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Cosecha: A Statewide Promotor de Salud Network to Attain Equity in Accessing COVID-19 Services in Florida's Farmworker Corridor
Describes the activities of a network of promotores de salud, or community health workers, promoting equitable access to COVID-19 services, including vaccination, among rural, migrant Latinx farmworkers in Florida from November 2021 to July 2022. Discusses program implementation, evaluation, sustainability, outcomes, and more.
Author(s): Anna Villagomez, Robin Lewy, Bruce Tyler, Jonathan Castro, Zorayda Avila
Citation: American Journal of Public Health, 114(S1), S74-S77
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
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Driver Electronic Device Use in 2022
National data on driver use of electronic devices from 2013-2022. Features statistics on percentage of drivers holding cellphones to their ears, speaking with visible headsets, and visibly manipulating handheld devices while driving, with breakdowns including age, gender, race, and urban or rural location. Includes tables listing states banning texting and use of handheld cellphones while driving, as of June 2022.
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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Critical Access Hospital-Local Health Department Partnerships to Address Rural Community Needs
Explores Critical Access Hospital (CAH) involvement in collaborative community health networks that include local public health departments (LHDs), other healthcare organizations, social service agencies, and other community organizations. Uses survey data from the American Hospital Association (AHA) to describe the collaborative partnerships CAHs are engaged in, the organizations with which they partner, and the activities these partnerships undertake. Presents findings from qualitative interviews with four pairs of CAH and LHD leaders regarding challenges and lessons learned from these local-level collaborations. Identifies three areas of activity - community health needs assessments, emergency preparedness planning, and emergent public health crises - that provide an opportunity to encourage collaboration between CAHs and LHDs and address priority needs
Author(s): Zachariah Croll, Celia Jewell, John Gale
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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Implementation of a Mobile Health Clinic Framework for Hepatitis C Virus Screening and Treatment: A Descriptive Study
Examines the effectiveness of utilizing mobile health clinics (MHC) for Hepatitis C Virus (HCV) treatment in underserved areas. Analyzes HCV screening and treatment rates of an MHC program initiated by Clemson Rural Health in South Carolina and discusses the impact of MHCs to provide healthcare access in rural and underserved areas.
Author(s): Lior Rennert, Kerry A. Howard, Caitlin M. Kickham, et al.
Citation: The Lancet Regional Health - Americas, 29
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
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Traffic Safety Culture: Conduct of Research Report
Provides information related to traffic safety culture, including a literature review, engagement efforts from stakeholders, a research roadmap, and research need statements. Includes cultural and safety considerations for organizations and transportation agencies in rural and tribal areas.
Additional links: Read Online
Author(s): National Cooperative Highway Research Program
Date: 2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Transportation Research Board
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Traffic Safety Culture Research Roadmap
Provides information and a roadmap related to traffic safety culture, including research gaps and roadmap structure, explanation of research needs, a background on traffic safety culture, and research need statements. Includes cultural and safety considerations for organizations and transportation agencies in rural and tribal areas.
Additional links: Read Online
Author(s): National Cooperative Highway Research Program
Date: 2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, Transportation Research Board
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Pediatric Vaccination Rates in Rural America
Policy position paper regarding declining vaccination rates of children in rural communities. Compares rural and urban childhood vaccination rates and the potential for increasing health disparities. Describes a "5As of vaccine access" policy framework to evaluate current and future immunization policies and proposals. Offers recommended actions for federal, state, and local governments and organizations to improve rural vaccine uptake.
Author(s): Cynthia Calixte, Nitika Moibi, Andrea Stephenson Royster
Date: 12/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Rural Health Association
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Virginia Oral Health Workforce Gap Assessment
Report describing challenges in ensuring that all Virginians have equitable access oral healthcare, and offering an actionable framework for addressing them. Features statistics on the Virginia oral healthcare workforce, including numbers of dentists and dental hygienists, numbers of dentists treating Medicaid patients by year from 2012-2022, and a map showing dental Health Professional Shortage Areas. Includes information about the Virginia state loan repayment program for eligible providers.
Date: 12/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Health Catalyst
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Urban and Rural Healthcare Providers' Perspectives on HPV Vaccination in Minnesota
Reports findings from a set of 20 qualitative interviews with urban and rural adolescent healthcare providers and clinic staff in Minnesota. Examines provider strategies used when discussing HPV, COVID-19, and other adolescent vaccines, as well as perceptions of parental opinions on adolescent vaccination. Discusses rural cultural values that impact rural provider strategies for promoting vaccination.
Author(s): Elizabeth J. Polter, Ben Christianson, Anne Steinberg, et al.
Citation: Human Vaccines & Immunotherapeutics, 19(3), 2291859
Date: 12/2023
Type: Document
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Influenza, Updated COVID-19, and Respiratory Syncytial Virus Vaccination Coverage Among Adults — United States, Fall 2023
Reports on vaccination coverage among adults 18 years and older as of December 9, 2023 for influenza, COVID-19, and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). Figure 2 includes data on vaccination and intent to be vaccinated for rural, suburban, and urban areas.
Author(s): Carla L. Black, Jennifer L. Kriss, Hilda Razzaghi, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 72(51), 1377-1382
Date: 12/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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