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Resources by Topic: Social determinants of health

COVID-19 Health Equity Interactive Dashboard
Interactive map containing county- and state-level data on COVID-19 cases and deaths in the U.S. Illustrates relationships between COVID-19 outcomes and various social determinants of health, such as population density, poverty, underlying health conditions, urban/rural status, and more.
Date: 09/2020
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Emory University
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Introducing the Social Determinants of Health in Rural Communities Toolkit
Webinar recording presents the Social Determinants of Health in Rural Communities Toolkit. Discusses strategies, models, and lessons learned for addressing social determinants of health in rural communities. Features presentations from representatives of NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, CASA of Oregon, and the Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment Program.
Additional links: Audio Recording, PowerPoint Handout
Date: 08/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Mapping High Risk Areas for COVID-19
An interactive web-based mapping tool focused on identifying priority areas for the COVID-19 pandemic. Offers data on health conditions, demographics, and social determinants that may make a population more vulnerable to COVID-19. Also includes the location of hospitals. Users can upload their own COVID-19 patient profile data. Part of the HealthLandscape set of tools.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: American Academy of Family Physicians
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American Indian and Alaska Native People: Social Vulnerability and COVID-19
Details the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on tribal areas and the social vulnerability of American Indian and Alaska Native people. Discusses poverty, household composition, and transportation access, among other factors.
Author(s): Elizabeth D. Hathaway
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
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COVID-19 Demographic and Economic Resources
Provides access to U.S. Census Bureau data useful in pandemic-related decision-making. Offers state and county impact planning reports that provide sociodemographic data, including data on at-risk populations, poverty, and health insurance coverage. Also provides data on businesses and employment.
Date: 08/2020
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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The Role of Public Health in COVID-19 Emergency Response Efforts From a Rural Health Perspective
Examines the difficulties rural communities face in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in the southeastern region of the U.S. Discusses the COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index, a tool that analyzes epidemiological factors, socioeconomic status, and other indicators to determine which communities are at an increased risk of COVID-19.
Author(s): Sandra Melvin, Corey Wiggins, Nakeitra Burse, Erica Thompson, Mauda Monger
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 17
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
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Rural Matters - Coronavirus and the Navajo Nation
Presents a first-hand account of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Navajo Nation. Discusses the social and environmental factors that contribute to the spread of the virus.
Author(s): Heather Kovich
Citation: New England Journal of Medicine, 383, 105-107
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
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Left Out: Barriers to Health Equity for Rural and Underserved Communities
Summarizes responses to a Request for Information from the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee's Rural and Underserved Communities Health Task Force. Describes factors contributing to healthcare challenges in rural areas, including demographics, social and structural determinants of health, insurance coverage, access to care, and workforce shortages. Highlights promising models of healthcare delivery in rural areas. Includes state-by-state health equity maps.
Additional links: State and Territory Health Equity Maps, Summary
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: House Ways and Means Committee
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COVID-19 & Rural Health Equity in Northern New England
Studies the COVID-19 pandemic's effect on health equity for rural communities of Northern New England. Discusses health systems, social service organizations, and communities' responses to the pandemic; efforts to protect vulnerable populations; telehealth; financial impacts on healthcare organizations; and more.
Author(s): Elizabeth Carpenter-Song, Anne Sosin
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Equity and Rural Empowerment Initiative
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The Unique Impact of COVID-19 on Older Adults in Rural Areas
Describes the unique risks and challenges older adults in rural areas face related to COVID-19. Discusses access to healthcare, the ability of rural providers to meet the needs of COVID-19 patients, and the socio-economic effects of the pandemic on rural older adults.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith
Citation: Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 32(4-5), 396-402
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
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