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Resources by Topic: Social determinants of health

Discrimination in America: Experiences and Views of African Americans
Examines African Americans' personal experiences of discrimination across several areas of daily life, based on a national survey conducted between January and April, 2017. Areas of discussion include interactions with police, applying to jobs or being promoted at work, applying to or attending college, going to a doctor or health clinic, and more. Also examines perceived differences in discrimination between rural and urban areas, and whether individual or institutional discrimination is more prevalent.
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
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Despair as a Cause of Death: More Complex Than It First Appears
Describes studies showing urban-rural and racial/ethnic comparisons of premature deaths due to self-destructive behaviors and possible underlying social and economic factors in the communities.
Author(s): Ana V. Diez Roux
Location: American Journal of Public Health, 107(10), 1566-1567
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
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Despair in the American Heartland? A Focus on Rural Health
Describes 4 research articles and accompanying editorials, examining problems associated with the current state of health among rural populations.
Author(s): Paul Campbell Erwin
Location: American Journal of Public Health, 107(10), 1533-1534
Date: 10/2017
Type: Document
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Coordinated Whole-Person Care that Addresses Social Determinants of Health
Presents approaches used and lessons learned from five projects funded by Data Across Sectors for Health (DASH) - an initiative to align various health-related sectors and promote the collection, sharing, and effective use of data. Each DASH project is working to develop the infrastructure necessary to support cross-sector data sharing, enhance care coordination, and address social determinants of health. One of the five projects is based on the White Earth Indian Reservation in rural northwest Minnesota.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Data Across Sectors for Health
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Innovations in Rural Health System Development: Federally Qualified Health Center Initiatives
Details a report on Maine's Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). Discusses strategies for workforce recruitment and retention, serving a high-need patient population, addressing critical community needs, and providing services that address the social determinants of health. Provides various examples of programs from across the state.
Author(s): Sara Kahn-Troster, Amanda Burgess, Andrew Coburn
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Maine Health Access Foundation, Muskie School of Public Service Institute for Health Policy
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Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure: Information on Identified Needs, Planning for Future Conditions, and Coordination of Project Funding
Reviews federal programs that provide funding for drinking water and wastewater infrastructure projects and describes how infrastructure needs are identified. Also details how federal agencies support states' efforts, and the extent to which federal agencies coordinate funding initiatives. Analysis is based on a review of infrastructure projects in six states: Alaska, California, New Mexico, New York, North Dakota, and Tennessee.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Rural Innovation Profile: Medical-Legal Partnership Addresses Social Determinants of Health
Explores how FirstHealth of the Carolinas, a private, nonprofit healthcare network based in Pinehurst, North Carolina, reduced emergency department utilization and hospital readmission rates systemwide through the use of transitional care clinics (TCCs) and medical-legal partnerships (MLPs).
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Value
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Aging & Healthcare in Rural America: Overlooked Needs, Quiet Strength
Explores reasons for disparities of healthcare in rural areas, including provider shortages and greater burdens of disease among the elderly. Offers suggestions for solutions, such as greater community involvement and philanthropy.
Author(s): Cindy Padilla
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Society on Aging
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Health Policy Brief: Connections Between Income and Health
Presents a policy brief on income as a factor in health outcomes for people in Ohio. Looks at how healthcare access, health behavior, and overall health outcomes are related to individual and community income. Includes county-by-county income data.
Date: 09/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Policy Institute of Ohio
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Tackling Poverty in Rural Communities
Discusses the Intergenerational Poverty Initiative in Weber County, UT. Details efforts to support health and well-being, access, resiliency, and dignity through mentors and role models in order to promote self-determination in impoverished youth.
Additional links: Webinar Links, Webinar Slides
Date: 09/2017
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: County Health Rankings & Roadmaps
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