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Resources by Topic: Research methods and resources

Use of Small-Area Estimates to Describe County-Level Geographic Variation in Prevalence of Extreme Obesity Among US Adults
Study examining the variability in prevalence of extreme obesity at the county level, using small-area estimation to pinpoint specific areas of high and low prevalence. Uses data from the 2012 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System and the U.S. Census Bureau to create county-level estimates for adults over 18 years of age. Discusses contrasting pictures of extreme obesity at a broad state level and at the county level, highlighting ranges of prevalence in select states and noting some areas of rural prevalence.
Author(s): Carrie W. Mills, Glen Johnson, Terry T. K. Huang, et al.
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 3(5), e204289
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
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Considerations for Defining Rural Places in Health Policies and Programs
Highlights key questions to be considered when evaluating a definition of rural that is most appropriate for a specific policy or program. Discusses the principles needed to drive rural definitions and the current challenges of changing rural definitions. Provides an overview of common rural definitions in use, and offers options for the development of new definitions and adjustments to current definitions.
Author(s): Keith J. Mueller, Andrew F. Coburn, Alana Knudson, Jennifer P. Lundblad, A. Clinton MacKinney, et al.
Date: 05/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute Rural Health Panel
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In Search of "Good" Rural Data: Measuring Rural Prosperity
Discusses the availability of data on rural communities, including economic, health, demographic, and geographic data, and issues that make rural data collection and reporting difficult. Compares 22 datasets, exploring what makes data collection difficult and what makes specific datasets challenging to work with. Addresses methods of locating good information in existing datasets, as well as steps toward improving data access.
Author(s): Corianne Payton Scally, Eric Burnstein, Matthew Gerken, Evelyn Immonen
Date: 04/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Aspen Institute, Housing Assistance Council, Urban Institute
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Exploring American Indian and Alaska Native Data on Census.gov
Webinar recording discusses the Census as source for resources and data about American Indian and Alaska Native populations and tribal geographies. Highlights the differences between, and how to find data for, AI/AN as a population group and tribal geographic area.
Additional links: Presentation Slides, Webinar Transcript
Date: 04/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Linking Research to Rural Communities with the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences
Webinar recording discusses the role translational research plays in addressing rural health disparities. Features presentations by representatives from RHIhub, the National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences, and the Translational Research Institute.
Additional links: Audio Recording, Presentation Slides, Webinar Transcript
Date: 03/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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2020 Census Resources for Rural Health Stakeholders
Features ideas and resources shared during a February 27, 2020, Twitter Chat for rural stakeholders interested in ensuring a complete 2020 Census count for hard-to-count populations. Explains the importance of an accurate Census count to census-guided funding.
Date: 03/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health, Rural Health Information Hub
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2020 Census Engagement Opportunities for Rural Health Stakeholders
#RuralHealthChat discusses the upcoming 2020 census and what's at stake for "hard-to-count" rural communities. Co-hosts RHIhub and NOSORH feature experts from the Census Project, the National Association of Counties, and the Rural Policy Institute, among others.
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Including Rural Populations in Research
Presents a video discussing the importance of researchers to include rural populations and rural programs in their healthcare research in order to achieve health equity and eliminate health disparities.
Author(s): Kristine Sande
Date: 02/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute
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Using Data to Define Rural Populations
Offers a step-by-step guide for developing a rural community baseline dataset, and identifies links to helpful resources and existing datasets, with the intent to help State Offices of Rural Health (SORH) focus on the demographics influencing health and the health needs of the rural communities within their state.
Date: 02/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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U.S. Census 2020: Engagement Opportunities for Rural Health Stakeholders
Discusses the U.S. Census Bureau's set of "Hard-to-Count" target areas for the 2020 census that include rural census tracts. Identifies ways in which rural stakeholders can use this information to engage healthcare providers in census support activities.
Citation: NOSORH Issue Brief, 2(3)
Date: 01/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health
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