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Resources by Topic: Rural-urban differences

Rural-Urban Disparities in Health Care in Medicare
Examines rural/urban differences in Medicare quality, including breakdowns by race and ethnicity. Focuses on patient experience and clinical care measures, including screening for and management of health conditions and medication-related issues.
Additional links: FAQs, Technical Appendix
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
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Cancer Mortality in Rural America 1999-2016
Analyzes mortality associated with cancers of the prostate, breast, lung, cervix, and colorectal areas, and assesses whether level of rurality influences mortality. Features statistics with breakdowns by 4 levels of metropolitan areas and 2 levels of nonmetropolitan communities.
Author(s): Timothy H. Callaghan, Alva O. Ferdinand, Samuel D. Towne Jr., et al.
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Southwest Rural Health Research Center
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Rural America at a Glance, 2018 Edition
Provides an overview of social and economic factors affecting rural America. Includes statistics and data on trends in employment, infrastructure, population, race/ethnicity, poverty, and income.
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Uninsured Rates in Urban and Rural America
A collection of interactive graphics providing data on uninsured rates for people under age 65 in completely rural counties, counties that are mostly rural, and counties that are mostly urban. Includes state and county-level data.
Date: 11/2018
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Traffic Safety Facts, 2017 Data: Alcohol-Impaired Driving
Explores national data on traffic crashes involving alcohol-impaired drivers. Compares factors such as road conditions, time of the year, and rural vs. urban roads, among others.
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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Affordable Care Act & Medicaid Reform in Wisconsin: Enrollment and Coverage Trends, Plans and Premiums Chartpack
Provides an overview of the impact of federal healthcare and Medicaid reform for Wisconsin residents. Discusses trends for health insurance coverage and Medicaid, and describes health insurance plans and premiums. Covers data on health insurance plan selection in 2018 by rural and non-rural.
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Wisconsin Population Health Institute
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Rural Nebraska’s Shifting Long-term Care System
Features an examination of Nebraska's long-term care system in rural areas. Compares the number of facilities and beds for 2008 and 2018 in metro, nonmetro, and micropolitan areas.
Author(s): Cody Smith
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Affairs
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Rural Individuals’ Telehealth Practices: An Overview
Compares rural and urban use of online health monitoring, online health research, and online health maintenance, which includes communication with healthcare providers. Provides breakdowns by level of education, age, race/ethnicity, income, and other factors. Briefly addresses access to technology, including internet availability.
Additional links: Report Summary
Author(s): Peter L. Stenberg
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Surveillance for Cancers Associated with Tobacco Use — United States, 2010–2014
Reports on tobacco-associated cancer incidence for lung, bronchial, and tracheal cancers; laryngeal cancer; oral cavity and pharyngeal cancers; esophageal cancer; stomach cancer; colon and rectal cancers; liver cancer; pancreatic cancer; kidney and renal pelvis cancers; urinary bladder cancer; cervical cancer; and acute myeloid leukemia. Includes data for metropolitan and nonmetro counties, as well as by sex, age, race/ethnicity, tumor characteristics, U.S. census region, and state.
Author(s): M. Shayne Gallaway, S. Jane Henley, C. Brooke Steele, et al.
Citation: MMWR Surveillance Summaries, 67(12), 1-42
Date: 11/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Trends in Hospital System Affiliation, 2007-2016
Policy brief reporting trends in hospital system affiliation from 2007 to 2016 for hospitals in metro and nonmetro areas, and Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs). Offers characteristic statistics by hospital type and affiliation and highlights trends in hospital system affiliation by Census region.
Author(s): Onyinye Oyeka, Fred Ullrich, Keith Mueller
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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