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Resources by Topic: Rural-urban differences

Culture Care Connection: Rural Minnesotans
Provides information and data to help healthcare providers recognize and understand the importance of culture when providing healthcare to populations living in rural Minnesota. Discusses population characteristics, health disparities, social determinants of health, social diversity, diet, medical care, mental health, and leading causes of death in rural areas of the state.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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Map: SNAP Matters to Seniors in Every Community - Metropolitan Areas, Small Towns, and Rural Areas
Interactive county-level map showing the share of all households with seniors ages 60 and above that participate in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. Each county is categorized as metropolitan, small town, or rural.
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Food Research & Action Center
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Life and Health in Rural America
Series of articles based on reports by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on life and health in rural America.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organizations: NPR, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Health Professions Training Programs
Displays health professions education and training programs data from academic year 2012-2013 to present, with breakdowns by program. Provides an in-depth look at the distribution of providers and participant demographics by state. Allows users to search for statistics on providers with rural backgrounds and key training settings in medically underserved communities and rural areas.
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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The Rural Health Voice
Podcast discusses various issues pertaining to rural healthcare in Virginia. Features interviews with state, local, and national leaders in rural health care.
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: Virginia Rural Health Association
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Texas Health Data
Provides public health datasets for Texas addressing healthcare use and quality, mortality, opioids, lifestyle risk factors, the health workforce, and more. Filtering options vary by data source and may include data by county, Metropolitan Service Area, and border counties.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: Texas Health and Human Services
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New Mexico's Indicator-Based Information System (NM-IBIS)
Provides data on health status, lifestyle and risk factors, healthcare services, and social determinants of health (SDOH) for New Mexico. Some data sets offer rural/urban, county-level, and small area data comparisons.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Department of Health
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Oklahoma State Innovation Model (OSIM)
Reports on Oklahoma's State Innovation Model (SIM) grant efforts. The final draft of the State Health System Innovation Plan outlines Oklahoma's model for transforming state-purchased healthcare by linking reimbursement with care quality and health outcomes. Addresses the challenges rural regions may face with implementing the model and rural/urban differences throughout.
Additional links: Oklahoma State Health System Innovation Plan
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Oklahoma State Department of Health
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Cancer-Rates.info
Contains cancer incidence and mortality data for a number of states, with the option to view data by county, cancer type, gender, race and ethnicity, and in most cases, rural/urban geography.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: University of Kentucky
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Knowledge Center Library
Features 50,000 resources pertaining to the health and wellness of racial and ethnic minority population from the HHS Office of Minority Health Resource Center. Contains books, documents, journal articles, and media, as well as consumer health material in over 35 languages.
Type: Database
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Minority Health
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