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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Social determinants of health

The Financing of Rural Health
Features a recording of a panel discussion on innovative strategies for financing rural health. Discusses challenges in rural communities, such as health disparities, limited broadband access, hospital closures, and more. Mentions the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic on rural health.
Date: 10/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
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Introducing the Social Determinants of Health in Rural Communities Toolkit
Webinar recording presents the Social Determinants of Health in Rural Communities Toolkit. Discusses strategies, models, and lessons learned for addressing social determinants of health in rural communities. Features presentations from representatives of NORC Walsh Center for Rural Health Analysis, CASA of Oregon, and the Community Outreach and Patient Empowerment Program.
Additional links: Audio Recording, PowerPoint Handout
Date: 08/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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American Indian and Alaska Native People: Social Vulnerability and COVID-19
Details the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on tribal areas and the social vulnerability of American Indian and Alaska Native people. Discusses poverty, household composition, and transportation access, among other factors.
Author(s): Elizabeth D. Hathaway
Citation: Journal of Rural Health
Date: 08/2020
Type: Document
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The Role of Public Health in COVID-19 Emergency Response Efforts From a Rural Health Perspective
Examines the difficulties rural communities face in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially in the southeastern region of the U.S. Discusses the COVID-19 Community Vulnerability Index, a tool that analyzes epidemiological factors, socioeconomic status, and other indicators to determine which communities are at an increased risk of COVID-19.
Author(s): Sandra Melvin, Corey Wiggins, Nakeitra Burse, Erica Thompson, Mauda Monger
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 17
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
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Rural Matters - Coronavirus and the Navajo Nation
Presents a first-hand account of the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic in the Navajo Nation. Discusses the social and environmental factors that contribute to the spread of the virus.
Author(s): Heather Kovich
Citation: New England Journal of Medicine, 383, 105-107
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
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Left Out: Barriers to Health Equity for Rural and Underserved Communities
Summarizes responses to a Request for Information from the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee's Rural and Underserved Communities Health Task Force. Describes factors contributing to healthcare challenges in rural areas, including demographics, social and structural determinants of health, insurance coverage, access to care, and workforce shortages. Highlights promising models of healthcare delivery in rural areas. Includes state-by-state health equity maps.
Additional links: State and Territory Health Equity Maps, Summary
Date: 07/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: House Ways and Means Committee
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Sociodemographic Determinants of Acute Myocardial Infarction Hospitalization Risks in Florida
Identifies sociodemographic determinants of myocardial infarction (MI) hospitalization risks and assesses whether the impacts of these determinants vary by geographic location. Features statistics with breakdown by rural location and county-level maps showing the spacial distribution of MI hospitalization risks in Florida from 2005-2014.
Author(s): Evah Wangui Odoi, Nicholas Nagle, Russell Zaretzki, et al.
Citation: Journal of the American Heart Association, 9(11)
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
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COVID-19 & Rural Health Equity in Northern New England
Studies the COVID-19 pandemic's effect on health equity for rural communities of Northern New England. Discusses health systems, social service organizations, and communities' responses to the pandemic; efforts to protect vulnerable populations; telehealth; financial impacts on healthcare organizations; and more.
Author(s): Elizabeth Carpenter-Song, Anne Sosin
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health Equity and Rural Empowerment Initiative
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The Unique Impact of COVID-19 on Older Adults in Rural Areas
Describes the unique risks and challenges older adults in rural areas face related to COVID-19. Discusses access to healthcare, the ability of rural providers to meet the needs of COVID-19 patients, and the socio-economic effects of the pandemic on rural older adults.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith
Citation: Journal of Aging & Social Policy, 32(4-5), 396-402
Date: 06/2020
Type: Document
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Population Health in Rural America in 2020 - A Virtual Workshop
Recording of a 2-day workshop on rural population health. Features presentations by experts in the field, with discussion on rural demographics and social determinants of health; health disparities; public health, healthcare, and community efforts to improve health outcomes in rural America; health policy; and more. Presentation slides and workshop agenda are available to download.
Author(s): Roundtable on Population Health Improvement
Date: 06/2020
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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