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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Rural-urban differences

CDC COVID Data Tracker
Provides access to maps, charts, and data from the CDC on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and issues related to COVID-19. Includes data on vaccinations, cases, deaths, and hospitalizations for each county and cases and deaths nationally for metropolitan compared to nonmetro counties. Includes metro/nonmetro data on vaccination levels, nationally, by state, and by county. Also includes rural, suburban, and urban data on vaccine confidence, nationally and by state. Also covers many other topics at the state and national level, including vaccination, testing, and more.
Additional links: COVID-19 Vaccination Equity (Metro/Nonmetro), COVID-19 Vaccinations by County, Trends in COVID-19 Vaccine Confidence in the US
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Data for Rural Analysis
A collection of resources to help policymakers and researchers identify and describe rural and urban areas. Lists tools that can be used to determine rural status and degree of rurality and find county-level socioeconomic data. Also identifies other sources of rural data.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Allied Health Workforce Projections, 2016-2030: Community Health Workers
Offers demand projections for community health workers (CHWs) from 2016-2030, using data from the Health Resources and Services Administration's Health Workforce Simulation Model. Includes projected statistics for various care coordination scenarios, including a rural healthcare scenario.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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Bureau of Health Workforce Clinician Dashboards
Offers data tools and information on retention and distribution of participants who have completed their training or service in Bureau of Health Workforce programs from 2012-2022. Shows retention rates for National Health Service Corps and Nurse Corps alumni and includes filters for various clinician, program, location, and site characteristics. Features statistics with breakdowns by percentages of clinicians currently working in Health Professional Shortage Areas or working in rural communities.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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HRSA Map Tool
A map-based interface for viewing a variety of Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) programs and grant awards, as well as supporting data from other sources. Includes data for rural health areas, border counties, the U.S.-Mexico Border Health Initiative region, and more. Other items available to map include health workforce shortage areas, healthcare facility locations, and poverty data.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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CDC WONDER Underlying Cause of Death with US-Mexico Border Regions, 1999-2020
Provides access to mortality and population data for the U.S.-Mexico border region. Offers data on the number of deaths, crude and age-adjusted death rates, and demographics for different causes of death. Cause of death data available for ICD-10 codes, drug/alcohol induced causes, causes of infant death, and injury intent and mechanism. In addition to viewing data for the border region, border states, and border counties, results can also focus on the level of urbanization for metropolitan, micropolitan, and noncore areas.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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data.census.gov
Provides access to data and digital content from the U.S. Census Bureau. Includes the American Community Survey (ACS) with socioeconomic and demographic data and the ability to narrow to rural data.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Delineating Rural Areas in the United States
A poster presentation identifying the common federal rural definitions useful for addressing rural-urban disparities. Demonstrates, by using population characteristics including poverty, uninsured, and disabled data, how each rural definition can affect the sensitivity of the disparity.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: North Carolina Rural Health Research Program
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Rural Health in America: How Shifting Populations Leave People Behind
Infographic focused on rural demographics and population trends, health workforce challenges, and initiatives that seek to improve healthcare access in rural communities.
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Institute for Health Care Management Foundation
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Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS) Among Newborn Hospitalizations
Data on the rate of neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) per 1,000 newborn hospitalizations. Select Trend Graph, then Patient Location in the Characteristics to view a line chart by patient location that four metropolitan levels and rural areas, with national and state-level trend data available.
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
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