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Resources by Topic: Social determinants of health

Engaging Rural Communities to Incorporate Social Determinants in Developing Strategies to Improve Access to Health Care in the Missouri Bootheel Counties
Presents a study on how social determinants of health affect healthcare access in several rural counties in Missouri. Discusses the perceived barriers to care in the rural "Bootheel" counties, such as economic issues, lack of health insurance coverage, and lack of coordinated care, among others.
Author(s): Ashish Shrestha, Katherine Stamatakis, Janice Ballard
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 23, 7678
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
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The Health Equity & Access for Rural Dually Eligible Individuals (HEARD) Toolkit: Raising Rural Voices from New Mexico, North Dakota, and Tennessee to Create Action
Provides an overview on the access barriers and health disparities of Medicaid and Medicare dually eligible individuals residing in rural areas. Presents research and stakeholder feedback from New Mexico, North Dakota, and Tennessee to provide information to policymakers. Discusses topics such as community planning related to equity and infrastructure, workforce capacity and community health workers (CHWs), and social determinants of health.
Author(s): Ellen Breslin, Samantha Di Paola, Susan McGeehan, Rebecca Kellenberg, Andrea Maresca
Date: 01/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Management Associates
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Health Equity in Rural America, with Alana Knudson, Luciana Rocha, and Paula Swepson
An episode of the Exploring Rural Health podcast focused on rural health equity. Features Alana Knudson and Luciana Rocha of NORC's Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis providing an overview of rural health equity, and Paula Swepson sharing the work of the West Marion Community Forum Inc. in McDowell County, North Carolina.
Date: 01/2023
Type: Audio
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Closing the Opportunity Gap for Young Children
Discusses the factors that cause inequities and limited access to resources for young children, such as poverty, food insecurity, abuse and violence, lack of social and emotional safety, inadequate healthcare and schooling, and more. Discusses policy and practices aimed at reducing opportunity gaps, with a focus on historically disadvantaged populations, including those in rural areas.
Additional links: Read Online
Author(s): Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
Date: 2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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America's Health Rankings Senior Report 2023
Provides a national and state-by-state overview of population health for older adults across 52 measures using data from 22 unique data sources. Covers social and economic factors, physical environment, clinical care, behaviors, and health outcomes. Highlights health disparities, including rural-urban disparities, across five categories of health. Includes state-by-state summaries and county-level maps for risk of social isolation by state.
Additional links: County-Level Maps for Risk of Social Isolation
Date: 2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: United Health Foundation
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Intergenerational Poverty and Mobility Among Native Americans in the United States: Proceedings of a Workshop
Report aims to identify programs and policies to reduce intergenerational poverty among Native Americans. Discusses the structural and historical factors that contribute to intergenerational poverty and explores promising interventions for addressing those factors.
Additional links: Read Online
Author(s): Board on Children, Youth, and Families
Date: 2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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5-Year Strategic Plan: How Primary Care Investments Can Increase Access, Improve Quality, Lower Costs, Promote Health Equity & Address Workforce Needs
Details the New Mexico strategic plan to improve primary care by increasing access, improving healthcare quality, implementing financing reforms, promoting workforce sustainability, and integrating behavioral health into primary care. Discusses issues disproportionately represented in rural and frontier areas and provides county-level maps depicting social vulnerability and Medicaid and Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) recipients. Provides models and best practices in primary care with examples specific to rural areas.
Date: 2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: New Mexico Primary Care Council
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Michigan's Roadmap to Healthy Communities Phase II: 2022-2024
Expands on Phase I 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 health equity, community information exchange, community health workers (CHWs), chronic disease initiatives, population health, and a partnership with the Michigan Center for Rural Health (MCRH).
Date: 12/2022
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
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Advancing Equity in Cancer Prevention in Primary Care and Rural Health Settings
Discusses equity and social determinants of health related to cancer prevention in rural primary care health settings. Presents projects and collaborations from the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) grantees and stakeholders to improve cancer prevention and screening.
Date: 12/2022
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Health Resources and Services Administration
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"It Was Just Really Hard to Be Pregnant in a Smaller Town …": Pregnant and Parenting Teenagers' Perspectives of Social Support in Their Rural Communities
Examines the levels of support available for pregnant and parenting teenagers in rural communities. Provides information from 26 interviews with current and former pregnant/parenting teenagers who report on the availability of emotional, instrumental, informational, and appraisal social supports.
Author(s): Lauren Baney, Alison Greene, Catherine Sherwood-Laughlin, et al.
Citation: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 19, 16906
Date: 12/2022
Type: Document
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