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Resources by Topic: Racial and ethnic groups

Racial Residential Segregation and Colorectal Cancer Mortality in the Mississippi Delta Region
Investigates whether rurality influences the relationship between racial segregation and colorectal cancer (CRC) outcomes in the Mississippi Delta Region. Features county-level data on CRC mortality, with information broken down by race and rurality.
Author(s): Aaron Kruse-Diehr, Justin McDaniel, Marquita Lewis-Thames, Aimee James, Musa Yahaya
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 18
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
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Care Outcomes Among Black or African American Persons with Diagnosed HIV in Rural, Urban, and Metropolitan Statistical Areas — 42 U.S. Jurisdictions, 2018
Examines HIV care outcomes among Black people with diagnosed HIV infection living in rural (less than 50,000 population), urban (50,000–499,999 population), and metropolitan (500,000 population or more) areas. Provides rural/urban/metropolitan data by age group, gender, and transmission category addressing: stage of diagnosis, linkage to care within one month of diagnosis, and viral suppression within 6 months of diagnosis.
Author(s): Shacara Johnson Lyons, André F. Dailey, Chenchen Yu, Anna Satcher Johnson
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 70(7), 229-235
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Mapping Climate Risks by County and Community
Features maps depicting county-level data on various climate risks, including sea level rise, exposure to hurricanes and typhoons, extreme rainfall, and water and heat stress. Describes climate concerns facing rural communities, Appalachia, Native American lands, and others. Discusses how heat stress can affect health.
Author(s): Ari Pinkus
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Communities Project
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Indigenous Community Leadership in Response to COVID-19: A Call to Action for the Philanthropic Sector
Report discusses the effect of COVID-19 in tribal communities, the federal response to it, and the efforts of Native people to combat the disease. Highlights the role of foundations to fill in the gaps. Features perspectives from tribal communities. Includes highlight video.
Additional links: Highlight Video
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Native Americans in Philanthropy
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Medicaid's Role in Health Care for American Indians and Alaska Natives
Provides an overview of the federal government's role in providing healthcare to American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN). Discusses AI/AN demographics, economic and health disparities, and access to healthcare and insurance coverage. Describes the structure of the Indian Health Service (IHS), services provided, and IHS financing and spending. Highlights special rules and protections that apply to AI/AN Medicaid beneficiaries. Presents a series of policy issues that have been raised regarding the Medicaid and IHS relationship, as well as opportunities for improving Medicaid's role in providing healthcare to AI/AN populations.
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Medicaid and CHIP Payment and Access Commission
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COVID-19 Data - Situation Summary - IHS Vaccine Data
Highlights Indian Health Service COVID-19 vaccination data and compares distribution to the wider U.S. population as a whole. Draws data from the CDC's COVID Data Tracker.
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center
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The Intersection of Rural Residence and Minority Race/Ethnicity in Cancer Disparities in the United States
Examines differences in cancer rates and outcomes according to individuals' rural residence and race/ethnicity. Discusses the role racism and social determinants of health play in cancer disparities. Includes cancer incidence and mortality rates by racial/ethnic groups and rural versus urban location.
Author(s): Whitney Zahnd, Cathryn Murphy, Marie Knoll, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(4), 1384
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
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Montana Healthcare Foundation: Leveraging Funds, Providing Technical Assistance, and Supporting Public Health
An interview with Aaron Wernham and Scott Malloy of the Montana Healthcare Foundation, who share how their foundation responded to the COVID-19 pandemic. Highlights a grant application assistance initiative, telehealth technical assistance, behavioral health funding for county health departments, and webinars to clarify emergency declaration orders.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 02/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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COVID-19: Toolkit for Tribal Communities
Guidance and tools from the CDC to help tribal organizations make decisions related to the COVID-19 pandemic, communicate with members, and protect their communities. Includes information on vaccines and vaccination. Offers guidance and planning documents, fact sheets, social media messaging examples, and more.
Date: 02/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Rural Community Engagement for Health Disparities Research: The Unique Role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs)
Explores the potential of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HCBUs) to help reduce health disparities in rural communities of color. Highlights the Research with Care project, a collaboration between the North Carolina Central University and rural Halifax County, N.C. and discusses the expounding health disparities faced by people of color in rural areas, including COVID-19.
Author(s): Lorraine C. Taylor, Charity S. Watkins, Hannah Chesterton, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(1), 64
Date: 01/2021
Type: Document
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