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Resources by Topic: Racial and ethnic groups

Evaluating Disparities in Traffic Fatalities by Race, Ethnicity, and Income
Describes disparities in traffic safety among different race-ethnicity groups and income rates, based on fatal police-reported motor vehicle traffic crashes from 2014-2018 on public roadways. Explores the effect of risky behaviors on fatalities including alcohol use, restraint use, handheld electronic device use, and speeding. Features statistics including distribution of traffic fatalities by race-ethnicity in 2018, with breakdowns by urban and rural areas.
Author(s): Donna Glassbrenner, Gabrielle Herbert, Leah Reish, Caitlin Webb, Tonja Lindsey
Date: 09/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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Certain Medicare Beneficiaries, Such as Urban and Hispanic Beneficiaries, Were More Likely Than Others To Use Telehealth During the First Year of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Data brief examining telehealth usage by Medicare beneficiaries during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, noting rural and urban differences, state-level trends, and usage by race/ethnicity and age according to Medicare Advantage and fee-for-service claims data. Offers policy recommendations and agency responses.
Date: 09/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Office of Inspector General (HHS)
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The University of Arizona Center for Rural Health Annual Report, FY 2022
Highlights the Center for Rural Health's accomplishments, and describes challenges and opportunities for improving the health of rural Arizonans in the upcoming year. Discusses the Arizona Rural Hospital Flexibility program (AzFLEX, the Arizona Small Rural Hospital Improvement Program (AzSHIP), and other programs.
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Center for Rural Health
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Assisting American Indian and Alaska Native Consumers
Presentation slides discuss the ACA health insurance marketplace, the Indian Health Services, and provides information for American Indian and Alaska Native people pertaining to healthcare coverage. Presents guidance for AI/AN people to ensure they have consistent healthcare coverage.
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Tribal Economic Development: Action is Needed to Better Understand the Extent of Federal Support
Report examining federal support across various agencies for economic development in tribal communities, including support for tribal governments and businesses. Describes challenges related to reporting, assessing the impacts of tax incentives, and program eligibility for Native Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs).
Additional links: Accessible PDF, Fast Facts, Highlights Page
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Providing High-Quality Support to Pregnant People and Their Families in Racially Diverse Rural Communities
Presents a series of case studies of how hospitals and health systems with obstetric units in racially diverse rural communities work to meet patient needs and provide evidence-based, supportive services during pregnancy, childbirth, and the postpartum period. Highlights communities in Colorado, Alaska, and Texas and discusses key features of programs at hospitals or health systems in each area.
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Availability of Pharmacies in Minoritized Racial/Ethnic Areas
Explores the availability of pharmacies nationwide across ZIP Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs) categorized by rurality and racial and ethnic composition. Provides data on the the number of pharmacies per capita by ZCTA rurality and minoritized ethnic and racial group category and the distribution of urban and rural ZCTAs that do not have a pharmacy by ethnic and racial group.
Author(s): Whitney E. Zahnd, Gabriel Benavidez, Oyeleye Oyesode, et al.
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center)
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Availability of Medicare-Certified Hospice Services in Minoritized Racial/Ethnic Group Areas
Explores the availability of hospice care nationwide across ZIP Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs) categorized by rurality and racial and ethnic composition. Provides data on the characteristics of hospice providers that serve rural areas and a high proportion of minoritized ethnic and racial groups, as well as the percent of ZCTAs served by one or no hospice providers by Rural-Urban Commuting Area (RUCA) Code.
Author(s): Janice C. Probst, Nicholas Yell, Gabriel Benavidez, Jan Eberth, Melinda Merrell
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center)
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Availability of Home Health Services in Minoritized Racial/Ethnic Group Areas
Explores the availability of home health care nationwide across ZIP Code Tabulation Areas (ZCTAs) categorized by rurality and racial and ethnic composition. Provides data on the characteristics of home health agencies that serve rural areas and a high proportion of minoritized ethnic and racial groups, as well as the percent of ZCTAs served by one or no home health agencies by Rural-Urban Commuting Area (RUCA) Code.
Author(s): Janice C. Probst, Gabriel Benavidez, Nicholas Yell, Jan Eberth, Melinda Merrell
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center)
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New Mexico Substance Use Epidemiology Profile
Provides county-level data on substance use in New Mexico for youth and adults, with breakdowns by race/ethnicity. Covers alcohol, illicit drugs, tobacco, and mental health. Addresses deaths due to drug overdoses, smoking, alcohol, and suicide; and alcohol-related chronic disease and motor vehicle crashes. Includes emergency room visits related to opioid overdoses, and chronic liver disease hospital discharges.
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Department of Health
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