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Resources by Topic: The South

As the South Grows: Strong Roots
Explores the connection between community-driven economic development and equity in the South, particularly in the Lowcountry and Coal Country. Focuses on promoting systemic, long-term economic change in the South through culturally sensitive, locally controlled philanthropic investments.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Ryan Schlegel, Stephanie Peng
Date: 06/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
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Assessing Diabetes and Factors Associated with Foregoing Medical Care among Persons with Diabetes: Disparities Facing American Indian/Alaska Native, Black, Hispanic, Low Income, and Southern Adults in the U.S. (2011-2015)
Identifies trends in care of and prevalence of diabetes in terms of socioeconomic and demographic characteristics, and explores individual and community factors related to diabetes and diabetics' unmet medical needs. Features statistics on percentages of adults diagnosed with diabetes from 2011-2015 and distribution of diabetes and foregone medical care, with breakdowns including race or ethnicity, income, and levels of rurality.
Author(s): Samuel D. Towne, Jr., Jane Bolin, Alva Ferdinand, et al.
Location: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 14(5), 464
Date: 05/2017
Type: Document
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As the South Grows: On Fertile Soil
Examines the discrepancy between philanthropic efforts in the South and other regions of the United States. Provides examples of Southern nonprofit leaders, and makes recommendations to help foundations and donors maximize the impact of their investments. Also explains why alternative methods for giving may be required in the South, where organizations and leaders don't always conform to traditional educational and organizational standards. Rural-specific considerations are discussed throughout.
Additional links: Executive Summary
Author(s): Ryan Schlegel, Stephanie Peng
Date: 04/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy
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Poverty Rates by Region and Metro/Nonmetro Status, 2011-2015
Bar chart showing metropolitan and nonmetro poverty rates for the Northeast, Midwest, South, and West.
Date: 03/2017
Type: Chart/Graph
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Understanding the Importance of Medical Student Clerkships in Poor Health Outcome Regions Served by Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) in Impoverished Locations of Southern United States
Highlights the importance of Area Health Education Centers (AHECs) in providing valuable community-based training for health professional students intending to work in rural or underserved areas to help them understand the factors and the barriers affecting positive health outcomes. Discusses how training or clerkships in areas such as the Southern Black Belt can bridge the gap between healthcare professionals and diverse patient populations.
Author(s): Ashruta Patel
Location: Archives of Public Health, 75(7)
Date: 02/2017
Type: Document
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Over Tea, South Carolina Girls Learn about Healthy Decisions
Highlights South Carolina's Tea Time with Teens, a program aimed at reducing teen pregnancy by bringing together community leaders, mothers, and daughters to build life skills and make healthy decisions.
Author(s): Allee Mead
Location: Rural Monitor
Date: 01/2017
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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Ethnic Identity Attachment and Motivation for Weight Loss and Exercise Among Rural, Overweight, African-American Women
Results of a survey and assessment of overweight African American women in the South about their motivation for weight loss and exercise as it connects to ethnicity and rurality. Includes a discussion of racial identity, rural influence, and chronic disease diagnosis.
Author(s): K. Bryant Smalley, Jacob C. Warren, Sydney McClendon, Wilburn Peacock, Marisol Caro
Location: Clinical Medicine Insights: Women's Health, 9(Suppl 1), 95-101
Date: 11/2016
Type: Document
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Connection Between Depression and Inability to Fill Prescriptions in Rural FQHC Patients with Chronic Disease
Examines rates of depression among 438 patients with hypertension or diabetes at Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs) in the rural South. Also explores whether inability to afford prescription medicines within the previous 12 months is a predictor of depression in these patients. Includes statistics with breakdowns by race or ethnicity, gender, education, employment status, income, chronic condition, and history of mental illness.
Author(s): K. Bryant Smalley, Jacob C. Warren, K. Nikki Barefoot
Location: Rural Mental Health, 40(2), 113-123
Date: 04/2016
Type: Document
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Climate Justice in Rural Southeastern United States: A Review of Climate Change Impacts and Effects on Human Health
Reviews the literature from 2010 to 2015 regarding the health effects due to climate change on vulnerable populations in the rural Southeastern part of the U.S. Offers suggestions for climate change mitigation in this region at the local, regional, and national level.
Author(s): Kristie S. Gutierrez, Catherine E. LePrevost
Location: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(2), 189
Date: 02/2016
Type: Document
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Bringing Community and Academic Scholars Together to Facilitate and Conduct Authentic Community Based Participatory Research: Project UNITED
Overview of a community based participatory research (CBPR) grant proposal and a comprehensive CBPR obesity-related program to facilitate and promote collaboration between academic researchers and a community to address obesity related health disparities, primarily among African American communities in the rural South.
Author(s): Dwight Lewis Jr., Lea Yerby, Melanie Tucker, et al.
Location: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 13(1), 35
Date: 01/2016
Type: Document
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