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Resources by Topic: Social determinants of health

Diabetes and the Social, Biologic, and Behavioral Determinants of Endometrial Cancer in the United States
Examines factors associated with endometrial cancer, including biologic, behavioral, and social determinants of health (SDOH). Analyzes variables such as status of endometrial cancer and/or diabetes, behavioral health factors, biologic factors, and various SDOH, including rural versus urban county.
Author(s): Nour Massouh, Ayad A. Jaffa, Miran A. Jaffa
Citation: BMC Cancer, 24, 540
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
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Moving Toward Equity: An Evaluation Toolkit
Discusses how equity is connected to health outcomes for Ohio citizens and ways public health partners can evaluate progress when implementing initiatives to improve equity for disadvantaged populations, including those in rural and Appalachian areas. Focuses on assessment and planning, equitable evaluation plans, quality improvement, and collecting data.
Author(s): Carrie Almasi, Édith Nkenganyi, Tonni Oberly, Jacob Santiago
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Policy Institute of Ohio
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Coming to Terms with Housing and Homelessness in Rural Places with Elizabeth Carpenter-Song, Ph.D
Podcast episode discussing rural homelessness and housing security. Covers stigma associated with rural homelessness; barriers to accessing resources, healthcare, and programs; life for families in rural homeless shelters; and how rural families endure poverty and rural homelessness, with a focus on rural New England.
Date: 04/2024
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: Impact! Communications, Inc.
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Perspectives on Supporting Veterans' Social Needs During Hospital to Home Health Transitions: Findings from the Transitions Nurse Program
Examines the social needs of veterans who utilize post-acute home health care (HHC) by exploring the perspectives of clinicians, care partners, and the veterans themselves. Analyzes 35 interviews that took place at Veterans Health Administration (VHA) Medical Centers and discusses social needs as related to HHC, social needs screening during hospitalization, delays in HHC, and communication between HHC and VHA. Includes social need examples specific to rural veterans.
Author(s): Marguerite Daus, Marcie Lee, Lexus L. Ujano-De Motta, et al.
Citation: BMC Health Services Research, 24, 520
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
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"Economic Development is Population Health": A New Vision for Rural Hospital Leadership
Describes the role that rural hospital investments can play in contributing to community health. Features a Wisconsin Critical Access Hospital making infrastructure investments in their downtown and a New Hampshire medical center investing in public transit and affordable housing.
Author(s): Brendan Stermer
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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San Luis Valley Hospital Delivers When Families Need Obstetric Care
Podcast episode describing challenges with offering obstetric care in rural Colorado. Discusses services offered, cross-training, behavioral health and substance use, and social determinants of health. Offers strategies for other hospitals offering maternal healthcare. Transcript is below the audio player.
Date: 04/2024
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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Locations and Characteristics of Pharmacy Deserts in the United States: A Geospatial Study
Classifies census tracts as pharmacy deserts or non-pharmacy deserts. Compares pharmacy desert and non-pharmacy desert areas by various social determinants of health and pharmacy characteristics including rurality. See the supplemental materials for state-by-state and rural/urban comparisons.
Author(s): Rachel Wittenauer, Parth D. Shah, Jennifer L. Bacci, Andy Stergachis
Citation: Health Affairs Scholar, 2(4)
Date: 04/2024
Type: Document
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The First 1,000 Days of Life: Creating Brighter Futures for New Moms and Babies
Podcast episode featuring a discussion with leaders from Intermountain Healthcare and St. James Health Care in Butte, Montana, regarding how their initiatives provide wraparound and intensive case management services to at-risk new moms from pregnancy through their baby's first two years. Includes a discussion with a former program participant.
Date: 04/2024
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: American Hospital Association
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American Clusters: Using Machine Learning to Understand Health and Health Care Disparities in the United States
Demonstrates the strengths and weaknesses of using machine learning (ML) to identify social determinants of health, healthcare access, healthcare infrastructure, and geography factors contributing to health inequalities. Discusses use of ML in policy, with different levels of geography, and in future research.
Author(s): Diane M. Bowser, Kaili Maurico, Brielle A. Ruscitti, William H. Crown
Citation: Health Affairs Scholar, 2(3)
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
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Partnerships to Address Social Needs Across Metropolitan and Non-Metropolitan Prospective Payment System Hospitals and Critical Access Hospitals
Explores the extent to which hospitals partner with community organizations to address population and/or community health needs. Analyzes data from the 2021 American Hospital Association Social Determinants of Health (SDOH) Supplement to describe the number and types of hospital partnerships with community-based organizations. Compares results by hospital type - metropolitan prospective payment system (PPS), Critical Access Hospital (CAH), and non-metropolitan PPS - and by U.S. Census region, ownership status, and accountable care organization (ACO) participation.
Author(s): Whitney E. Zahnd, Khyathi Gadag, Kristin D. Wilson, Keith J. Mueller
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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