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Rural Health
Resources by Topic: Statistics and data

Estimating the Number of People Who Inject Drugs in A Rural County in Appalachia
Demonstrates how a group of researchers conducted data collection in Cabell County, West Virginia in June and July 2018, to estimate the number of people who inject drugs such as heroin, methamphetamine, and fentanyl. Features statistics including demographics and breakdowns by type of drug injected.
Author(s): Sean T. Allen, Allison O'Rourke, Rebecca Hamilton White, et al.
Citation: American Journal of Public Health, 109(3), 445-450
Date: 03/2019
Type: Document
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Working Together for Children and Families: Findings from the National Descriptive Study of Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships
Provides information about programs participating in the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships in urban and rural areas, and their activities delivering services to infants, toddlers, and families. Features statistics including number and type of partners recruited by grantees, child care partner enrollment capacity, hours of operation, staff salaries, and locations of grantees with breakdowns by 9 levels of urban or rural location.
Author(s): Patricia Del Grosso, Jaime Thomas, Libby Makowsky, et al.
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Administration for Children and Families
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Texas Statewide Behavioral Health Fiscal Years 2017-2021 Strategic Plan Update and the Foundation for the IDD Strategic Plan
Provides a five-year behavioral health strategic plan for the Texas legislature, addressing behavioral health needs in the state, current services provided by state agencies, and recommendations for future investments. Includes a section on efforts by the Texas State Office of Rural Health and behavioral health loan repayment programs, and discusses rural challenges and programs throughout. Offers a separate Statewide Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (DD) Strategic Plan, describing the state's IDD population and current programs serving them.
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Texas Health and Human Services Commission
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Report to Congress: Current State of Technology-Enabled Collaborative Learning and Capacity Building Models
Reports on the impact of technology-enabled collaborative learning and capacity building models as required by the Expanding Capacity for Health Outcomes (ECHO) Act. Examines how such models are being used to improve healthcare quality and address health workforce capacity, particularly in rural areas, the evidence behind model effectiveness, and evidence gaps. Provides recommendations on expanding model adoption and its use in continuing medical education. Appendix includes an inventory of Project ECHO models and other similar models by state and in several other countries.
Additional links: Appendix
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: HHS Office of the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation
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Rural Health Outcomes and Infrastructure in Arizona
Summarizes Arizona's health insurance coverage by county, rural population by county, and rural health infrastructure. Includes a map showing the location of Critical Access Hospitals, Rural Health Clinics, and Federally Qualified Health Centers in rural areas of the state.
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Arizona Center for Rural Health
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Evaluation of the Million HeartsĀ® Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model: First Annual Report
Evaluates the first year of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Million Hearts Cardiovascular Disease Risk Reduction Model to determine whether, and how, it reduces first-time strokes, heart attacks, and Medicare spending. Covers participant characteristics, including rural or urban status and organization type; approaches used to implement the model; preventative care efforts; experiences with CMS support tools for the project; and reasons for joining and leaving the model.
Author(s): Leslie Conwell, Linda Barterian, Adam Rose, et al.
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, Mathematica Policy Research
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Health System Interventions to Prevent Firearms Injuries and Death: Proceedings of a Workshop
Summarizes the proceedings of a workshop focused on how healthcare systems can reduce gun violence and injuries. Discusses the impact of health systems on the reduction, ways to identify high risk individuals, health system interventions, program examples, and more. Addresses rural in several chapters, including firearm homicide and suicide rates for rural and urban areas, a VA program targeting rural veterans at risk for suicide, a study of gun behavior in Alaska Native populations, and recommendations from a rural physician.
Additional links: Read Online
Author(s): Board on Population Health and Public Health Practice
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Health and Medicine Division (HMD), National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
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Long-term Care Providers and Services Users in the United States, 2015-2016
Describes the supply, organizational characteristics, staffing, and services offered by providers. Gives descriptions of services users, including residents of nursing homes and residential care communities, patients receiving home health or hospice care, and people who attend adult day care centers. Features statistics including distribution of long-term care providers in 2016, with breakdowns by metropolitan, micropolitan, or other area.
Author(s): L. Harris-Kojetin, M. Sengupta, J.P. Lendon, et al.
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Center for Health Statistics
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The State of Primary Care Physician Workforce
State-level information describing the primary care physician workforce in 50 states and the District of Columbia. Features statistics including age, gender, training origin, distribution of physicians, percent of state population living in rural areas, and percent of physicians practicing in rural communities.
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Robert Graham Center
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Characteristics of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program Households: Fiscal Year 2017
Presents an overview of the SNAP Program eligibility requirements and benefit levels. Provides detailed tables showing comparisons in rural-urban areas. Reports that 16.9% of SNAP households are in rural and micropolitan areas. Coverage includes October 2016 through September 2017.
Author(s): Kathryn Cronquist, Sarah Lauffer
Date: 02/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Food and Nutrition Service
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