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Resources by Topic: The South

Net Migration Spurs Renewed Growth in Rural Areas of the United States
Discusses population migration data showing trends in metropolitan and nonmetropolitan population migration between 2019 and 2022 and within rural regions across the country. Notes impact of COVID-19 on trends.
Author(s): John Cromartie
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: USDA Economic Research Service
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Association of Social Vulnerability Index and Masking Adherence among Children Enrolled in COVID-19 Community Research Partnership Study
Examines the relationship between social vulnerability and masking during the COVID-19 pandemic among children aged 2 to 17 years old and living in the Southeast. Provides data on masking adherence according to age, race/ethnicity, sex, social vulnerability, and rural, suburban, or urban location.
Author(s): Keerti L. Dantuluri, Asare Buahin, Diane Uschner, et al.
Citation: BMC Public Health, 24, 410
Date: 02/2024
Type: Document
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Patient Characteristics Associated With Phone and Video Visits at a Tele-Urgent Care Center During the Initial COVID-19 Response: Cross-Sectional Study
Examines patient characteristics related to tele-urgent care in the southeastern United States during the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic period. Analyzes phone visits compared to video visits, with data further broken down by gender, age, health insurance status, prescriptions received, and rural versus urban location.
Author(s): Saif Khairat, Roshan John, Malvika Pillai, Philip McDaniel, Barbara Edson
Citation: Online Journal of Public Health Informatics, 16
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
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A Mixed Methods Evaluation Assessing the Feasibility of Implementing a PrEP Data Dashboard in the Southeastern United States
Explores perspectives from clinicians, administrators, and data personnel related to implementing a pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) dashboard that assists in providing preventive HIV infection care in rural Alabama. Analyzes survey data regarding the acceptability and feasibility of implementing a PrEP dashboard and the potential barriers of sustaining the technology long-term.
Author(s): Kaylee Burgan, C. Greer McCollum, Alfredo Guzman, et al.
Citation: BMC Health Services Research, 24, 101
Date: 01/2024
Type: Document
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Distance as a Barrier to HIV Testing Among Sexual and Gender Minority Populations in the Rural Southern Us: A Cross-sectional Study
Explores the role distance plays in access to HIV testing for gay, transgender, and gender non-conforming people in the rural southern U.S. Breaks down data by age, race, and distance traveled to receive care, among other measures.
Author(s): Alyssa Clausen, Rob B Stephenson, Patrick S Sullivan, et al.
Citation: Rural and Remote Health, 23(4), 8227
Date: 11/2023
Type: Document
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Four Mindsets for Funding Economic Mobility in the Black Rural South
Highlights opportunities for philanthropy to contribute to economic mobility in the Black rural South, based on conversations with nonprofit leaders, cooperative extension staff at historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs), funders, researchers, and others. Identifies 4 mindsets that, if changed, could impact the effectiveness and support of existing institutions that are already active in the Black rural South. Features statistics on per capita grantmaking from 2010-2014 with breakdowns including the Alabama Black Belt and Mississippi Delta region, Alabama, Mississippi, and Georgia.
Author(s): Mike Soskis, Angie Estevez Prada, Mark McKeag, Rich Pierre, Cynthia Phoel
Date: 08/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organizations: National 4-H Council, The Bridgespan Group
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Advancing Economic Development in Persistent-Poverty Communities
Examines census tracts to identify areas of "persistent poverty," defined as an area with at least a 20% poverty rate for at least 30 years. Discusses the distribution of the persistently poor population between rural and urban areas and highlights specific regions such as the Southeast, Tribal areas, and Appalachia. Outlines contributors to persistent poverty including workforce development, lack of infrastructure, race and ethnicity, economic conditions, and more. Presents 4 case studies, including 2 rural studies, to highlight overall themes and make recommendations for improving conditions in persistently poor locations. Interactive map provides information and data on persistent poverty counties.
Additional links: Executive Summary, Interactive Map
Author(s): August Benzow, Kenan Fikri, Joanne Kim, Daniel Newman
Date: 06/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Economic Innovation Group
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Ambulance Deserts: Geographic Disparities in the Provision of Ambulance Services
Webinar recording presenting key findings from a chartbook that analyzes 41 states in 2021-2022 and identifies places and people in ambulance deserts, defined as locations that are more than 25 minutes from an ambulance station.
Additional links: Presentation Slides, Transcript
Author(s): Yvonne Jonk
Date: 06/2023
Type: Video/Multimedia
Sponsoring organizations: Maine Rural Health Research Center, Rural Health Research Gateway
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'A Safe Place': Rural HIV Patients and Providers Fight Stigma, Isolation Through Connection
Reports on a variety of programs underway in rural areas for HIV prevention and treatment. Discusses the challenges and barriers, as well as strategies to address HIV in rural communities.
Author(s): Gretel Kauffman
Citation: Rural Monitor
Date: 06/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: Rural Health Information Hub
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How a Black Community Brought Affordable Health Care and Clean Water to Rural South Carolina in the 1970s
Reports on a predominately Black rural community in South Carolina that worked together to provide indoor plumbing, build a health center, and improve health outcomes of their citizens in the 1970s.
Author(s): Olivia Lewis
Date: 06/2023
Type: Document
Sponsoring organization: National Association of Community Health Centers
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