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Resources by Topic: Public health

Child Sexual Abuse and Exploitation in Pennsylvania
Presents an overview of child sexual abuse and exploitation in Pennsylvania. Highlights specific issues in rural areas and compares rural and urban areas in the state. Details conclusions and makes policy recommendations.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Sarah A. Font, Sheridan Miyamoto, Casey N. Pinto
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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A Bivariate Mapping Tutorial for Cancer Control Resource Allocation Decisions and Interventions
Discusses the utility of geographic information systems software (ArcGIS) with public health data to inform resource allocation and public health interventions for cancer control planning. Provides step-by-step guidance for developing a bivariate choropleth map (map of two variables) using county data from South Carolina's Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System for cervical cancer screening, and data on the availability of cervical cancer screening providers in South Carolina's Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program.
Author(s): Claire Biesecker, Whitney E. Zahnd, Heather M. Brandt, Swann Arp Adams, Jan M. Eberth
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 17
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
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Traffic Safety Facts, 2018 Data: Alcohol-Impaired Driving
Explores national data on traffic crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers. Compares factors such as road conditions, time of the year, and rural versus urban roads, among others.
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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Taney County Health Department: Accreditation and Holding to a Higher Standard
Describes how Missouri's Taney County Health Department has used voluntary national and state accreditation to help meet their county's public health needs. Offers tips for other rural public health departments considering accreditation.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Understanding Rural Health Departments: Do They Have Unique Accreditation Needs?
Discusses how governance, organizational size, and other factors impact rural local health departments' ability to pursue voluntary accreditation.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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It's Possible: Voluntary Accreditation for Rural Public Health Departments
Provides an overview of the public health department accreditation process. Discusses service differences between rural and urban public health departments. Offers advice for rural departments pursuing accreditation.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 12/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Nutrition Assistance Programs: Agencies Could Do More to Help Address the Nutritional Needs of Older Adults
Report focuses on the shortcomings of the federal nutrition guidelines in meeting the nutritional needs of older adults. Bases recommendations on interviews with older adults in both rural and urban areas.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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HIV/AIDS in Rural America
Webinar recording discusses a report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) on th HIV incidence across the country, an HHS initiative to combat the spread of HIV, and Ryan White HIV/AIDS providers in rural areas. Features presentations from representatives from the CDC, HRSA, and Medical Advocacy and Outreach.
Additional links: Audio Recording, PowerPoint Handout, Webinar Transcript
Date: 11/2019
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Differences in Preventive Care Among Rural Residents by Race and Ethnicity
Explores race and ethnicity as a factor in rural preventive care delivery. Breaks down vaccination rates and cancer rates by race/ethnicity and discusses potential implications of the findings.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith, Marizen R. Ramirez, Ashley Hernandez, Rachel Hardeman, Katy Kozhimannil
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Agua4All: Providing Safe Drinking Water in Rural California Communities
Describes a safe drinking water program established in 2014 in 2 rural San Joaquin Valley communities. Examines the program's feasibility, acceptability, and effect on residents' water intake at 12 study sites. Features statistics including demographic characteristics of the communities, and daily volume of drinking water at the study sites from 2014-2016.
Author(s): Anisha I. Patel, Amelie A. Hecht, Karla E. Hampton, Christina Hecht, Sarah Buck
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 16
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
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