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Resources by Topic: State-by-state data

Broadband Internet Access and the Digital Divide: Federal Assistance Programs
Describes broadband Internet access issues in rural and underserved areas and federal assistance programs in place to help address these issues. Includes information on support specific to rural healthcare.
Date: 10/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Declines in Child Poverty Continue in 2017: Overall Rate Still Above Pre-Recession Level
Examines trends in child poverty from 2007 through 2017, with information for rural areas, suburban areas, and cities. Appendix Table 1 provides state-by-state data.
Additional links: Appendix Table 1
Author(s): Jessica Carson, Andrew Schaefer, Beth Mattingly
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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The State of Obesity 2018: Better Policies for a Healthier America
Report on obesity related trends and topics. Includes data and statistics for both adults and children and provides examples of successful programs and policies across the country. Addresses obesity and chronic disease trends in both urban and rural areas.
Author(s): Molly Warren, Stacy Beck, Jack Rayburn, Sara K. Lipson, Megan Wolfe
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Trust for America's Health
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Household Food Security in the United States in 2017
Reports on household food security, food expenditures, and the use of federal food and nutrition assistance programs in 2017. Includes food insecurity statistics for metropolitan and non-metropolitan areas.
Additional links: Report Summary, Statistical Supplement
Author(s): Alisha Coleman-Jensen, Matthew P. Rabbitt, Christian A. Gregory, Anita Singh
Date: 09/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Interactive Map: The Percent of Children in Small Towns and Rural Areas Covered by Medicaid, 2015/16
Provides a color-coded, interactive map showing rural and metro percentages of children covered by Medicaid, including the Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP). Offers options for selecting specific states or counties.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Georgetown University Health Policy Institute
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Interactive Map: The Percent of Adults in Small Towns and Rural Areas Covered by Medicaid, 2015/16
Offers a color-coded, interactive map showing rural and metro percentages of adults covered by Medicaid. Provides options for selecting specific states or counties.
Date: 07/2018
Type: Map/Mapping System
Sponsoring organization: Georgetown University Health Policy Institute
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Update: Independently Owned Pharmacy Closures in Rural America, 2003-2018
Provides updated information on independently owned rural pharmacy closures from 2003 to 2018. Includes state-level data on rural pharmacy closures. Builds on past publications from RUPRI regarding rural pharmacy closures.
Author(s): Abiodun Salako, Fred Ullrich, Keith J. Mueller
Date: 07/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: RUPRI Center for Rural Health Policy Analysis
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The Opioid Epidemic: National Trends in Opioid-Related Overdose Deaths from 2000 to 2016
Details the rates of death caused by opioid overdoses throughout the U.S. from 2000-2016. Compares deaths caused by heroin and non-heroin opioids, as well as death rates in nonmetro, small/medium metro, and large metro areas. Companion Brief details overdose rates by state.
Additional links: The Opioid Epidemic: State Trends in Opioid-Related Overdose Deaths from 2000 to 2016
Author(s): Colin Planalp, Megan Lahr
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: State Health Access Data Assistance Center
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Obesity Prevalence Among Adults Living in Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Counties — United States, 2016
Reports on obesity prevalence among adults in metropolitan and nonmetro counties based on 2016 Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS) data. Includes metro/nonmetro data by age, sex, race/ethnicity, education, income, and employment status. Also provides state-by-state data on obesity prevalence in metro and nonmetro counties.
Author(s): Elizabeth A. Lundeen, Sohyun Park, Liping Pan, et al.
Citation: MMWR (Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report), 67(23), 653-658
Date: 06/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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The State of Senior Hunger in America 2016
Documents the rate of food insecurity among U.S. residents age 60 and over. Features demographics and characteristics of the senior population lacking access to sufficient food and shows state-level variation in food insecurity. Includes statistics with breakdowns by metro and nonmetro locations.
Additional links: Infographic
Author(s): James P. Ziliak, Craig Gundersen
Date: 05/2018
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Feeding America, National Foundation to End Senior Hunger
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