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Resources by Topic: Social determinants of health

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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America's Rental Housing 2024
Report details rental housing access across the country. Describes the supply and demand of rental housing, as well as the cost of renting for various income earners. Compares data on the types of housing available to rent and affordability in urban, suburban, and nonmetropolitan communities.
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University
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The Effect of Disability and Social Determinants of Health on Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings During the COVID-19 Pandemic
Examines the effect of disability status and social determinants of health on rates of adherence to breast and cervical cancer screening recommendations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Utilizes 2018 and 2020 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System data. Includes statistics and discussion of rural-urban screening disparities.
Author(s): LaShae D. Rolle, Maurice J. Chery, Michaela Larson, et al.
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 21, 230234
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
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CAH Staff Perspectives on use of EHRs for Quality Measure Activities
Summarizes interviews with eight Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) regarding electronic health record (EHR) use for quality measurement and improvement activities. Describes strengths and challenges for CAHs using EHRs for quality-related activities. Discusses the CAHs' readiness for, and concerns about, new health equity and social drivers of health quality measures.
Author(s): Madeleine Pick, Megan Lahr, Abigail Wenninger, Dori Cross, Ben C.D. Weideman
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Flex Monitoring Team
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The Rural Library and Health Cooperative Agreement Program: A New Chapter in Rural Healthcare Access
Video featuring a program that places health liaisons in libraries throughout South Carolina to provide residents with services that include health information, telehealth, reproductive and behavioral health, assistance with social needs, and connections with providers.
Date: 01/2024
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Determinants of Disparities of Diabetes-Related Hospitalization Rates in Florida: A Retrospective Ecological Study Using a Multiscale Geographically Weighted Regression Approach
Analyzes the determinants related to diabetes hospitalizations in Florida according to ZIP code tabulation area (ZCTA) level. Utilizes 2016 to 2019 data to examine socioeconomic, demographic, healthcare-related, and built environment characteristics that correlate with diabetes-related hospitalizations. Includes state maps showing diabetes hospitalizations according to specific determinants, including rurality.
Author(s): Jennifer Lord, Agricola Odoi
Citation: International Journal of Health Geographics, 23(1)
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
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AACR Cancer Disparities Progress Report 2024: Achieving the Bold Vision of Health Equity
Discusses cancer disparities with focus on race and ethnicity, rural and other medically underserved populations, social determinants of health, research, related health conditions, screening, mortality, workforce, and public policy. Discusses rural throughout including rural and urban comparisons.
Date: 2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: American Association for Cancer Research
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The Task Force on Maternal Mental Health's Report to Congress
A report from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on maternal mental health including barriers to care, federal programs doing relevant work, identifying best practices, and offering suggestions to improve federal infrastructure. Topics discussed include substance use, mortality, social determinants of health, data gathering, community engagement, telehealth, screening, violence, policy, access to care, stigma, and more. Highlights programs across the country addressing maternal mental health issues including some in rural areas. Discusses rural throughout.
Date: 2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
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Kentucky Demographics, Analytics, Trends and Access (K-DATA) 2024
Reports on health and population in Kentucky. Includes coverage of state demographics, social determinants of health, healthcare workforce supply and distribution, Health Professional Shortage Areas (HPSAs), access to care, facilities, public health programs, nutrition, youth, people with disabilities, substance use disorder, cancer, diabetes, and characteristics of Kentucky's rural, urban, Delta, and Appalachian regions.
Date: 2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Kentucky Center of Excellence in Rural Health
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The Role of Comorbidities, Medications, and Social Determinants of Health in Understanding Urban-Rural Outcome Differences among Patients with Heart Failure
Analyzes health outcomes for patients with heart failure and mitigating factors such as comorbidities, guideline-directed medical therapy (GDMT), and social determinants of health (SDOH) in rural versus urban areas. Utilizes data from Medicare beneficiaries who had a heart failure hospitalization between 2008 to 2017 to observe mortality rates within 30 days or 1 year, hospital readmission rates, and emergency room (ER) admissions. Discusses health outcome disparities that correlate to patient location.
Author(s): Emily P. Zeitler, Joanna Joly, Christopher G. Leggett, et al.
Citation: Journal of Rural Health, 40(2), 386-393
Date: 2024
Type: Document
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