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Resources by Topic: Rural-urban differences

Mortality Rates Have Increased for Working-age Rural Adults Since 2000
Line chart showing the change in mortality rates for nonmetropolitan and metropolitan residents, comparing 3-year averages for 1999-2001 and 2013-2015. Data is presented by age group.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Rural-Urban Enrollment in Part D Prescription Drug Plans: June 2017 Update
Updates prior policy briefs and shows state-to-state variation in stand-alone prescription drug plans and Medicare Advantage with Prescription Drug plans. Features statistics with breakdowns by rural and urban enrollment in 2008 and 2017.
Author(s): Paula Weigel, Fred Ullrich, Keith Mueller
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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Characteristics of Inpatient Stays Involving Hepatitis C, 2005-2014
Examines adult hospitalizations involving hepatitis C in 2014. Includes data by age group for hepatitis C inpatient stays for metropolitan, micropolitan, and noncore (rural) areas.
Author(s): Quyen Ngo-Metzger, Iris Mabry-Hernandez, Kevin C. Heslin, et al.
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Racism and Health in Rural America
Commentary on the CDC MMWR report, Racial/Ethnic Health Disparities Among Rural Adults — United States, 2012-2015. Provides additional background information on rural communities and their diverse populations. Discusses how researchers, policymakers, and healthcare providers can address racial and ethnic health disparities in rural communities.
Author(s): Katy B. Kozhimannil, Carrie Henning-Smith
Location: Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved (pre-print)
Date: 12/2017
Type: Document
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Rural America in Crisis: The Changing Opioid Overdose Epidemic
Discusses the history of the opioid epidemic and its effect on rural communities, as well as key functions of public health programs that can help prevent opioid overdoses. Lists several resources regarding opioids and overdose prevention.
Author(s): Rita Noonan
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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ESRD Facility Characteristics by Rurality and Risk of Closure
Profiles rural end-stage renal disease (ESRD) facilities, especially the ones at greatest risk for closure. Examines the facilities' characteristics, quality of care, and distance their patients would need to travel if the facilities should close. Features statistics with breakdowns by urban and rural locations.
Author(s): Jan M. Eberth, Fozia Ajmal, Kevin Bennett, Janice C. Probst
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
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Injury Prevention and Control in Rural America - Insights from the CDC MMWR Rural Health Series
Webinar recording discusses the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) Rural Health Series on injury prevention in rural America. Details some of the most common injury-related causes of death in rural areas, such as motor vehicle deaths, suicide, and drug overdose, as well as the evidence-based public health strategies for countering these trends.
Additional links: Audio Recording, PowerPoint Handout, Webinar Transcript
Date: 11/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Pain in the Nation: The Drug, Alcohol and Suicide Crises and the Need for a National Resilience Strategy
Presents a report on the causes, costs, and potential solutions to the drug, alcohol, and suicide crisis in the U.S. Includes national report, as well as state-level reports and other materials aimed at addressing the prevalence of suicide and drug and alcohol addiction across the country.
Author(s): Laura M. Segal, Anne De Biasi, Jennifer L. Mueller, Consultant Kendra May, Molly Warren
Date: 11/2017
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Trust for America's Health
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Concentrated Poverty Increased in Both Rural and Urban Areas Since 2000, Reversing Declines in the 1990s
Reports on trends in poverty rates between the 2000 Decennial Census and 2011-2015 American Community Survey (ACS). Examines spatially concentrated poverty, with a map showing county-level poverty rates for nonmetropolitan counties. Compares metropolitan and nonmetropolitan poverty rates by race/ethnicity.
Author(s): Brian C. Thiede, Hyojung Kim, Matthew Valasik
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Examining Exposure to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) among South Carolina Adults
Poster presentation examining adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) among South Carolina adults by rural versus urban residence, adult physical and mental health status, and alcohol use. Includes statistics on ACE exposure by poor physical health, mental distress, and gender. Covers public policy and program applications.
Author(s): Elizabeth Radcliff, Elizabeth Crouch, Melissa Strompolis
Date: 11/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
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