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Resources by Topic: Social determinants of health

Use of the Area Deprivation Index and Rural Applications in the Peer-Reviewed Literature
Brief discusses the use of the Area Deprivation Index (ADI) in peer-reviewed literature and interrogates how deprivation is defined and how the ADI is related to rurality. Defines ADI based on a literature review and explores the co-usage of ADI and rural in the literature. Recommends future research topics related to ADI and rurality.
Author(s): Casey P. Balio, Nicole Galler, Stephanie M. Mathis, et al.
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Equity Research Center
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Rural-Urban Differences in Housing Cost Burden Across the U.S.
Examines rural-urban differences in housing affordability across Census regions, divisions, states, and counties, using data from the 2017-2021 American Community Survey. Features statistics including the highest proportion of households experiencing housing cost burden by state and rural-urban location, and a county-level map showing percentages of cost-burden households.
Author(s): Alexis Swendener, Jonathan Schroeder, Carrie Henning-Smith
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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2024-2026 Tennessee State Health Plan
Presents a plan for health improvement in Tennessee for the period 2024-2026. Describes the state of health in Tennessee, identifies priorities, and makes recommendations related to early life, care delivery, social determinants of health, and more. Highlights goals for nutrition, maternal and infant health, older adults and healthy aging, chronic conditions, cancer screening, transportation, and health workforce.
Additional links: State Health Plan Priority Areas
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Tennessee Department of Health
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Associations of Medical Debt With Health Status, Premature Death, and Mortality in the US
Results of a study of 2,943 counties, to examine whether medical debt in collections is associated with population health at the county level. Includes county-level maps showing rates and median amounts of medical debt as of 2018, and statistics with breakdowns by metropolitan or nonmetropolitan areas.
Author(s): Xuesong Han, Xin Hu, Zhiyuan Zheng, Kewei Sylvia Shi, K. Robin Yabroff
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 7(3), e2354766
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
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Cross-Sectional Analysis of Primary Care Clinics' Policies, Practices, and Availability of Patient Support Services During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Examines healthcare access related to missed or no-show appointments, with a focus on patient barriers, no-show policies, and patient support services. Analyzes survey responses from Nebraska primary care clinics, examining rural versus urban differences in clinic ability to address social determinants of health (SDOH).
Author(s): Kendra L. Ratnapradipa, Runqiu Wang, Josiane Kabayundo, et al.
Citation: BMC Health Services Research, 24, 279
Date: 03/2024
Type: Document
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Children of Migrant Workers: Supporting the Invisible Student
Report discusses the physical, social, and emotional challenges faced by the children of migrant workers pursuing an education. Highlights a number of stressors migrant students face such as language barriers, missed school, poverty, and other social determinants of health. Provides a number of resources from federal programs ans non-profit organizations.
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: George Washington University Milken Institute School of Public Health Department of Health Policy and Management
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Factors Associated With Racial and Ethnic Disparities in Locally Advanced Rectal Cancer Outcomes
Analyzes social determinants of health and demographic factors influencing racial and ethnic disparities in treatment response among rectal cancer patients. Provides data breakdowns of factors associated with patient outcomes, including treatment facilities' level of rurality. Highlights disparities experienced by Hispanic and non-Hispanic Black patients relative to non-Hispanic White patients.
Author(s): Rebecca M. Shulman, Mengying Deng, Elizabeth A. Handorf, et al.
Citation: JAMA Network Open, 7(2), e240044
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
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Association of Social Vulnerability Index and Masking Adherence among Children Enrolled in COVID-19 Community Research Partnership Study
Examines the relationship between social vulnerability and masking during the COVID-19 pandemic among children aged 2 to 17 years old and living in the Southeast. Provides data on masking adherence according to age, race/ethnicity, sex, social vulnerability, and rural, suburban, or urban location.
Author(s): Keerti L. Dantuluri, Asare Buahin, Diane Uschner, et al.
Citation: BMC Public Health, 24, 410
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
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Understanding the Social Determinants (Drivers) of Rural Suicide: A Focus on North Texas
Webinar discussing social determinants of health (SDOH) as a driver for suicide. Includes both national and Texas-specific statistics. Discusses unique factors for rural populations and rural subgroups at the highest risk. Offers resources and strategies for addressing rural SDOH disparities for suicide prevention. Captions available in the video player.
Date: 01/2024
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: University of Texas at Arlington Center for Rural Health and Nursing
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Michigan's Roadmap to Healthy Communities Phase III: The Innovation Phase 2022-2024
Expands on Phase I and Phase II of a plan to address the social determinants of health (SDOH) to advance equity, provide social and economic opportunities, and improve health outcomes in Michigan. Focuses on the launch of SDOH collaborative hubs, policymaking, and reducing health disparities.
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
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