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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Research methods and resources

Rural Health Disparities, Population Health, and Rural Culture
Commentary discussing the rural health disparities documented in Health United States, 2001, Urban and Rural Health Chartbook. Recommends branching out from the traditional focus of rural health policy and research on access to healthcare services toward initiatives that are based on models of population health. Identifies the risky health behaviors among rural populations that suggest a "rural culture" health determinant. Suggests that there may be environmental and cultural factors unique to towns or regions that affect health behavior and health.
Author(s): David Hartley
Citation: American Journal of Public Health, 94(10), 1675-1678
Date: 2004
Type: Document
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Rural Health Research In Progress in the Rural Health Research Centers Program, 7th Edition
Describes the research and policy analysis projects underway in March 2003 through the Rural Health Research Centers Program of the Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP), Health Resources and Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Date: 03/2003
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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Impacts of Multiple Race Reporting on Rural Health Policy and Data Analysis
Describes changes in federal standards for collecting data on race and ethnicity, as well as when specific data sources transition to the new approach. Discusses how rural health researchers can handle and present multiple race data and includes state-by-state data on multiple race residents for metropolitan and nonmetro counties.
Author(s): Randy Randolph, Rebecca Slifkin, Lynn Whitener, Anna Wulfsberg
Date: 05/2002
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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How State Rural Health Directors Obtain Policy-Relevant Research Information
Examines how State Office of Rural Health directors obtain information to support their policy activities and identifies specific information needs.
Author(s): Michael J. O'Grady, Curt D. Mueller, Gail R. Wilensky
Date: 03/2002
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
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Essential Research Issues in Rural Health: The State Rural Health Directors' Perspective
Focuses on the key issues confronting state rural health directors. The major research issues identified were workforce, mental health, EMS, telemedicine, and a lack of local data.
Author(s): Michael J. O'Grady, Curt D. Mueller, Gail R. Wilensky
Date: 03/2002
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis
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Development of a Research Agenda on the Issues of Access to Care and Reduction of Health Status Disparities of Rural African Americans in South Carolina
Explores disparities in health among rural African Americans and rural white South Carolina residents, based on data from a range of studies conducted in the 1990s.
Author(s): Michael E. Samuels, Janice C. Probst, Karen Willert, et al.
Date: 01/2001
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural and Minority Health Research Center (formerly the South Carolina Rural Health Research Center)
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Addressing the Health Needs of Rural Communities
A collection of Social Determinants of Health Academy trainings recorded in 2018 that explore issues impacting health in rural communities. Topics include collecting data in rural health centers and financing infrastructure development in rural areas.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership
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Data for Rural Analysis
A collection of resources to help policymakers and researchers identify and describe rural and urban areas. Lists tools that can be used to determine rural status and degree of rurality and find county-level socioeconomic data. Also identifies other sources of rural data.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Rural Health: Highlights of PCORI-Funded Projects
Summaries of rural health research and engagement projects funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Projects address a range of health conditions and other healthcare challenges that impact rural areas.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
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Rural Communities in Crisis: A Critical Count to Save Lives During the Opioid Epidemic
A method rural communities can use to estimate the size and characteristics of the population who inject drugs. Includes a toolkit describing the approach and an online calculation tool that can be used to estimate service needs in a community related to the opioid crisis.
Additional links: Calculation Tool, Toolkit: Applying Population Estimation Methods in Rural America
Type: Tool
Sponsoring organization: Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health
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