for nonmetropolitan areas. Vaccination coverage estimates are provided for tetanus, diphtheria, and acellular pertussis (Tdap); meningococcal conjugate (MenACWY); human papillomavirus (HPV); hepatitis B; measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR); and varicella.
Author(s): Tanja Y. Walker, Laurie D. Elam-Evans, David Yankey, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 67(33), 909-917
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Health Impacts of Opioid Misuse in Alaska
Report details the health outcomes of the opioid crisis in Alaska. Discusses patterns of use, morbidity, mortality, and treatment. Breaks down data by sex, race, type of opioid, and region.
Author(s): Jessica Filley, Deborah Hull-Jilly
Citation: State of Alaska Epidemiology Bulletin, 20(3)
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Division of Public Health
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Zika in Babies in US Territories
Provides an overview of the Zika infection in pregnancy and its impact on babies. Focuses on babies born in American Samoa, the Federated States of Micronesia, Puerto Rico, the Republic of Marshall Islands, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Identifies what health departments, healthcare providers, and parents can do.
Additional links: Fact Sheet, Video
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Vital Signs: Zika-Associated Birth Defects and Neurodevelopmental Abnormalities Possibly Associated with Congenital Zika Virus Infection — U.S. Territories and Freely Associated States, 2018
Focuses on children one year of age or younger born in the U.S. territories and freely associated states whose mothers had laboratory evidence of confirmed or possible Zika virus infection during pregnancy and who had follow-up care reported. Reports data on Zika-associated birth defects and neurodevelopmental abnormalities possibly associated with congenital Zika virus infection.
Author(s): Marion E. Rice, Romeo R. Galang, Nicole M. Roth, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 67(31), 858-867
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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School District Crisis Preparedness, Response, and Recovery Plans — United States, 2006, 2012, and 2016
Examines crisis preparedness in schools, with data on urban, suburban, town, and rural areas. Includes information on district requirements for school preparedness related to family reunification procedures, pandemic influenza or other infectious disease outbreak response, provisions for special needs or mental health services, and funding for or provision of crisis preparedness training.
Author(s): Judy Kruger, Nancy Brener, Rebecca Leeb, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 67(30), 809-814
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Death Certificates: A Closer Look at Detail
Provides an overview of the death certificate document and filing process.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 08/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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