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Resources by Topic: Research methods and resources

Evaluation of a Civic Engagement Approach to Catalyze Built Environment Change and Promote Healthy Eating and Physical Activity among Rural Residents: A Cluster (Community) Randomized Controlled Trial
Provides an overview of a study that will analyze the Change Club (CC) intervention that focuses on built environment and health behaviors in rural communities. The CC intervention utilizes the civic engagement interventions for built environment change (CEBEC) approach to promote nutrition and physical activity. Discusses research plan for recruiting participants, conducting interventions, assessing and evaluating the program, and disseminating data and results.
Author(s): Rebecca A. Seguin-Fowler, Karla L. Hanson, Deyaun Villarreal, et al.
Citation: BMC Public Health, 22, 1674
Date: 09/2022
Type: Document
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2022 Key Rural Measures: An Updated List of Measures to Advance Rural Health Priorities
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: 08/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Quality Forum
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Measuring the Effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic on Diné and White Mountain Apache School Personnel, Families, and Students: Protocol for a Prospective Longitudinal Cohort Study
Examines the protocol for the "Project SafeSchools" (PSS) study, which aims to analyze barriers, facilitators, and overall educational, social-emotional, and health impacts of reopening schools on the Diné Nation and the White Mountain Apache Tribal lands after COVID-19 closures. Discusses recruitment, participatory research model, community engagement, and data collection methods.
Author(s): Joshuaa D. Allison-Burbank, Allison Ingalls, Paul Rebman, et al.
Citation: BMC Public Health 22, 1481
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
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National Research Action Plan on Long COVID
Provides a comprehensive research strategy to inform the national response to Long COVID's impacts. Addresses research needs focused on Long COVID causes and consequences, underlying biological mechanisms, effective therapies, and services and supports for people experiencing Long COVID, including those living in rural areas.
Date: 08/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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A Closer Look at Rural Populations: Multistate Research Monitors Changes and Issues Affecting Rural Areas
Highlights the work of the Hatch Multistate Research Project "W4001: Social, Economic and Environmental Causes and Consequences of Demographic Change in Rural America." Outlines the key issues identified by the project, including population trends, health crises, natural resources, natural disasters, and diversity, equity, inclusion, and access.
Author(s): Sara Delheimer
Date: 07/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Institute of Food and Agriculture
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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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Implementation of a Maternal Child Knowledgebase
Describes the development and implementation of the Maternal-Child Knowledgebase (MCK), an Obstetrics and Gynecology-focused enterprise data warehouse that integrates pregnancy and care data for patients of the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics to facilitate maternal and women's health surveillance and research. Offers an overview of the MCK architecture, interface, security, and data governance, and notes the need for maternal and child health data to address rural disparities
Author(s): Donna A. Santillan, Mark K. Santillan, Heather A. Davis, et al.
Citation: AMIA Annual Symposium Proceedings Archive, 2022, 432-438
Date: 05/2022
Type: Document
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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, 63(2), 49-57
Date: 04/2022
Type: Document
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