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A Profile of Youth Poverty and Opportunity in Southwestern Minnesota
A study of the rates and impacts of youth poverty in rural Southwest Minnesota compared to other regions in the state. Includes data and statistics on income changes, educational opportunities, English as a second language in the communities, exposure to risk factors such as substance abuse and mental health, and county-by-county data on percent of children in poverty.
Author(s): Marybeth J. Mattingly, Andrew Schaefer, Douglas J. Gagnon
Date: 2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Differences in Food and Beverage Marketing Policies and Practices in US School Districts, by Demographic Characteristics of School Districts, 2012
Analysis of data from the 2012 School Health Policies and Practices Study, showing how school district characteristics affect food and beverage marketing and promotion policies and practices. Features statistics with breakdowns including rural, suburban, or urban status, district size, and percentage of non-Hispanic White students.
Author(s): Caitlin L. Merlo, Shannon Michael, Nancy D. Brener, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 13
Date: 12/2016
Type: Document
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Most U.S. School Districts Have Low Access to School Counselors: Poor, Diverse, and City School Districts Exhibit Particularly High Student-to-Counselor Ratios
Examines trends in school counselor access. Discusses health-related roles counselors play, including meeting students' personal and social needs, supporting wellness programs, and advocating for students with disabilities. Includes data for rural areas.
Author(s): Douglas J. Gagnon, Marybeth J. Mattingly
Date: 10/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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CHILE: Outcomes of a Group Randomized Controlled Trial of an Intervention to Prevent Obesity in Preschool Hispanic and American Indian Children
Examines an obesity prevention intervention targeting rural American Indian and Hispanic children in New Mexico that incorporated family engagement, classroom curriculum, healthcare provider support, grocery stores, and more. The intervention focused on preschool children at Head Start centers and included multiple communities.
Author(s): Sally M. Davis, Orrin B. Myers, Theresa H. Cruz, et al.
Citation: Preventive Medicine, 89, 162-168
Date: 08/2016
Type: Document
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Food-Related Practices and Beliefs of Rural US Elementary and Middle School Teachers
Results of a study examining personal health and eating habits, classroom food practices, beliefs about the school food environment, and nutrition knowledge of 102 teachers from 8 rural school districts in northeastern Oregon.
Author(s): Nancy E. Findholt, Betty T. Izumi, Jackilen Shannon, Thuan Nguyen
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 16(2), 3821
Date: 06/2016
Type: Document
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School Factors Associated With the Percentage of Students Who Walk or Bike to School, School Health Policies and Practices Study, 2014
Examines health benefits of active school transport, such as walking or biking. Features statistics including breakdowns by school locations in cities, suburbs, towns, or rural locations.
Author(s): Sherry Everett Jones, Sarah Sliwa
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 13
Date: 05/2016
Type: Document
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15 Million Kids in Health Care Deserts: Can Telehealth Make a Difference?
Highlights healthcare access problems for children of vulnerable populations living in rural and poverty stricken areas. Discusses how telehealth can be implemented to overcome these barriers. Describes several case studies focused on improving access to healthcare services for children, including a rural school-based telehealth program.
Author(s): Dale Alverson, Julie Hall-Barrow, Denise M. Dion, et al.
Date: 04/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Children's Health Fund
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Meeting the Needs of the Whole Child through CATCH
Highlights the implementation of the Coordinated Approach To Child Health (CATCH) program, which supports healthy eating and physical activity in rural Illinois elementary schools.
Author(s): Jenn Lukens
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 04/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Improvements and Disparities in Types of Foods and Milk Beverages Offered in Elementary School Lunches, 2006-2007 to 2013-2014
Evaluates changes and disparities in school lunch characteristics, using data from 4,630 public schools. Features breakdowns by urban, suburban, town, or rural locale.
Author(s): Lindsey Turner, Punam Ohri-Vachaspati, Lisa Powell, Frank J. Chaloupka
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 13
Date: 03/2016
Type: Document
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America After 3PM Special Report: The Growing Importance of Afterschool in Rural Communities
Provides an overview of afterschool and summer learning programming in rural America. Discusses health and wellness impacts of afterschool programs for rural children. Describes strengths of rural programs and identifies barriers to participation in rural communities.
Date: 03/2016
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Afterschool Alliance
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