Rural Health Resources by Topic: Rural definitions
Redefining Urban Areas Following the 2020 Census
Provides an overview of changes made to the U.S. Census Bureau urban area criteria following the 2020 Census. Covers the minimum population threshold, housing unit density, and the decision to cease distinguishing between different types of urban areas.
Author(s): Michael Ratcliffe Date: 12/2022 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau view details
Measuring Rurality in Health Services Research: A Scoping Review
Analyzes peer-reviewed journals between 2010 and 2020 to provide a scoping review of the different methods of rurality defined and used in health services research. Examines 103 full-text studies across various journals to observe different measures of rurality. Includes discussion about the benefits and drawbacks of the respective measures of rurality and how inconsistent use of measures impacts federal funding and the study of rural health disparities.
Author(s): Robin Danek, Justin Blackburn, Marion Greene, Olena Mazurenko, Nir Menachemi Citation: BMC Health Services Research, 22, 1340 Date: 11/2022 Type: Document view details
Rural Hospital Services Strategic Plan Progress Report
Reports on the progress, strategies, and milestones of the Rural Hospital Services Strategic Plan, as required by the Texas Legislature. Discusses the status of strategies related to Medicaid reimbursements, rural hospital revenue opportunities, and challenges providing care to patients covered by Medicare and other payers. Outlines future strategic and operational goals to support rural hospitals and offers a map of hospitals affected by new rural definitions.
Date: 11/2022 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Texas Health and Human Services view details
Defining Census Bureau Urban Areas
Provides an overview of how the Census Bureau defines urban and rural areas. Transcript available in the video description.
Date: 09/2022 Type: Video/Multimedia Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau view details
Defining Rural America: The Consequences of How We Count
Discusses several federal definitions of rural and the implications of using different definitions. Compares how U.S. Census Bureau and Office Management and Budget (OMB) characterize rural America. Offers principles on how to choose which definition to use to describe rural areas.
Date: 07/2022 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Center on Rural Innovation view details
Defining Rural: Making Choices Among Different Definitions of Rural
Webinar outlining the various definitions of rural with a focus on Texas. Includes a demonstration of the Rural Health Information Hub's "Am I Rural?" tool. Transcript for video available by clicking three dots under the video.
Date: 06/2022 Type: Video/Multimedia Sponsoring organization: University of Texas at Arlington Center for Rural Health and Nursing view details
Definition and Categorization of Rural and Assessment of Realized Access to Care
Examines Health Information National Trends Survey data to determine how 3 different definitions of rural change healthcare utilization, perceived quality, and perceived provider attentiveness metrics. Considers Urban Influence Codes (UIC), Rural-Urban Continuum Codes (RUCC), and Rural-Urban Commuting Area (RUCA).
Author(s): Whitney E. Zahnd, Natalie Del Vecchio, Natoshia Askelson, et al. Citation: Health Services Research, 57(3), 693-702 Date: 06/2022 Type: Document view details
Health Panel Comment Letter – Promoting Telehealth in Rural America
Offers comments in response to the Federal Communications Commission's proposed rule for Promoting Telehealth in America. Discusses rural classifications for healthcare providers, defining rural areas for program participation, and an alternative method to determine degrees of rurality.
Date: 04/2022 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: Rural Policy Research Institute Rural Health Panel view details
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 view details
Urban Area Criteria for the 2020 Census-Final Criteria
Outlines the final criteria for defining urban areas based on the 2020 decennial census. Adopts a housing unit density threshold of 385 housing units per square mile as the primary criterion for determining whether a census block qualifies for inclusion in an urban area and that an area will qualify as urban if it contains at least 2,000 housing units or has a population of at least 5,000. Explains that the Census Bureau will no longer differentiate urbanized areas from smaller urban areas.
Date: 03/2022 Type: Document Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau view details