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Reducing Maternal Mortality, a Healthy People 2030 Leading Health Indicator
Provides an overview of maternal mortality and public health strategies to address maternal health. Includes maternal health resources related to priority issues of the Healthy People 2030 framework, with references to rural maternal health disparities.
Author(s): Corinne Gillenwater
Date: 06/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Association of State and Territorial Health Officials
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A Guide to Building a Climate-Ready Rural Workforce
Guides local health departments in establishing and expanding climate and health programs for rural areas. Discusses climate-related environmental health challenges and activities, including sections on surveillance and data use, partnerships, communication and outreach, workforce development, and mental health.
Author(s): Nikita Kheni, Angana Roy, Aliya Al-Sadi, Beth Hess
Date: 06/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of County and City Health Officials
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Rural Road Safety Funding at the US Department of Transportation: Example Projects from 2022
Compiles a selection of projects from certain U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) discretionary and non-discretionary grant programs intended to address rural road safety. Helps prospective rural applicants understand how USDOT grants have previously been used to improve rural road safety, and showcases the importance of safety across USDOT grant programs.
Date: 06/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Transportation
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2023 Immunization Profile Study: A Look at Immunization Capacity among Local Health Departments
Reports survey results from 422 local health departments (LHDs) on immunization workforce capacity, vaccine provision and uptake, funding and reimbursement, immunization data capacity, barriers to vaccination, and more in 2023. Includes data comparisons of small, medium, and large LHDs.
Author(s): Margaret C. Cunningham, Amy Maxson, Robin Mowson, et al.
Date: 06/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of County and City Health Officials
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Reimagining Rural Health Equity: Understanding Disparities and Orienting Policy, Practice, and Research in Rural America
Commentary piece discussing public health disparities and disadvantage in rural areas. Proposes five principles for policy, research, and practice in support of health equity. Includes coverage of rural leadership and assets, rural characteristics, and the value of rural-specific interventions, among other topics.
Author(s): Anne N. Sosin, Elizabeth A. Carpenter-Song
Citation: Health Affairs, 43(6), 791-797
Date: 06/2024
Type: Document
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Health Disparities in Tennessee
Examines health disparities experienced by Tennessee residents. Measures include life expectancy, health equity, healthcare access, mental health and trauma, infectious disease, chronic disease, cancer, reproductive health, and age-specific health. Features statistics with breakdowns by race, ethnicity, gender, and urban or rural location.
Date: 05/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Tennessee Department of Health
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COVID-19 Vaccination Site Accessibility, United States, December 11, 2020–March 29, 2022
Analyzes the accessibility of COVID-19 vaccination sites via walking and driving time. Includes state-level graphs and maps that provide visual data on COVID-19 immunization access, as well as comparisons across noncore, metropolitan, small metropolitan, medium metropolitan, large fringe metropolitan, and large central metropolitan locations.
Author(s): Randy Yee, David Carranza, Christine Kim, et al.
Citation: Emerging Infectious Diseases, 30(5), 947-955
Date: 05/2024
Type: Document
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Benefits, Challenges, and Strategies Related to Using Presumptive Recommendations for HPV Vaccination: A Qualitative Study with Rural and Non-Rural-Serving Primary Care Professionals
Examines the use of presumptive recommendations that assume parents will want to vaccinate, a strategy aimed at improving HPV vaccination uptake in rural and non-rural primary care clinics in North Carolina. Analyzes interview data from primary care professionals (PCPs) about the impact of presumptive recommendations, focusing on issues such as patient trust and cultural sensitivity.
Author(s): Olufeyisayo O. Odebunmi, Lisa P. Spees, Caitlin B. Biddell, et al.
Citation: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics, 20(1)
Date: 05/2024
Type: Document
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Overdose Responses among Rural People Who Use Drugs: A Multi-Regional Qualitative Study
Analyzes qualitative data from 7 Rural Opioid Initiative studies on peer responses to overdose. Identifies themes related to naloxone administration, overdose reversal strategies, willingness to call 911, perceptions of first responders, and access to medical intervention. Discusses public health approaches to increasing access to care and effectiveness of overdose response in rural areas.
Author(s): Robin Baker, Rob J Fredericksen, Abby E Rudolph, et al.
Citation: Harm Reduction Journal, 21, 107
Date: 05/2024
Type: Document
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Sentinel Enhanced Dengue Surveillance System — Puerto Rico, 2012–2022
Highlights the results of viral Dengue surveillance in Puerto Rico from May, 2012 to December, 2022. Details and tracks the various forms of illnesses that Dengue presents as. Discusses other diseases caught via the surveillance, such as Zika, COVID-19, and other respiratory viruses.
Author(s): Zachary J. Madewell, Alfonso C. Hernandez-Romieu, Joshua M. Wong, et al.
Citation: MMWR Surveillance Summaries, 73(3), 1-29
Date: 05/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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