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Resources by Topic: Rural-urban differences

Reporting of Indian Health Service Coverage in the American Community Survey
Evaluates the extent to which American Indians and Alaska Natives (AIANs) misreport Indian Health Services (IHS) coverage in the American Community Services (ACS), as well as characteristics associated with false negative and false positive misreporting. Includes data on urban/rural residence. Findings based on a comparison of the IHS portion of the 2014 ACS health insurance question to whether or not individuals are in the 2014 IHS Patient Registration data.
Author(s): Renuka Bhaskar, Rachel M. Shattuck, James Noon
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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The Health Care Workforce: Addressing Shortages and Improving Care
Testimony in the U.S. Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions on May 22, 2018. Examines the growing problem of healthcare shortages in rural areas and the response by the federal government. Also explores how well healthcare professionals are being trained and why they choose the geographical areas where they work. Focuses on shortages of physicians, nurses, and professionals specializing in care of older adults.
Additional links: Testimony by Elizabeth A. Phelan, Testimony by Julie Tanner Sanford, Testimony by Kristen H. Goodell
Author(s): Kristen Goodell, Julie Sanford, Elizabeth Phelan
Date: 05/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor & Pensions
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Map the Meal Gap 2018: A Report on County and Congressional District Food Insecurity and County Food Cost in the United States in 2016
Reports on county-level food insecurity and food price variation in 2016. Includes rural and regional demographics of food insecurity and child food insecurity rates by state.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Feeding America
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The State of Senior Hunger in America 2016
Documents the rate of food insecurity among U.S. residents age 60 and over. Features demographics and characteristics of the senior population lacking access to sufficient food and shows state-level variation in food insecurity. Includes statistics with breakdowns by metro and nonmetro locations.
Additional links: Infographic
Author(s): James P. Ziliak, Craig Gundersen
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Feeding America, National Foundation to End Senior Hunger
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America’s Health Rankings Senior Report 2018
Provides a national and state-by-state overview of population health for older adults across 34 measures, as well as two supplemental measures new in 2018: suicide rate and risk of social isolation. Includes a special focus on persistent health disparities and challenges facing rural seniors.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: United Health Foundation
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Assessing Change in the Primary Care Service Delivery Profile in South Carolina
Poster presentation presented at the 2018 NRHA Annual Conference describing employment changes in primary care physicians from working in a solo or group practice to working for a larger health entity over time and by rurality in South Carolina.
Author(s): Charity B. Breneman, Elizabeth Crouch, Jan M. Eberth, Kevin J. Bennett, Janice C. Probst
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: South Carolina Rural Health Research Center
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Diagnoses of HIV Infection Among Adults and Adolescents in Metropolitan Statistical Areas-United States and Puerto Rico, 2016
Presents data on HIV infection diagnoses in 2016 and the prevalence of adults and adolescents living with diagnosed HIV infection at year-end 2015 residing in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. Nonmetropolitan data is included at the end of each table, after all the Metropolitan Statistical Areas are listed. Nonmetro data is available on HIV infection diagnoses in adults and adolescents by sex, sex and age, sex and race/ethnicity, sex and transmission category, and race/ethnicity and transmission category. Also includes mortality data by sex for nonmetropolitan areas.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Methods Applying AHRQ Quality Indicators to Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) Data for the 2017 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report (QDR)
Describes the preparation of the Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project (HCUP) databases for data years 2000–2015 for use in the 2017 National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Report, which includes information on priority populations such as rural residents. Includes information on HCUP-based measures related urban-rural location.
Author(s): M. Barrett, R. Coffey, R. Houchens, et al.
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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Deaths from Falls Among Persons Aged ≥65 Years — United States, 2007–2016
Reports on rates and trends for deaths from falls for people age 65 and older from 2007 to 2016. Includes data by urban/rural status, as well as for other selected characteristics.
Author(s): Elizabeth Burns, Ramakrishna Kakara
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 67(18), 509-514
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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NACRHHS Policy Brief on Understanding the Impact of Suicide in Rural America
Webinar recording discusses the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services (NACRHHS) policy brief on the impact of suicide in rural areas. Features presentations from the NACRHHS Committee Chair and Executive Secretary, as well as a representative from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and and a retired professor of social work at Stephen F. Austin State University.
Additional links: Audio Recording, PowerPoint Handout, Webinar Transcript
Date: 04/2018
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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