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Resources by Topic: Public health

A Century Later: Rural Public Health's Enduring Challenges and Opportunities
Discusses rural health disparities that have persisted over the past century, with information on infectious disease, access to healthcare, maternal and child health, and racial health disparities in the United States. Discusses public health challenges and solutions for rural communities.
Author(s): Erika Ziller, Carly Milkowski
Citation: American Journal of Public Health, e1-e9
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
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The Mississippi Delta Health Collaborative Medication Therapy Management Model: Public Health and Pharmacy Working Together to Improve Population Health in the Mississippi Delta
Examined the effects of a medication therapy management (MTM) intervention on patients in Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in the Mississippi Delta region. Includes data on clinical measures before and after MTM for patients with diabetes, hypertension, and/or dyslipidemia.
Author(s): Leigh Ann Ross, Lauren Bloodworth, Meagan Brown, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 17
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
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COVID-19 Vaccination Program Interim Playbook for Jurisdiction Operations
Offers state, tribal, territorial, and local public health programs guidance on planning and implementing COVID-19 vaccination programs within their jurisdictions. Provides information on identifying critical populations, recruiting and retaining providers, allocating and distributing COVID-19 vaccines, and more. Includes rural considerations.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Contact Tracing: Training New Workers and Connecting with Rural Residents
Discusses the role contact tracing plays in preventing further spread of the coronavirus in rural communities. Highlights an IHS hospital in Arizona and its in-person contact tracing initiative. Also covers contact tracing training strategies, featuring the work of Alaska's AHEC program, a center for public health in Washington, and a national public health foundation.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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COVID‐19 Death Rates Are Higher in Rural Counties With Larger Shares of Blacks and Hispanics
Highlights a study on the COVID-19 mortality rate of rural U.S. counties based on their racial/ethnic composition. Compares mortality rates of all nonmetro counties from March 2-July 26, 2020 and looks at the number of Black and Hispanic populations in those counties.
Author(s): Kent Jason G. Cheng, Yue Sun, Shannon M. Monnat
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
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Timing of State and Territorial COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Orders and Changes in Population Movement — United States, March 1–May 31, 2020
Reports on changes in population movement relative to COVID-19 stay-at-home orders issued from March 1 through May 31, 2020, based on anonymized location data from mobile devices. Includes data by county urban-rural classification using Rural-Urban Continuum Codes.
Additional links: Supplementary Table: Sample Size by Date of Stay-at-Home Order and Rural-Urban Strata
Author(s): Amanda Moreland, Christine Herlihy, Michael A. Tynan, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 69(35), 1198-1203
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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COVID-19 Reveals Emerging Opportunities for Rural Public Health
Explores potential and existing public health innovations that rural communities can implement to address challenges brought on or exacerbated during the COVID-19 pandemic, including lack of funding for local health departments, insufficient broadband, and more. Describes the expansion of telehealth services, discusses rural/urban disparities, and offers recommendations for improvement.
Author(s): Angela Dearinger
Citation: American Journal of Public Health, 110(9), 1277-1278.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
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Alaska Coronavirus Response Hub
Presents regularly updated data on the COVID-19 pandemic in Alaska. Features reports, FAQs, and interactive maps detailing COVID-19 data.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Alaska Department of Health and Social Services
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COVID-19 in Rural America - September 10, 2020
Reports on COVID-19 cases in rural areas between February 20, 2020 and September 10, 2020. Includes maps and charts looking at changes over time, comparing nonmetro to metro cases, and examining rural per capita COVID-19 rates. Based on data collected by the New York Times.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Housing Assistance Council
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Indian Health Service - COVID-19 Webinar Recordings
Features a number of webinar recordings of Indian Health Service trainings related to COVID-19. Discusses issues such as emotional well-being, domestic violence, and telebehavioral health in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Indian Health Service
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