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Resources by Topic: Research methods and resources

The Unreachable Doorbells of South Texas: Community Engagement in Colonias on the US-Mexico Border for Mosquito Control
Describes community engagement efforts for mosquito surveillance and control in colonias along south Texas's Lower Rio Grande Valley. Discusses the importance of community involvement in developing communications materials and recommendations for engagement, presenting lessons learned from outreach to 6 colonias in Hidalgo County.
Author(s): Jose G. Juarez, Ester Carbajal, Katherine L. Dickinson, et al.
Citation: BMC Public Health, 22, 1176
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
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2022 Key Rural Measures: An Updated List of Measures to Advance Rural Health Priorities
Draft report updating a list of key rural measures focused on rural access to care originally outlined in A Core Set of Rural-Relevant Measures and Measuring and Improving Access to Care: 2018 Recommendations from the MAP Rural Health Workgroup. Identifies 17 measures to add to the 2018 list of rural measures, including items related to behavioral and mental health, substance use, infectious disease, access to care, and equity and social determinants of health. Discusses remaining gaps in measurement topic areas.
Date: 06/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Quality Forum
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Mastering Complex Geographies on data.census.gov
Webinar recording discusses how to use the data.census.gov mapping feature to identify complex geographies. Highlights tips and tricks for identifying and mapping different datasets on rural and tribal areas.
Additional links: Presentation Slides
Date: 05/2022
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Mapping Mobility: Utilizing Local-Knowledge-Derived Activity Space to Estimate Exposure to Ambient Air Pollution among Individuals Experiencing Unsheltered Homelessness
Analyzes air pollution exposure for individuals experiencing homelessness in semi-rural areas. Utilizes local knowledge mapping of 62 unhoused participants to estimate the amount of fine particulate matter (PM) exposure. Discusses research methods to appropriately measure air pollution for vulnerable populations in rural and semi-rural areas.
Author(s): Maeve G. MacMurdo, Karen B. Mulloy, Daniel A. Culver, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19(10), 5842
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
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A Decade of Nutrition and Health Disparities Research at NIH, 2010–2019
Examines the research done in the last decade by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) related to nutrition and health disparities. Includes discussions on recommended studies and grants to reduce health disparities in special populations, such as American Indian, rural, minority groups, and more.
Author(s): Alison G.M. Brown, Scarlet Shi, Samantha Adas, et al.
Citation: American Journal of Preventative Medicine
Date: 04/2022
Type: Document
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Identification of Cancer Related Risk and Protective Factors for American Indian Youth: A Mixed Studies Review
Analyzes 75 journal articles to identify cancer related themes impacting the health of American Indian youth. Discusses risk and protective factors at the individual, non-family relationship, family relationship, community, institutional, and cultural level. Highlights the need for better data collection tools and describes potential interventions on the part of tribal communities.
Author(s): Melanie Nadeau, Kathryn Wise, Vianca Farfan Cuela, Devon Olson, Karan Saravana
Citation: Frontiers in Public Health
Date: 04/2022
Type: Document
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The Codes of Care: How Words and Numbers Have Transformative Power for Rural Healthcare
Describes the process of translating clinical documentation into medical codes and the impact coding has on healthcare quality and population health. Highlights coding issues specific to rural settings. Also discusses graduate medical education efforts addressing clinical documentation and medical coding.
Author(s): Kay Miller Temple
Date: 04/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Reimagining Rural: Shifting Paradigms About Health and Well-Being in the Rural United States
Discusses ways to address health disparities in rural areas with a focus on shifting away from the deficit narrative of rural places. Explores definitions of rural, the diversity and intersectionality of rural citizens, and how to conduct participatory community research to promote partnerships and health equity in rural communities.
Author(s): R.A. Afifi, E.A. Parker, G. Dino, D.M. Hall, B. Ulin
Citation: Annual Review of Public Health, 43, 135-154
Date: 04/2022
Type: Document
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Codesigning a Community-Based Participatory Research Project to Assess Tribal Perspectives on Privacy and Health Data Sharing: A Report from the Strong Heart Study
Presents findings from a workshop on health data privacy and sharing preferences with 14 tribal leaders whose communities are involved in the Strong Hearts Study. Discusses protocol for consulting tribal communities prior to engaging in biomedical research, issues of data safety, and respecting the distinct preferences of communities.
Author(s): Cynthia Triplett, Burgundy J. Fletcher, Riley I Taitingfong, et al.
Citation: Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, ocac038
Date: 03/2022
Type: Document
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Strengthening Excellence in Research through Veteran Engagement (SERVE) Toolkit 2.0
Presents a toolkit to provide guidance for researchers looking to engage veterans in their research. Highlights successful practices and guidance for the implementation and evaluation of research-based programs. Discusses challenges and successes working with veterans from a number of different demographics, including rural.
Date: 03/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: VA Health Services Research & Development Service
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