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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Research methods and resources

FORHP Rural Health Investments by State
Shares information on Federal Office of Rural Health Policy (FORHP) investments in Fiscal Year 2021. Provides an overview of total FORHP rural health investments to respond to COVID-19, address opioid use disorder, support rural hospitals, and address other issues. Individual state fact sheets list grant and cooperative agreement recipients, award amounts, award recipient locations, and congressional districts.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Federal Office of Rural Health Policy
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Local Initiatives to Address Opioid Use Disorder
Describes opioid prevention and treatment research collaboratives in 6 communities, some of which are rural. Provides links to articles profiling each program in detail.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Pew Charitable Trusts
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Social Determinants of Health Database
Provides data files reflecting social determinants of health (SDOH) variables, including social context, economic context, education, physical infrastructure, and healthcare context that is linkable by county or zip code. Data are curated from federal and other public datasets.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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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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ICPSR: Find Data
A searchable collection of data, research studies, and publications on topics related to social and behavioral sciences. Most data sources included are public-use files with no access restrictions. Includes data from rural studies, as well as data sources that include rural-focused variables.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: ICPSR
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CRCAIH: All Training and Resources
A collection of training materials and other supporting resources to increase tribal communities' capacity for research and increase the amount of quality, innovative research in American Indian health. Includes tools focused on research methodology, research regulation, culture, community engagement, and more.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health
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Rural Health Research Gateway Videos
Collection of videos featuring rural health researchers discussing their work and describing the role of the federally-funded rural health research centers.
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Research Gateway
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