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Resources by Topic: Statistics and data

Life and Breath: How Air Pollution Affects Health in Minnesota
Provides a report and data on the health impacts of pollution in Minnesota. Discusses sources of air pollution; health impacts attributable to pollution; and differences in impacts by rural/urban location, poverty rate, health insurance coverage, and race/ethnicity. Includes maps with county-level data on air pollution health-related events.
Additional links: Full Report, Mapping the Data
Date: 06/2019
Type: Website
Sponsoring organization: Minnesota Department of Health
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Binge Drinking and Prescription Opioid Misuse in the U.S., 2012-2014
Explores the relationship between binge drinking and opioid misuse. Analyzes data from the 2012-2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health and presents data by age, race, and rural versus urban status, among other measures.
Author(s): Marissa B. Esser, Gery P. Guy Jr., Kun Zhang, et al.
Citation: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
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Mapping the Food Landscape in New Hampshire
Examines access to food and food support in New Hampshire at a census tract level. Covers farm and non-farm retail food sources, retail sites that accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Special Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children (WIC), food support sites such as the National School Lunch Program, and food pantries. Identifies less densely populated areas and areas with more people in poverty and discusses some issues specific to rural areas of the state.
Author(s): Jessica A. Carson
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Carsey School of Public Policy
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Unmet Need for Personal Care Assistance among Rural and Urban Older Adults
Policy brief exploring the unmet need for personal care help across 11 activities, such as self-care, household chores, and mobility-related tasks, with breakdowns by urban and rural location.
Author(s): Carrie Henning-Smith, Zhengtian Wu, Megan Lahr
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: University of Minnesota Rural Health Research Center
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Analysis of Obesity Rates for School Children in Pennsylvania
Report details an analysis of child obesity in Pennsylvania. Compares rural and urban rates by year and considers family demographics, such as occupation, household income, insurance coverage, among other factors.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Center for Rural Pennsylvania
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Medicare Advantage
Provides a fact sheet covering Medicare Advantage enrollment, plan types, payments and premiums, and supplemental benefits including the Part D prescription drug benefit. Discusses availability of Medicare Advantage plans in rural areas and related policies.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Kaiser Family Foundation
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Broadband Deployment: Status and Federal Programs
Addresses the availability of broadband in rural, urban, and tribal areas of the U.S.; percent of households with broadband; and federal programs supporting broadband development and adoption.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Congressional Research Service
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Rural-Urban and Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Invasive Cervical Cancer Incidence in the United States, 2010-2014
Results of a study examining 59,432 cases of cervical cancer. Features statistics on age-adjusted cervical cancer incidence, with breakdowns by race or ethnicity and urban or rural location.
Author(s): Lulu Yu, Susan A. Sabatino, Mary C. White
Citation: Preventing Chronic Disease, 16
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
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Rural Success: High-Performing CAHs Take Action for Antibiotic Stewardship
Highlights antibiotic stewardship program best practices and strategies from Critical Access Hospitals (CAHs) based on a series of focus groups. Includes antibiotic stewardship results from a CAH facility survey.
Citation: MBQIP Monthly, 1-3
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Stratis Health
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Hospitalizations for Newborns with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome - 2018
Examines newborn birth admissions involving neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) in Pennsylvania general acute care hospitals from October 2017 through September 2018. Features statistics comparing NAS newborns with all other newborn stays in categories such as rates of complications by type, length of hospital stays, and payment by Medicaid, and NAS rate per 1,000 newborn stays with breakdown by rural or urban location. Includes a county-level map showing rates of NAS.
Date: 06/2019
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Pennsylvania Health Care Cost Containment Council
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