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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: State-by-state data

Potentially Excess Deaths from the Five Leading Causes of Death in Metropolitan and Nonmetropolitan Counties — United States, 2010–2017
Reports on the rural-urban disparities regarding potentially preventable deaths caused by heart disease, cancer, unintentional injury, chronic lower respiratory disease (CLRD), and stroke for populations less than 80 years of age. Updates a January 2017 report on the same topic, with the new report using a 6-level urban-rural classification scheme and adding additional years and annual percentage change information.
Additional links: Supplementary Table 1: Number of Potentially Excess Deaths, by HHS Region and Urban-Rural Classification, Supplementary Table 2: Percentage of Potentially Excess Deaths, by HHS Region and Urban-Rural Classification, Supplementary Table 3: Number of Potentially Excess Deaths, by State for Metro and Nonmetro, Supplementary Table 4: Percentage of Potentially Excess Deaths, by State for Metro and Nonmetro
Author(s): Macarena C. Garcia, Lauren M. Rossen, Brigham Bastian, et al.
Citation: MMWR Surveillance Summaries, 68(10), 1-11
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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Why Rural Matters 2018-2019: The Time is Now
Describes the context and conditions of rural education in each of the fifty states. Presents data focused on the key areas of need in rural education. Discusses early childhood development, adverse childhood experiences (ACEs), educational outcomes, college readiness, student and family diversity, and educational policy indicators.
Author(s): Daniel Showalter, Sara L. Hartman, Jerry Johnson, et al.
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural School and Community Trust
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Growth and Distribution of Child Psychiatrists in the United States: 2007-2016
Results of a study exploring trends in the growth and distribution of child psychiatrists in the United States from 2007-2016, noting differences in access in urban and rural areas. Includes statistics on the numbers of children and child psychiatrists in each state, and a county-level map showing the percent of change during the decade studied.
Author(s): Ryan K. McBain, Aaron Kofner, Bradley D. Stein, et al.
Citation: Pediatrics, 144(6)
Date: 11/2019
Type: Document
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America's Care of Serious Illness: A State-by-State Report Card on Access to Palliative Care in Our Nation's Hospitals
Examines access to palliative care services in hospitals. Includes some data on access to palliative care in rural hospitals with 50 or more beds and in hospitals with fewer than 50 beds, many of which are in rural areas.
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Center to Advance Palliative Care, National Palliative Care Research Center
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The State of Obesity 2019: Better Policies for a Healthier America
Report on obesity-related trends and topics. Offers policy recommendations to address obesity. Includes a special feature on racial and ethnic disparities in obesity. Provides data on obesity levels in rural areas and highlights programs developed to address obesity in rural communities. Includes state-level data on obesity and related chronic conditions, as well as obesity-related indicators and policies.
Author(s): Molly Warren, Stacy Beck, Daphne Delgado
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Trust for America's Health
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Household Food Security in the United States in 2018
Reports on household food security, food expenditures, and the use of federal food and nutrition assistance programs in 2018. Includes food insecurity statistics for metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas.
Author(s): Alisha Coleman-Jensen, Matthew P. Rabbitt, Christian A. Gregory, Anita Singh
Date: 09/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Rural America Has a Maternal Mortality Problem. Midwives Might Help Solve It.
Highlights the role of certified professional midwives in providing access to maternal and newborn care using an example from an Amish area of Tennessee. Discusses differences in state policies and integration with local health systems. Includes a map identifying maternal mortality rates by state.
Author(s): April Simpson
Date: 08/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pew Charitable Trusts
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Medicaid: States' Use and Distribution of Supplemental Payments to Hospitals
Examines the use of disproportionate share hospital (DSH) payments, which are given to hospitals with more Medicaid and uninsured patients. Addresses differences in state Medicaid expansion status, uninsured percentage, and uncompensated care in relation to DSH payments. Includes state data on DSH payments and uncompensated care costs by rural/urban hospital location, as well as data on Critical Access Hospital (CAH) and Sole Community Hospital DSH payments by state.
Additional links: Full Report
Date: 07/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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K-12 Education: Certain Groups of Students Attend Alternative Schools in Greater Proportions Than They Do Other Schools
Examines students at alternative schools compared to non-alternative schools. Focuses on enrollment, discipline, and support staff, including school psychologists and social workers. Identifies the location of the alternative schools in a map of the U.S. and includes an example from a rural school regarding support staff needs for dealing with trauma. Provides data on alternative school enrollment by state and race/ethnicity and students with disabilities for the top 100 districts.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Government Accountability Office
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Traffic Safety Facts, 2017 Data: Rural/Urban Comparison of Traffic Fatalities
Reports 2017 Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) data describing fatal motor vehicle crashes. Provides rural versus urban statistics for fatal motor vehicle crashes by time of day, speed, alcohol use, seat belt use, and rollover crashes.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
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