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Resources by Topic: Social determinants of health

COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index
State, county, and census-tract data on communities where people are at greater risk of dying from COVID-19. Identifies areas vulnerable due to barriers related to healthcare access, social determinants of health, and other facts. Also provides data related to COVID-19 rates, testing, mask wearing, critical risk workers, and race/ethnicity.
Additional links: U.S. Data Explorer
Date: 09/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Surgo Ventures
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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: 09/2021
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: American Academy of Family Physicians
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COVID-19 Health Equity Interactive Dashboard
Interactive map containing county- and state-level data on COVID-19 vaccination, 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: 09/2021
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Emory University
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COVID-19 Demographic and Economic Resources
Provides access to U.S. Census Bureau data useful in pandemic-related decision-making, as well as data from other federal agencies. 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: 09/2021
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: U.S. Census Bureau
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Arkansas Child Obesity Growth Patterns and Evaluations of Preschool Interventions on Obesity in Kindergarten
Study examining body mass index (BMI) growth in Arkansas children between Kindergarten and Grade 8 using data from the Arkansas Department of Education and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Organizes data based on gender, race/ethnicity, social determinants of health (SDOH) indicators, and by rural and urban location. Discusses case studies of Kindergarten weight intervention programs.
Author(s): Anthony Goudie, Kanna Lewis, Joseph Thompson
Date: 08/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arkansas Center for Health Improvement
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Advancing Primary Care Innovation in Medicaid Managed Care: A Toolkit for States
Designed to help states leverage their Medicaid managed care contracts and request for proposals (RFPs) supporting primary care innovation (PCI). Provides examples of state approaches, with rural considerations, for identifying and addressing social determinants of health, integrating behavioral healthcare, developing team-based care, and implementing technology to improve access.
Date: 07/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Health Care Strategies
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47th Annual Arizona Rural Health Conference
Offers presentation slides and video recordings from the 2021 Annual Arizona Rural Health Conference. Covers a wide variety of topics including infrastructure needs in rural communities, telehealth and distance learning, prevention efforts to address social determinants of health, and more.
Date: 06/2021
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Center for Rural Health
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Midwest Initiative Seeks to Reduce Opioid Use in Rural and Tribal Communities
Profile of the Midwest Tribal Opioid Meta-Evaluation (MTOM) and the American Indian Resource and Resiliency Team (AIRRT), an Opioid Use Disorder treatment partnership serving American Indian communities in Minnesota and the Northern Plains. Describes the process of conducting a meta-evaluation and the program's activities.
Author(s): Beth Connolly, Leslie Paulson
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pew Charitable Trusts
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Exploring the Role of Critical Health Literacy in Addressing the Social Determinants of Health
Brief reporting on a workshop held by the Roundtable on Health Literacy that explored Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) and health literacy to serve vulnerable communities. Discusses SDOH models, research methods to engage communities, and critical health literacy. Project examples include work with rural Native American communities.
Author(s): Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Patterns in COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage, by Social Vulnerability and Urbanicity — United States, December 14, 2020–May 1, 2021
Examines vaccination coverage by rurality and social vulnerability. Includes data for metropolitan and nonmetro areas for four levels of social vulnerability and by type of vulnerability, based on the CDC social vulnerability index (SVI).
Author(s): Vaughn Barry, Sharoda Dasgupta, Daniel L. Weller, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 70(22), 818-824
Date: 06/2021
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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